Thursday, January 19, 2006

A new church opens

I was happy to assist in the opening of a new church out here - a church I've been working for for a few years. Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church opened its doors Tuesday in a high mass officiated by both of our parish priests, a number of visiting clerics and the head of our diocese, Bishop Paul Loverde.

It's been a long time coming but it's finally open and it's a beautiful church. The stained glass windows were rescued from a church that was being decommissioned up in Elmira, NY. They're lovely and - wonder of wonders - you can actually view every one of them here at the church's web site. Our first Sunday masses will be held this weekend and I'm looking forward to taking the family there. I was there Tuesday in a support role for the reception since the mass was mid-day and the wife and daughter weren't able to attend.

Congrats to Fathers Saunders and Belli for seeing this through and to the rest of us for pulling together on it.