The Parish of St. Paul the Apostle, Brookville, celebrated the completion of the first phase of its two-part church renovation with a rededication ceremony during the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Oct. 27.  Bishop John Barres was the principal celebrant and homilist at the liturgy. Msgr. James Pereda, the parish pastor, was among the concelebrants.

In addition to sprinkling holy water on the church’s new crucifix, shrines, chapels, statues and religious images, Bishop Barres consecrated a baptismal font, the centerpiece of a newly constructed baptistery near the intersection of the nave and transept. Phase Two of the renovation will focus on moving existing walls to expand the gathering area inside the main doors.

St. Paul the Apostle Parish was founded in 1962, but didn’t have its own place of worship until 1968, when the present church was completed and dedicated. In the early years of the parish, Mass was celebrated in several venues, including a Lions Club and movie theater in Hicksville, the Jericho firehouse and the C.W. Post campus theater.

Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz