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W.Va. church to dedicate new worship space Sunday

December 13, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A year of construction work will culminate in a dedication ceremony Sunday at a Berkeley Springs church.

The new worship space at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church will be dedicated at 2 p.m. by the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (W.Va.).

The bishop will be joined by the church pastor, the Rev. Cyprian Joseph Mercieca, for the ceremony, according to a press release.

It has taken about a year to construct the 7,000-square-foot space, said Andrew Jurick, building committee member and church finance chairman.

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Jurick said the new worship space was built "to expand the seating to meet the future needs of the Catholic population in Berkeley Springs."

It will seat 450 people, plus another 100 people in the balcony for overflow. The choir now will sing on the main floor, he said.

The new worship area was designed with pews to accommodate wheelchairs and has about six spaces available, Jurick said.

The old worship area in the church will be used as a gathering space, he said, where people can come in out of the weather and hang up their coats, and it will be used as a social gathering space.

After Sunday's dedication ceremony, a social hour will be held there, Jurick said.

"This is the best design of the space," he said. "It utilizes both the new and old more completely."

The cornerstone of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church is dated 1931, Jurick said, and it was dedicated in 1932, "that's 75 years apart."

The church is on Liberty Street between Washington and Mercer. In addition to the entrance on Liberty Street, parishioners can use the new Bath Street entrance, he said.

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