20 July 2014

Remembering the early years...

Where the Church of Our Lady of the Atonement now stands was once covered with thick underbrush and trees.  Every year I like to take a look back so that those of us who were around in the early years can remember, and those who were not yet here can learn something of the history of our parish family.

Here are some pictures of the groundbreaking for the church, which took place on 9 July 1985, the Feast of Our Lady of the Atonement, with founding members Colonel and Mrs. Robert Joseph turning over the first shovel of earth.  Actually, we were not able to break the ground exactly where the church would stand, but we were a short distance from where the altar would be, because the land was so densely overgrown.

As we cleared the land, the building site began to take shape, and we could see where the original part of the church would be constructed.

Although the land looked level, it wasn't; therefore, it was necessary to raise the ground level on the east end.  I'm standing exactly where the High Altar is now.

"Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it..."