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Michigan Tech Catholic Campus Ministry begins work on Ice Chapel

 During winter carnival, the church holds mass in the outdoor chapel, joining in Michigan Tech’s celebration.
During winter carnival, the church holds mass in the outdoor chapel, joining in Michigan Tech’s celebration. (WLUC)
Published: Jan. 18, 2020 at 7:49 PM EST
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Saturday's snowstorm was fitting for a building project taking place at Michigan Tech’s Saint Albert the Great Catholic Campus Ministry.

The students are working on the “Lady of the Snow’s” ice chapel. The students dump snow into a wooden form that creates the walls of the chapel. As more snow gets added, it’s packed down to help it harden before building the next wall.

During winter carnival, the church holds mass in the outdoor chapel, joining in Michigan Tech’s celebration.

“So it’s kind of like the mix of the Catholic culture as well as the Michigan Tech culture. Especially around the winter carnival time, you’ve got all the fraternities and sororities building the statues for a month down on campus, so it’s kind of a neat integration of something that Michigan Tech loves and something that the Catholic Church loves,” said Father Dustin Larson, Associate Pastor, Saint Albert the Great.

Ice Chapel Masses will take place Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., with one more taking place at 10 a.m. Feb. 8. The public is welcome to attend.

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