After the 12 noon Mass on Sunday, Nov. 1 at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Warminster, approximately 900 parishioners and guests walked from the church to┬áthe newest structure on their campus — a state-of-the-art parish community center and gymnasium. The blessing of the center was led by Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, who along with Father Angelo Citino, pastor, cut the ceremonial ribbon. Parishioners later toured the facility, assisted by students of the parish school.

The community center and gymnasium will host a variety of parish and school activities including a growing parish Senior Citizens Group, a student Performing Arts Club and various CYO sports events. It will also provide a gathering space for large events and fundraisers held by the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP), the Home and School Association and other parish-affiliated groups.

The construction of the new facility was made possible through a capital campaign the parish began in March 2014. This is the fourth major construction project that has been undertaken by the parish since its founding in 1956. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

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Mass at Nativity of Our Lord concludes in the church, followed by the blessing of the new gym.

After the tweleve o'clock mass the process continues to the new gym for the blessing.

After the noon Mass the procession continues to the new gym for the blessing.

Parishoners process after mass to the new gym for the blessing.

Parishioners walk after Mass on a fine fall day to the new gym for the blessing.

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Bishop Michael Fitzgerald and Fr. Anglelo Citino cut the ribbon to the new gym.

Bishop Michael Fitzgerald and Father Angelo Citino, pastor, cut the ribbon to the new gym.

Bishop Michael Fitzgerald blesses the gym at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Warminster.

Bishop Michael Fitzgerald blesses the gym at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Warminster.

The doors of the new gym are opened for all to tour.

The doors of the new gym are opened for all to tour.

Katie Kelly and her fellow students were on hand to tell guests about the features of the new gym.

Katie Kelly and her fellow students of the parish school were on hand to tell guests about the features of the new gym.

Parishoners and friends tour the new gym after the blessing.

Parishioners and friends tour the new gym after the blessing.

Helen, Brendan and Shannon Welsh sing

Helen, Brendan and Shannon Welsh sing during Mass.

Fr Angelo Citino, pastor, incenses the book before reading the Gospel.

Father Angelo Citino, pastor, incenses the book before reading the Gospel.

Brooke, Mary Beth and Kody Cracknell

Brooke, Mary Beth and Kody Cracknell

Kody Cracknell listens as Bishop Fitzgerald delivers his homily.

Kody Cracknell listens as Bishop Fitzgerald delivers his homily.

Pat Martin

Pat Martin

Bailey Slotwinski

Bailey Slotwinski carries the cross in procession.

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The people applaud as Bishop Fitzgerald blesses the new gym.

The people applaud as Bishop Fitzgerald blesses the new gym.

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