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.
Summer is in full swing, and so is our building project. With each passing day, the project takes shape as stone masons place the many, many concrete blocks and prepare the building facing for exterior brick.
Abatement is underway at the old school building, and demolition is anticipated to begin the week of August 13!
Students had an opportunity to decorate a block in the old school prior to its demolition. Their artwork was very creative and illustrated the impact of their time at Immaculate Conception Elementary School.
During the last days of school, students helped pack up teachers’ supplies, as the old building is prepped for demolition. It was an “all hands on deck” effort, and the work was carried out with great joy and cooperation.