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Columbarium Dedicated and Blessed at St. Mark Church in Wilmington

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St. Mark Catholic Church in Wilmington dedicated its new columbarium on Thursday, August 9, 2012. Reverend Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese, presided at the Blessing and Commitment Service. Present were Father Steven Carlson, pastor of St. Mark, parish staff and members of the parish family.

The columbarium was constructed to hold 370 niches.  Planning began two years ago as the result of a parish survey that had been undertaken that indicated support for the project. Prior to approval for construction, 70 parishioners made a non-binding reservation for a niche by making a $1,000 refundable pledge. Twenty parishioners from St. Therese Catholic Church in Wrightsville Beach also made a refundable pledge. The 90 reserved niches indicated strong support and the project was approved. Mr. Caleb Strittmatter, parish administrator of St. Mark, said only two pledges were withdrawn and both for personal reasons.

The columbarium is divided into four sections: Crucifixion, Holy Family, Our Lady of Lourdes and our Faith Journey. The Faith Journey section has five significant images. They are Jesus in the Jordan River (Baptism), the Last Supper (Eucharist), the Cross (Redemption), the Tomb (Resurrection), and the Assumption of Mary.

Building of the columbarium was part of a larger project at the parish that included the construction of a gymnasium / auditorium for the parish and St. Mark School and an additional 200 parking spaces. Total cost of the project was $3.9 million.

Above: Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General, presiding at blessing of columbarium at St. Mark Church in Wilmington. Click photo to view larger.

Above: Parishioners gathered for blessing of columbarium. Click photo to view larger.

Above: Life-size crucifix of Jesus facing the section of the columbarium that contains Faith Journey images. Click photo to view larger.