Dedication Mass For Notre Dame d'Haiti Church
The day the church opened its brand new doors for its first service of Mass, the crowd was immense. They watched as the man who started it all, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, handed over the keys to the current priest of Notre Dame D'Haiti, offering up a prayer while the crowd clapped.
The new building took eight years of fundraising to accomplish, with $1.5 million dollars being donated by the Archdiocese of Miami through a loan to be repaid by donors and the church's congregation. The congregation, expected to fill all 1,200 seats within the church and 166 within the chapel, will be double what it used to be as the new facility is twice the size of the old church--a converted cafeteria.
At the end, their new church cost $5 million dollars, more than half of which, $3.2 million to be exact, had been donated by the parishioners themselves who started giving towards the building by giving mere pennies. The church is the first one to be built by the Haitian community in South Florida, and the pride in their achievement was second only to the humbling fact that their prayers had finally been answered by God in the building of the new church they waited eight years to occupy.
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