Rocklin Groundbreaking

Rocklin Groundbreaking

by St. Augustine of Canterbury, Rocklin

"That's why they call it Rocklin!" exclaimed Bishop Barry Beisner, as he wielded a golden spade and struggled to lift a shovel full of cobble, marking the site of the altar of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church's first building. The Blessing of the Grounds rite took place on Saturday, January 19th, on the church's property at 1800 Wildcat Blvd., Rocklin, adjacent to the Maria Montessori Charter School.

As part of the ceremony, two cords were stretched diagonally across the church's area to form the Greek letter X, the symbol of the cross. A third cord was then stretched completely around four corner stakes, enclosing the church's footprint.

Following the ground breaking service, the congregation walked back to its temporary home in the Montessori School. Current and past wardens then presented the Rev. Liz Armstrong to the Bishop for installation. With that ceremony, Pastor Liz became the first rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, celebrating its change in status from mission to parish.

Holy Eucharist was celebrated after the installation. Bishop Beisner was assisted by the Revs. Anne and Lewis Powell, deacons from Emanuel in Grass Valley. The Rev. Bill Rontani from St. James, Lincoln, was a chalice bearer, and the Rev. Cliff Haggenjos from St. John, Roseville, was also in attendance.

The Rev. Canon Britt Olson preached a lively sermon at the communion service. "The Scriptures are full of parties", Canon Britt said, as she teased the congregation about its propensity to socialize. "Christianity is not a dull and lifeless religion!" A reception followed.

Construction of the church is expected to start in late spring after all permits are secured and the weather cooperates.

Photos provided by St. Augustine of Canterbury, Rocklin and reprinted with permission.

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