Burlington Parish Breaks Ground for Larger Church
On Friday evening, June 11, Blessed Sacrament Parish in Burlington held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its future church. The present church, which seats 400, was dedicated in 1971. Since then, the number of families in the parish has more than tripled. Construction on the new church will begin immediately, with a target date of completion in 2011. The new church will have a capacity of 1,200.
In attendance at the ceremony, along with Fr. Robert Benko, OFM Conv., Pastor of Blessed Sacrament, and the other friars residing in Burlington and many parishioners, was the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, who blessed the grounds where the new church will be built.
The parish traces its origins back to 1901, beginning as a Catholic mission. The first church building was constructed in 1935, along with a school that opened that year with an enrollment of 25 students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Today, Blessed Sacrament School has an enrollment of 210.
Earlier in the day, prior to the groundbreaking, Bishop Burbidge celebrated Mass at the graduation of 19 eighth graders from Blessed Sacrament school, now marking its 75th anniversary.
Above: Parish leaders take part in groundbreaking ceremony for new Blessed Sacrament Church to be built in Burlington.
Below: Artist rendering of new church that will replace the current facility, which was built in 1971.