Ground Broken for New St. Isidore Church
On Sunday, November 6, 2011, following the parish Sunday Mass, members of St. Isidore Mission Parish in Stedman, NC, broke ground for a new church, expected to be completed by May 15, 2012, the Feast of St. Isidore.
Growth of the parish and new real estate development in the area as well as the planned widening of U.S. Highway 24 made the new church necessary, and planning and fundraising have been going on for 10 years. In addition to funds raised by the parish, the church will be funded by a grant of $183,000 from the Diocesan Home Mission Society. The Home Mission Society was formed in 2007 to secure funding for the construction and furnishing of mission churches and chapels in the mission areas of the Diocese of Raleigh. A special emphasis is placed on building churches and chapels in areas where the parishioners are not presently able, because of economic circumstance, to fund the construction of sacred worship space in the traditional manner of capital campaigns, loans, and parish savings.
Rev. Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese, represented the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, at the groundbreaking. Also participating in the ceremonies were Rev. Msgr. Jeffrey Ingham, Dean of the Fayetteville Deanery, Deacon Nay Enriquez, Pastoral Administrator of St. Isidore, Rev. Thomas Davis, Administrator of Good Shepherd Parish in Hope Mills, and Rev. John R. Kelly, retired. St. Isidore is a Mission of Good Shepherd.
“Many of us have two feelings today,” Deacon Enriquez said. “It saddens us to leave, but the idea of a new church is exciting. The most important thing to remember is that we bring with us our community and Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, who is our strength.”