The Delaware County parish, which merged three parishes into one in 2013, rebuilt its main worship church into a traditional Catholic church that Bishop John McIntyre consecrated during Mass with the parishioners and St. John Fisher’s pastor, Father Robert McDermott, Dec. 15. Read all about the renovation and the beautiful new St. John Fisher Church, here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Celebrating Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent Dec. 15, featuring the distinctive rose-colored vestments, are (from left) Deacon Daniel Bingnear, Bishop John McIntyre and Father Robert McDermott, pastor of St. John Fisher Parish.
Windows from the closed Holy Saviour Church allow for new light in St. John Fisher Church as the musicians and choir raise their voices at Mass.
Bishop John McIntyre blesses the people of St. John Fisher Parish in their newly renovated church.
Several priests from area parishes concelebrate the Mass including sons from all three of the parishes that merged into St. John Fisher Parish in 2013.
The original stations of the cross at St. John’s now feature new boxes built around them by a parishioner.
Deacon Daniel Bingnear
Bishop John McIntyre blesses the ambo as he reconsecrates the completely renovated St John Fisher Church, Boothwyn, Dec. 15. At right is St. John’s pastor, Father Robert McDermott. (Sarah Webb)
Bishop John McIntyre accepts the offertory gifts from a young St. John Fisher parishioner.
Women of the parish dress the altar after it was consecrated with holy oil by Bishop McIntyre.
Bishop John McIntyre incenses the altar. during Mass. The statue of Mary behind the altar is from St. John Fisher Church and the windows beside it are from Holy Saviour Church.
Deacon Daniel Bingnear incenses Father Robert McDermott, pastor of St John Fisher Parish.
Knights of Columbus help take up the collection.
Parishoners offer one another a sign of peace.
Gone is the flat roof, auditorium look of St. John Fisher Church in Boothwyn, completely renovated in the style of a traditional Catholic church, which was reconsecrated by Auxiliary Bishop John McIntyre during Mass Dec.15. (Sarah Webb)
Deacon Daniel Bingnear (left) assists at the altar as Bishop John McIntyre consecrates the Eucharist. Concelebrating priests include (from left) Father Anthony Hangholt (son of Holy Saviour Parish), Father Kevin Gallagher (son of St. John Fisher Parish) and Father Robert McDermott, pastor of St. John’s.
A stained glass circular window depicting the Holy Child, which had previously graced the now-closed Holy Savior Church, shines on the faithful of St. John Fisher Parish. Holy Savior and Immaculate Conception parishes merged into St. John’s in 2013. (Sarah Webb)
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