A standing room only crowd took part in the dedication of the new St. Eugene Catholic Church in Wendell Saturday, March 10, 2012. Prior to the celebration of Mass, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge accepted the keys to the Church from GG Contractors and presented them to Father Joseph Lapauw, CICM, Pastor of St. Eugene.
The new facility, which seats approximately 600, was built at a total cost of $3.1 million. This is the third church building the parish has had in its history, which dates back to 1929 when a small group of Catholics gathered in the living room of Mr. and Mrs. Namy Joseph. The first St. Eugene Church was dedicated in 1948. As the parish community began to grown, the parish constructed an all-purpose building to address its needs in the late 1980s. That growth has continued where, today, the parish is comprised of a diverse community of 1,262 families.
Bishop Burbidge spoke of the diversity in his homily when he repeated the prayer recited during the blessing of the water that when “sprinkled upon us … we become one in Christ.” The Bishop said, “It is amazing to see the great diversity of your parish. Always celebrate it. In addition, strive to preserve the unity that is ours in Christ Jesus, the One who unites us as brothers and sisters.”
Noting that on Friday evening, the Diocese opened the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Father Thomas F. Price, Bishop Burbidge said, “He (Father Price) understood that his most important task in life was to be holy. Never forget the reason this parish church exists: to help us to become holy, to become saints, especially as we are enlightened by God’s Word and nourished by His Sacraments.”
Father Lapauw provided the Spanish translation of the homily.
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Above: The new St. Eugene Catholic Church in Wendell, dedicated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on March 10. (Click photo to view larger.)
Above: Bishop Burbidge receiving the keys to the Church from GG Construction Company at the beginning of Mass celebrating the dedication. (Click photo to view larger.)
Above: Bishop Burbidge reciting the Prayer of Dedication following the Depositing of the relic of St. Maria Goretti in the aperture beneath the altar. (Click photo to view larger.)