By Ginny Revel
From the Prayer of Dedication (on the occasion of the consecration of the new
“Father in Heaven…
For today we come before you, to dedicate to your lasting service this House of prayer, this temple of worship, this home in which we are nourished by your word and your sacraments.”
Joy and excitement were tangible at the dedication of the new
Lance Stewart, the building project’s landscape coordinator, greeted the attendees as they arrived for the Dedication Mass. He shared his thoughts on the celebration and the impact of this years-long journey by remarking: “The most rewarding element for me is all the fabulous friendships I have made with other Catholics, and the community we have forged together. I will never forget this experience.”
The idea of Church as “home” was another golden thread woven throughout the readings of the
The Church, as represented in both the physical structure and in the mystical Body of Christ, is the dwelling place of God on earth. This was indicated in the second reading at Mass from 1Corinthians 3-9c-11, 16-17: “…You are God’s building…Do you not know that you are the
Bishop Berg explained that Jesus is calling all, as his brothers and sisters, into a holy communion with him, in his Sacred Heart. He is building us into his family and into his Church. Jesus is inviting all peoples to remember who they are and who they belong to, and to return home.
This plea was echoed in Fr. Chrysogonus’ written remarks welcoming everyone to this beautiful, new
And Fr. Mike Smith, S.J., when asked about temporarily forsaking his retirement to attend the dedication of the new church that was for many years the dream and vision of his pastorate, said simply, “Yes, I’m coming home!”
In addition to the exquisite
As Fr. Chrysogonus stated, “The People of God built this
For more coverage by Ginny Revel on the the dedication of Sacred Heart, read December's print issue of Today's Catholic, due in homes on or around December 16.