Celebrating a new church for St Rose of Lima

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Leaders in the Catholic Diocese worshipped at St. Rose of Lima over the weekend. Pictured in front are Father Ivan Eck, left, and Father Aaron Spexarth. In the second row from left are Father Dan Duling and senior priest, Father Dwight Birket. Father Ivan Eck served as the priest for St. Rose for 18 years before retiring. After 70 years in the priesthood, Father Eck is the oldest Priest in the diocese. Spexarth also served as pastor at St. Rose. The parish, located in Mount Vernon on the west edge of Cheney State Park, recently built the new sanctuary and demolished the old church building.

Bishop Carl Kemme joined St. Rose of Lima congregants to celebrate Mass during the open house festivities last weekend.

Celebrations at St. Rose of Lima last weekend included fireworks displays both Friday and Saturday, providing a beautiful backdrop for the newly completed bell tower.

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