St. Mary Church and German Village Photos

Why are the St. Mary's photos here and not on the St. Mary Parish web page?

The St. Mary web page is gone. In October when Father Lutz retired, Fr. Vincent Nguyen was named pastor. One of his first acts was to take down the long running St. Mary web page which included many photos of Father Lutz as he guided the parish through the beautiful restoration of the deteriorating and vacated church building. In doing so, Nguyen removed one of the best channels of communication and, presumably, a lot of St. Mary pictorial history. Clicking on "" now takes you, not to the St. Mary web page, but to the Corpus Christi/St. Lads web page ( Minimal St. Mary information was added to that page. The great St. Mary's 154 year legacy was under attack.

After the St. Mary web page ( was revamped 14 years ago it had become a up-to-date vehicle for disseminating information to parish members and many others. In addition, thousands of photographs memorialized significant events in the life of the parish. Even a number of years ago, when Father Lutz was responsible for the three parishes (Corpus Christi, St. Lads, and St. Mary), the web page stood and St. Mary retained it's identity.

When I reported on Facebook about the obvious removal of the parish web page I was verbally attacked by Fr. Vince Nguyen who was extremely sensitive about my report that he had taken down the long running St. Mary web page. He was in some sort of denial. He told me multiple times that he was the pastor and demanded that I immediately remove the bean-spilling post. He demanded absolute control.

After I refused to remove my Facebook post (Deacon) Roger Minner told me in a email that he had removed me as a administrator of the original Parish Facebook page as "Father Vince requested". It was true. Then sadly, after removing the St. Mary parish web page, Vince then removed both my Facebook post and me in a attempt to conceal the fact.

Because the photos on the St. Mary web page are mine, I have posted them on my web page which you can view via the links below.

How fortunate am I and my family to have experienced St. Mary's, starting with my maternal grandparents marriage there in 1909, to my mother's high school graduation in 1936, to my high school graduation in 1960, documenting with over a thousand photos the restoration of the beautiful church, and on and on to today. One young and upcoming priest and his lackey will not demean or relegate to the back of the bus, much less change, the long and great history of St. Mary Parish.

Your comments are welcome. Email to John Rees here (

UPDATE: With the demise of St. Lads and Corpus Christi, the old St.Mary web page ( is rumored to return. The web page could return with a "fresh start" and a new web page started on June 29th named, "". That domain, as does the original St. Mary web page "", (depicted here) presently goes to the St. Lads web page, but with either a actual St. Mary web page could return.
To view more St. Mary and German Village Photos click HERE