In mid-September, the asphalt from the road and the parking lot was removed in preparation for the new building to take shape. A new road will be put in place just north of the rectory.
The cornerstone from the old section of Immaculate Conception school was salvaged and will be given a place of honor in the new building. Shown here are St. Francis students Jon Boehmer, Ryan Lints, Tyler Prichard and Dylan McCardel.
August 21 was an exciting day in the history of our schools as crews began to demolish the old section of the school to create temporary parking for the parish and school. To watch a bit of video, click here.
On June 13, 2017 – the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua – a final Mass was celebrated in the upper level of Immaculate Conception Elementary School (formerly the church). We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to celebrate one last Eucharist in this space. The priests wore special vestments (including hats called birettas) which would have been very familiar to those attending Mass, still said in Latin, “back in the day.”
JUNE 1, 2017
Groundbreaking day began with a very special Mass celebrating the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Teacher in the Spirit with student participants from Mrs. Meddaugh’s 3rd grade class.
A box of campaign blessings, sacrifices and prayers was brought to the Mass then carried by students to the groundbreaking site.
Bishop Steven Raica performed the Order of Blessing, and sprinkled the site of our new school with holy water.
The Bishop along with pastors representing our supporting parishes turned the first shovel of dirt, and many others joined in this celebratory moment.
A “dirt cup” dessert was served!
June 1, 2017 will mark a major milestone in Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools’ campaign to construct a new elementary school at Immaculate Conception in Traverse City: At approximately 9:30 am, Bishop Steven J. Raica will join with pastors of the five supporting parishes for a shovel ceremony on the site of the new building. The groundbreaking will be preceded by Mass at Immaculate Conception Church presided over by the Bishop, at 8:15 am. All Are Invited!
Thank you to everyone who has helped us arrive at this historic moment!