A Time to Build

Dedication On Schedule - September 19th

Several of the important yellow caution lights on the road to the dedication have turned green. A couple remain, but all indications are that the dedication will take place as scheduled on September 19th.

Yesterday our staff had a pleasant meeting with Fr. Michael Hall, Director of the Office of Worship to finalize the liturgy planning. 

No formal invitation to the dedication liturgy is required --- everyone is invited!

Please come and join in the praise to our God in our new church with our diocesan bishop, David O'Connell, our pastor and our entire parish community.



Many Thanks To Volunteer Parishioners On Our Church Clean Up Crew


Today volunteers began sprucing up the chairs from the St. Michael Media Room that will be put in the St. Joseph Hospitality Room in the church basement. They had already been cleaned by our carpet cleaners, but due to heavy use over the years by our school students, hospitality and our own parish meetings, they needed quite a bit more spot cleaning and some good old fashioned elbow grease. 

Thank you for helping not only by cleaning the chairs, but by building pride in our new church and ensuring it becomes a place of welcome and grace for parishioners and guests alike!

We will need plenty more help when we're granted access to the church itself, so please call the office if you're willing to help with anything from dusting to heavy lifting!


Getting Ready...

We brought some candlesticks and the main altar cross into the church last night and put them in place to begin arranging the sanctuary. We've done a walk through with the construction manager to determine locations for the Stations of the Cross, the Consecration Candles, poor boxes and brackets for the sanctuary lamps.

Monte Brothers are working on the sound system speakers.

Installation of the outdoor sprinkler system continues and the plantings should be mulched on Monday. 

The triangular architectural details are being installed on the church steeple today. (Pictures to follow)



Final Paving and Pathways

The main entry drive requires more excavation than anticipated. Rather than patching the edges, a entirely new drive is required due to discrepancies between grade and curb height. By the looks of things, it will be impassible for the weekend masses. It might be one  way in on Ward and one way out on Rumson for the weekend; we'll let you know and post signs.


Prayer Garden Pavers in Place




All the prayer garden pavers which were fully paid by the end of June have been placed in prayer garden. Stop by and inspect the walk after the masses on Sunday to locate your paver and be sure the spelling is correct.

Many other pavers are in reserve pending fulfillment of the pledge. Paver bricks can be reserved at any time; it doesn't take too long to receive a brick once it is ordered. There is plenty of room for as many bricks are we please.


From the Rite of Dedication of a Church

Because the church is a visible building, it stands as a special sign of the pilgrim Church on earth and reflects the Church dwelling in heaven.

When a church is erected as a building destined solely and permanently for assembling the people of God and for carrying out sacred functions, it is fitting that it be dedicated to God with a solemn rite in accordance with the ancient custom of the Church.

A church should be "dignified, evincing a noble beauty...and stand as a sign and symbol of heavenly realities."

Rite of Dedication of a Church

Chapter 2, Introduction