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Bishop Dedicates John Paul II Family Learning Center in Fuquay-Varina

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On November 22, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge dedicated the John Paul II Family Learning Center at St. Bernadette Church in Fuquay-Varina. Hundreds of parishioners braved chill winds for the dedication ceremony, at which Fuquay-Varina Mayor and St. Bernadette parishioner John Byrne and Father Mark J. Betti, Pastor of St. Bernadette, thanked all those involved for their efforts in funding and constructing the new building.

The Learning Center is the first phase of a parish expansion project which will include expansion of the church building, a second learning center, a family life center and a free-standing chapel for Eucharistic Adoration.

Following a prayer and Scripture reading, the Bishop entered the building and blessed classrooms and meeting space sorely needed by one of the most rapidly growing parishes in the Diocese. Father Betti said the parish membership is increasing at an average rate of a family a day.

As Bishop Burbidge dedicated the Center, the parish children’s choir sang in English and Spanish. Next the Bishop blessed a new garden and monument to the innocent victims of abortion. The ceremony was attended by an honor guard of the Knights of Columbus, Assemblies 2983 of Garner, 3005 of Chapel Hill and 2446 of Cary/Apex.

After the ceremony, parishioners adjourned to the parish social hall for a Mexican meal prepared by Hispanic parishioners.