On Sunday, November 18, 2012, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge dedicated the Father Thomas Frederick Price Family Life Center at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clinton. It was exactly one year since ground was broken for the project, which included a social hall, kitchen and several classrooms for faith formation.
Bishop Burbidge celebrated Mass prior to the dedication, with Fr. Mark J. Betti, Pastor of Immaculate Conception, concelebrating.
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge noted that these times are special in the life of the Church, the Diocese, Immaculate Conception Parish, and the nation. The Church has embarked on the Year of Faith. The Diocese is promoting the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Fr. Thomas Price, as well as conducting a campaign to build Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. For the members of Immaculate Conception, the completion of the parish center was a cause for joy. And this week the nation celebrates Thanksgiving, “a reminder of the blessings that are ours: especially the gifts of faith, freedom, family and friends. All these come to us from our generous and loving God, the One to whom we offer praise and thanks.”
Alluding to the recent gathering of the U.S. Bishops in Baltimore, Bishop Burbidge said, “We discussed many difficult and sobering challenges confronting us as a nation and a Church, namely threats against the sacredness of life, the sanctity of marriage and threats against religious freedom and liberty.” Yet, he said, “We are renewed today in knowing that God is in our midst and will provide the strength and grace we need.”
A reception in the new hall followed the dedication.
Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrating Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Clinton prior to dedicating new Family Life Center. Pastor Fr. Mark J. Betti, left, concelebrated. Gerard Hall, Diocesan Director of the Office of Divine Worship, right, assisting.
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Below: Bishop Burbidge during dedication of the new parish center with faithful gathered for the ceremony.