St. Ann/St. Ignatius to hold blessing of new building

BALDWIN – Waiting for the completion of St. Ann/St. Ignatius Catholic Church's new building in Baldwin may have been tedious, but that patience will soon pay off.

“Parishioners are very excited for the new building,” said the Rev. Ron Schneider. “Few have been inside it and we don’t want to show them the inside until Sunday.”

After Sunday, July 6, parishioners will be able to worship inside St. Ann/St. Ignatius Church. A Mass of Blessing for the new building will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 6, at the church, 740 E. Ninth Street. Construction is projected to be completed at the end of July. Until the building is fully completed, worship services will be held inside the church, while all other fellowship activities and meetings will be held at the Baldwin Senior Center.

“We’re expecting a very large turnout at the blessing, with the building full to overflowing,” Schneider said.

Bishop David Walkowiak from Grand Rapids will lead the ceremony as principal celebrant. Several former pastors of St. Ann/St. Ignatius also will attend, as well as local ministers from other churches.

The ceremony also will feature a special presentation of symbolic gifts representing ministries of the parish, including senior services, the building renovation work, charity work and the Haiti mission trip.

Music will be led by church musicians and the community gospel choir. A reception will immediately follow in the senior center.

The new church will include special features, such as a new baptismal fountain area and a sculpture, made by sculptor Timothy Schmalz. The almost life-size sculpture, titled “Generations,” will be unveiled at the blessing on Sunday.

The new building has kept the concrete floor and ceiling from the old building.

“We hope we will have our worship space, as well as space for the public to gather for different things. The space can be used by both parish and community members,” Schneider said. “We hope they find it a home for them. We hope it is a welcoming place of faith, prayer and service.”