50th Anniversary Year
Throughout the course of the year, the Church calendar calls to our attention and celebrates as feast days several significant Church buildings in the city of Rome. St. Mary Major on August 5, St. Peter and St. Paul Basilicas on November 18 are three memorials, and St. John Lateran Basilica on November 9 is a feast. Our own Holy Name Cathedral anniversary of dedication is celebrated each year on November 21. The anniversary of dedication of each local parish’s church building is celebrated as a solemnity in that local community.
On April 30, 1967 John Cardinal Cody dedicated our Church and consecrated the altar. Since 1867, we have been a parish serving the southeast area of Lake County which has been a spiritual home to local Catholics. Before there was Port Clinton, before there was Highland Park, local Catholics gathered to worship God, celebrate the sacraments and work together to help build the community which has been entrusted to us.
Throughout the years, Mother Nature presented challenges by a tornado and twice by fire to destroy the church building but not the faith of the parishioners. They rebuilt each time! It has been 50 years since our current church was dedicated and our parish has seen both growth and change in the Highland Park community.
The celebration of the Anniversary of the Dedication of the parish church building is an often forgotten opportunity to celebrate the life of the local church. It is a time to re-emphasize to people the importance of the gathering place for God’s holy people. It is an occasion in which sacred identity and local history become tangible. The continuity of the faith from generation to generation is celebrated.
Our Parish leadership has planned a number of events throughout the coming year to celebrate our Community of Faith which will culminate in a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Archbishop Cupich on Sunday April 30, 2017 at the 10:30am Mass. All parishioners past and present are welcome!
Banners will be hung, a number of extra parish events have been planned along with our regular life of worship, but most importantly we hope it will be a year of celebration for what it means to be the Church of Immaculate Conception. We do not just celebrate the building. We celebrate who we are when we gather inside of it.
Many thanks to all who helped make RUMMAGE 2016 a success! The hard work of those
who help contribute to the ministry of our parish in serving everyone.
With you a disciple, for you a priest,
Fr Kenneth Anderson, Pastor