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AUG 2019

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derbydinner.com 26 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.19 THE BIT with a community room, childcare space, offices and training rooms. Parishioners are having mixed responses to recent efforts to preserve the convent and school, with a Landmarks Commission hearing scheduled for this month. A successful petition to grant the two buildings landmark status wouldn't necessarily save them, though it would require Catholic Charities to pitch its plans to the commission for approval. Tom Head, who attended Holy Name from 1933 to 1941, wasn't happy when the convent was built because it eliminated a play yard. e new construction would include a play yard, although a little late for 92-year-old Head. He and other Holy Name graduates recently reminisced about their church and school. Father Tim An important figure for many was Father Tim — that is, Monsignor Francis J. Timoney, pastor of Holy Name from 1932 to 1966. "My uncle told us a story about collecting coal from the railroad tracks during the De- pression," says Gary Hagan, who attended Holy Name from 1951-'56. "e railroad police would chase them away. Father Tim, he'd ask the railroad police to leave the kids alone, and he'd have buckets for the kids to carry. And he'd tell them, 'Pick up some coal for the rectory while you're at it.'" Years later, Father Tim was standing outside Earl Garr's tavern talking to folks on the corner when Hagan, then a Lou- isville police officer, and his partner were dispatched to a crime scene. "We got the call, turned on the siren, and Father Tim stepped into the street, raised his hand and gave us a blessing," Hagan says. "We knew we would be safe that run." First Holy Communion Like all the other little girls, Betty Hol- bourn (who attended Holy Name from 1937-'45) wore a new white dress for her first communion. "I used to sit and look at that picture and say (in her dreamiest voice), 'Oh, how beautiful!'" Holbourn says. "My mother, she washed that dress — it was a beautiful dress with lace and all — and it shrunk up to like where a doll could wear it." "My husband (Don) and I have been married 51 years," says Sue Hill (1955-'64). "At the time I made my first communion, he stood right behind me.… My veil kept going down, down, down, and he kept pulling it and pulling it. And finally, you know, I just elbowed him real good….He'll tell you, 'I married my wife when we had our first communion.'"

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