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Holy Martyrs in Tarentum continues tradition of sawdust carpets

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Elise and Caitlyn Fitzgerald of St. Alphonsus Church in Springdale work on details in the corner of their carpet on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
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The sawdust carpets are finished and the Rev. Andrew Fischer, Parochial Vicar of the Upper Allegheny Valley Church Grouping, carries the monstrance as he leads the procession over the finished carpets on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
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Mike Werries | For the Tribune-Review
The sawdust carpets are finished and the Rev. Andrew Fischer, Parochial Vicar of the Upper Allegheny Valley Church Grouping, carries the monstrance as he leads the procession over the finished carpets on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
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Becky Jenkins and Mary Lynn Scanga discuss the layout and positioning of lettering for their carpet on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
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Joey Scanga, Elena Jenkins and Gary Scanga of Holy Martyrs Church work on a sawdust carpet on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
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Chrissie Huey and Diane Conroy work on carpet as their sister, Elizabeth Huey, who came in from Florida, and son Colt Huey, 2, watch on Sunday, June 23, 2019. The Huey family has been making carpets for several generations.
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Mike Werries | For the Tribune-Review
The sawdust carpets are finished and the Rev. Andrew Fischer, Parochial Vicar of the Upper Allegheny Valley Church Grouping, carries the monstrance as he leads the procession over the finished carpets on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
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Mike Werries | For the Tribune-Review
The sawdust carpets are finished and the Rev. Andrew Fischer, Parochial Vicar of the Upper Allegheny Valley Church Grouping, carries the monstrance as he leads the procession over the finished carpets on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Parishioners from Holy Martyrs Church in Tarentum and other area churches have been creating elaborate carpets made of dyed sawdust to celebrate the Christian holy day of Corpus Christi (the body of Christ) for 76 years. This year, the weather cooperated and dozens of volunteers gathered on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Holy Martyrs to fashion more than a dozen of the colorful carpets in the church’s parking lot.

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