December 8, 2018
Bishop Steven J. Raica has announced that the Chapel in our new elementary school will bear the name of Gabriel, the archangel who was a messenger from God to the Blessed Virgin. We are thrilled to have this beautiful source of inspiration in our new building.
December 8, 2018
On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we have launched a special fundraising drive dedicated to the final needs of our new school building. We have a established goal of $300,000, and have created a place to give online.
The playground at the new Immaculate Conception Elementary School will have swings, sandboxes, a turf field, and play structures appropriate for each age group. It will also feature a synthetic surface which will last longer than mulch, minimize mess, and provide the right type of cushioning/support for young people at play.
We plan to outfit the new school with modest new furnishings chosen by our teachers. The cost to underwrite one classroom is $10,000. Specialty classrooms (library, STEM lab, etc.) will be equipped with furnishings designed for their specific use.
The Chapel of the Archangel Gabriel will serve students and staff along with small gatherings of the faithful. It must be equipped with liturgical items such as a presider’s chair, pews, ambo, a chalice and ciborium, etc. We are grateful to Immaculate Conception parish for underwriting the cost of the beautiful new stained glass window depicting the Archangel Gabriel’s visit to Mary.
To give, visit our website or contact Wayne Mueller in the Advancement Department.
December 7, 2018
The current fifth graders made a special field trip to the Immaculate Conception campus today for Mass, a story read by Fr. Anthony, a cake honoring the Blessed Virgin, and then a photo in front of the new school building. It was a great day!
The parish of Immaculate Conception has made two major gifts to the new school building: A crucifix that has long been a part of the church/school history, and new stained glass windows for the school chapel. In his letter to parishioners, Fr. Anthony Citro said:
Given the longstanding and close relationship between Immaculate Conception Church and School, we could think of no more fitting decision than to provide the school with two gifts of great importance and impact:
First, the magnificent crucifix that at one time was a fixture in the second floor of the combined school/church will be transferred to the new school, second floor Chapel. The ultimate symbol of our faith will also symbolize the unity between parish and school, and our commitment to conveying the riches of the faith to future generations.
Second, the new school chapel plans call for an arch-shaped, stained glass window featuring the Blessed Virgin Mary surrounded by angels. Quality stained glass windows are rather expensive, but they are also among the most beautiful treasures of our Church. Because of the significance of this item, the Finance Council and I have decided to make this, too, a gift from our parish to the new school. May our Blessed Mother inspire and instruct all those who pass by her light!
Thank you for your support of the school project. We look forward with joyful anticipation to its completion.
On September 7, 2018, as the remaining section of the old Immaculate Conception Elementary School was being demolished, construction crews unearthed a time capsule in the building cornerstone. The copper box contained holy cards, photographs, a school yearbook, and capital campaign materials dating back to 1961 when the addition to the school was completed. To view the contents of the time capsule, visit this link.
Demolition of the remaining portion of the former Immaculate Conception Elementary School is slated for Thursday, August 30 at approximately 8:00 am. Please stop or drive by and check out the changing landscape of our new school campus!
John Mawby (TCSF ’18) is part of the crew responsible for safely taking down the old building. He monitored air quality during the asbestos abatement part of the project.
On August 23, GTACS faculty and staff gathered for their annual retreat, beginning with Mass at Immaculate Conception Church concelebrated by Fr. Anthony Citro and Fr. Ron Nuzzi. At the conclusion of the day’s proceedings, faculty and staff were given a tour of the work-in-progress at the new preschool/elementary building. Such an exciting time for Catholic education in our community! We thank God for His many blessings, but especially, our teachers who are authentic witnesses to their faith.