Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Waldorf unveils new statue of patroness


Staff photo by ANGELA BRECK The Rev. Alain Colliou, left, the pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Waldorf, offers a prayer Sunday at the unveiling of a statue of Mary.



Wednesday, May. 23, 2012
Church unveils statue of Mary

Staff photo by ANGELA BRECK Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Waldorf unveils Sunday a statue of Mary. Bishop Barry Knestout, auxiliary bishop of Archdicese of Washington, attended the ceremony and led the procession outside for the dedication of the statue.

Staff photo by ANGELA BRECK Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Waldorf unveils a statue of Mary on Sunday.
Staff photo by ANGELA BRECK The Rev. Alain Colliou, left, the pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Waldorf, offers a prayer Sunday at the unveiling of a statue of Mary.

After a nine-month wait, Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Waldorf unveiled its new statue of Mary in time for the observance of the feast day of the church’s patron saint.

Usually observed on May 24, the feast day for Our Lady Help of Christians was May 20.

“It was a very long project,” said the Rev. Alain Colliou, the church’s pastor. “I think it was very moving because it had been so long. When the statue was unveiled, she was so beautiful. ... People were in awe.”

The unveiling ceremony began with a celebratory mass at 11:30 a.m. Bishop Barry Knestout, auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C., attended the ceremony and led the procession outside for the dedication of the statue. The ceremony concluded with a luncheon.

“There was a sense of joy and unity in the parish,” Colliou said. “It was an effort by the whole parish. We’re honored to have had the bishop here, and the most important thing to me was seeing the community together.”

LINDSAY RENNER
Southern Maryland News

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