St. Rita's Catholic Church opens the doors of new building.

Church rises from the ashes

St. Rita's Catholic Church held first services in new building last weekend.

Saint Rita’s Catholic Church opened the doors to its new building this weekend.

Father David John was excited to see the building complete and likened the experience to the birth of a child, What I hadn’t realized was that over the last two years of designing and building the new church I had already built up an attachment to it – even before it was built!

I don’t know how a mother feels when for the first time they see the baby that they have known for nine months but have never held in their arms, but I think there was a bit of that feeling in me as we celebrated our first weekend in the new church.”

The congregation is looking forward to worshipping in the building for many years. Father David added, “To be honest, I am pleased about the buildings acoustics, its functionality and its good looks, but ultimately we built it as a place of prayer.”

The previous church on the same location was built in the 1950s and destroyed by fire in March 2013.