Pastor blesses first Alive in Christ project at Resurrection

Resurrection garage dedication

During a ceremony following Mass on July 21, a crowd of parishioners looked on as Fr. Charles Viviano, Pastor of Church of the Resurrection, Lakeland, dedicated the parish’s new maintenance and storage complex.

"We were blessed today to unveil the first installment of the fruits of our Alive in Christ Campaign,” said Fr. Viviano.

The complex consists of two buildings containing a total of eight storage compartments, each the size of a standard one-car garage with its own entrance.  Some of the compartments will hold lawn and maintenance equipment while others will be used by various ministry groups, such as the Knights of Columbus.

One compartment may eventually be used for an expanded food bank.

“This new facility is a very functional space that was much needed.  It will be a safe place for storage and we are happy to have it,” said Parish Administrator Stephen Schaffer, who helped lead the dedication.

For many years a small storage shed was used to house lawn mowers and other machinery at Church of the Resurrection, but the aging building eventually developed leaks and structural damage. When valuable equipment was stolen from the property, parishioners realized that something had to be done.

Under the leadership of then-Pastor Fr. Matt Mello, more than 700 families participated in the Alive in Christ Campaign at Church of the Resurrection, raising nearly $3.3 million in gifts and pledges to fund the new storage complex and other projects.

Fr. Viviano described parishioners’ efforts as “a perfect example of good stewardship.”

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