UPDATE 11/5/2013 11:05 PM
Parishioners celebrate the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta.
They receive a very special honor.
The title of Minor Basilica was given to the church in June and Tuesday night was the inaugural celebration, with many visiting priests and diocese members coming for the ceremony.
St. Mary's now holds a higher distinction among other churches in the Diocese of Steubenville and parishioners couldn't be happier.
"The parishioners love the church so much and Father Mike takes such good care of it, it's just really great for Marietta to have a Basilica," says Parishioner Katie Husion.
The Basilica of St. Marys now has the right to display the papal symbol.
Basilicas are traditionally named because of their historical and architectural value.
There are only two others in the state of Ohio, and now this Marietta church shares the same great distinction.
Monsignor John Michael Campbell from St. Mary's Catholic Church says the secretary of liturgy for the United States Council of Catholic Bishops had a big suggestion; that they apply to the Sacred Congregation for Liturgy in the Sacraments to have the church named a basilica.
“It's the 76th basilica in the United States, so it's a great honor for us as a parish,” Campbell says. “It's a tremendous honor for the Diocese of Steubenville and it's a tremendous honor for the city of Marietta.”
Campbell says bus groups already signed up to visit the basilica and are traveling to Marietta to see what a wonderful place they have.
The official dedication is Tuesday, November 5.