A major milestone in the history of Our Lady of the Assumption parish was reached on the 16th of December when Archbishop Miller consecrated our new church building, Although construction is ongoing and probably won’t be completed for several months we have received “occupancy permission” and were able to celebrate our Christmas masses in the new facility.
For those who have not seen it, I highly recommend a visit. I am sure you will find it as impressive as I did. The seating capacity,when finished will be 900 people but for the consecration ceremony I estimate that 1000 people were in attendance. Many of the local priests and all of the living priests who have served our parish were in attendance as well as a delegation from Westminster Abby in Mission including the Abbot and their Schola Choir.
An Honor Guard of Sir Knights in Regalia comprised of members of three Assemblies, Bishop Durieau, John Paul II, and of course our own Archbishop Carney provided thirteen stalwart men to escort the clergy into the building, The ceremony took in excess of two hour to complete but it was an experience not to be forgotten. The comments overheard regarding the Knights participation were most complimentary and as their commander I concur and feel the compliments were fully justified. My Thanks to all of the participating Sir Knights. Once again you did our Order Proud!
On a sad note, Our parish lost a dearly loved member. The widow of Sir Knight Ernie Knechtel went to join him in heaven on the 28th of December. This occasion is sad because of our loss but merely a transition for her. As requested by Mary in her will and by the consent of her family a two man Honor Guard comprised of SK Greg Lazar and me was provided at the funeral Mass. Our CWL was very well represented and all of the pall bearers were 4th Degree Knights