Getting to Know Our Parish Campus

FEATURE #13- “Behold, I Make All Things New” 

To know and love Christ is a gift…a gift of unconditional love that He wraps in splendor and glory and offers to us at the first dawn of Easter morning.   No more darkness.  No more emptiness.  Only His light, His love, and His promise of eternal life.  Our humble, open acceptance of His Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist is our response of Thanksgiving.  The altar, the table of the Lord, is the spiritual centerpiece of our Eucharistic celebration and we cherish its symbolism and rich tradition born in the upper room during the Last Supper.  This Easter, it is with grateful hearts that we accept the gift of our altar from Annunciation Catholic Church.  The altar was built in 1979 and was used in the original church until retired in 2002 upon building of their new parish church.

Father Stephen celebrated his first Mass on this altar as a newly ordained priest on May 24, 1998.   Carved of walnut, it embodies both heartwood and sapwood.  The heartwood exists in the center and is the darkest, oldest and strongest wood.  The sapwood is lighter and surrounds the outer portion of the tree. Time passes and the sapwood gradually grows ever closer to the center; grows stronger.  Our altar has been restored, reinforced, and made new. May this Easter Make Us New in our walk with Christ and may we continue to grow ever closer to the center of His love!

Read previous Feature Articles about our beautiful Parish Campus!

Parish Campus MapMAP OF OUR PARISH CAMPUS

To the right is a map of our property which encompasses a total of 59 acres.  Thirty acres are develop-able and have been cleared for our community’s present and future needs.  Due to the size of our campus, our property is divided into three distinct areas…

 

BETHLEHEM COURTYARD

WHERE:  the central area of our pedestrian-friendly parish campus.

WHY?  In the city of Bethlehem, Jesus Christ was born over 2000 years ago.  In this holy place the world met Christ and He found a central place in our hearts.  In the buildings that surround the Bethlehem Courtyard, our community will meet Christ through our desire to know, love and serve Him.

NAZARETH FIELDS

WHERE:  the eastern boundary of our campus which backs up to the Little Big Econ State Forest.

WHY?  Jesus lived in the town of Nazareth as a child and into his adult years.  As a young boy he likely enjoyed playing and socializing in the open spaces near his home.  The Nazareth Field is where our youth and adults will be able to play sports and enjoy the beautiful open space and captivating profile of trees that surround our campus.

 

GALILEE MEADOW

WHERE:  the southeast corner of our property beyond the overflow parking area.

WHY?  The region of Galilee is known for its natural and scenic beauty. Much of Jesus’ public ministry was spent in the area that surrounds the Sea of Galilee.  The Galilee Meadow is where our community will have the opportunity to reflect upon the natural beauty of our native Florida landscape…while spending quiet prayerful moments contemplating our call to discipleship.  Future outdoor devotional areas planned for the Galilee Meadow include the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) and Mary’s Garden (Rosary Walk).

Click here for a map of where to park on our Parish Campus when visiting. 

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