Nativity Renovates Parish Center with Alive in Christ Funds
Bishop John Noonan celebrated Mass December 17 at Nativity Parish in Longwood and then led parishioners in a procession to the newly renovated parish hall. Nativity raised more than $850,000 in the Alive in Christ Campaign with the goal of updating the hall and kitchen to create a welcoming and functional space for fellowship and the enhancement of parish life.
Father Ralph DuWell, Nativity’s current parochial administrator, described the newly remodeled parish center as a place of “warmth and community” for the parishioners of Nativity.
“This (project) just shows the commitment that the people here have in support of the vision of the bishop for the diocese,” Father DuWell said. “They’ve always been supportive of both Alive in Christ and Our Catholic Appeal.”
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Good Shepherd Mardi Gras Festival to Feature Groundbreaking Celebration
Parishioners of Good Shepherd are set to break ground on a new 14,000 square foot church on February 19th. The ceremony will take place on the final evening of the annual Mardi Gras Festival, a highlight of community life for this east Orlando parish.
More than 2,200 families attend Good Shepherd, but the existing church seats only 500.
To help fund the construction of a new building, parishioners rallied around multiple campaign efforts, including Alive in Christ and an earlier parish campaign, Promise for Tomorrow.
“The new altar will be twice the size of our current altar, and the amount of choir space will nearly triple,” said Wendy Claude, Parish Facilities and Project Manager for Good Shepherd.
Seminar Invites Parishioners to Consider Their Legacy
How does one create a legacy that will reach well beyond a lifetime?
This is just one of the many important questions that presenters addressed during a free Life Planning Seminar held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Ormond Beach, on January 17th.
Hosted by the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida and funded by local corporate sponsors, the seminar was designed to stimulate thoughtful conversation about end-of-life issues, including Catholic funerals, the importance of a valid will, and the need to involve loved ones in the decision making process.
“The Church helps us to think about end-of-life issues in a way that is healthy,” said Fr. Zamborsky, the pastor of Prince of Peace Catholic Church.