Servatius Church

The parish church has a long history. Lieshout is a Frankish domain that was founded around 700. There must have been a simple wooden chapel then. In the eleventh century, a stone church was built. Remnants of this can still be seen at 't Hof. In the middle of the twelfth century, the owners of the Lieshout estate donated four farms to Saint Servatius in Maastricht. The church will undoubtedly owe its patron saint to this.

The present church, already the sixth since the first chapel, dates…

The parish church has a long history. Lieshout is a Frankish domain that was founded around 700. There must have been a simple wooden chapel then. In the eleventh century, a stone church was built. Remnants of this can still be seen at 't Hof. In the middle of the twelfth century, the owners of the Lieshout estate donated four farms to Saint Servatius in Maastricht. The church will undoubtedly owe its patron saint to this.

The present church, already the sixth since the first chapel, dates from 1962 and was built on the historic site where the enclosed Ribbius House used to stand. The new church is also completely surrounded by the wide old moat, which has been preserved.  The pastor of this church was Pastor Schoenmakers. The foundation stone was laid on 15 October 1961. If one were to give a short description of the church, one could call it the "Bride of God", because it resembles a fortress with years of tower-like extensions and because it is completely surrounded by the wide old moat. The main lines are sober and austere. The walls are built up in different coloured bricks. The bricks are jumbled up at an angle. The main entrance is framed in stained glass on both sides. The construction is such that the ceiling is suspended from a cantilevered steel roof. This has created a large square space, without annoying pillars that could obstruct the view of the altar. The acoustic qualities proved to be excellent. The floor is a 'pebble in concrete' floor, which works very well in combination with the brickwork. The altar is placed on a height, and consists of a sculpture base with the altar shelf on top, which weighs no less than 3.5 tons. The sculpture on the altar base represents the miraculous bread and fish supper, the rain of manna and the wedding at Cana. The goldsmith H. van den Thillard designed the cross, candlesticks and tabernacle. Under the altar, marble was laid, the only material from the old church. The new church cost a total of 502,000 guilders. 

Special attention was paid to the organ during construction: at the time, Floris van der Putt was pastor in Lieshout. He was a very gifted composer. There are bound to be fascinating stories about the church, but that also applies, of course, to the clergy that used to rule the parish. What do you remember about the priest? Think for instance of the building vicar with whom it all started, Mr C. Schoenmakers. Or the pastor Floris van der Putt, who was installed in February 1965 and who has been taking care of the Holy Mass in the Servatius Church ever since. Van der Putt was a former music teacher at the minor seminary Beekvliet in Sint Michielsgestel. The Piusalmanak shows that in Lieshout he was supported in his pastoral tasks by chaplain A.J.J. van Erp.

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