New Life – Worth the Wait
“With him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
Therefore my heart has been glad, and my tongue has exulted;
my flesh, too, will dwell in hope!”
–Acts 2: 25-26
Not only was that the Scripture Reading for today, in more ways than one, it was the atmosphere and mood of the entire day as well!
Residents, Sisters, Staff, family member and members of the Association Jeanne Jugan gathered excitedly in our Chapel for special Mass of thanksgiving and special prayers for the dedication and blessing of our newly renovated “Saint Mary’s” wing of our home here in Newark, Delaware.
On April 10, Easter Monday, the celebration of new life was everywhere. After a spirit-filled and triumphant Mass of thanks and praise, all in attendance filed cheerfully – but carefully – down to our newly renovated first floor wing. Formerly known as the Mary Immaculate Unit, the new wing was “christened” and re-named in a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a special procession of blessings with Holy Water and prayers throughout the bright, wide hallways, in and out of each room, and through the spacious new dining and gathering spaces.
Once again, we are so grateful to our good friends from nearby Elkton, Maryland – the Oblate Fathers – who made it a priority to be with us, leading our prayers and processions.
It was so worth the wait! Construction was scheduled to begin when Covid hit three years ago. Though delayed because of the nationwide restrictions, little by little progress began. Over time the pace picked up along with our anticipation and enthusiasm. Three members of the former unit who are scheduled to move into their new quarters this week, gathered together to cut the ribbon. Can you just imagine the cheers? It is with grateful hearts that we thank all those who made this day possible. With your on-going prayers and support, we look forward to beginning the next phase of our renovation in the very near future!
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