WATERVLIET, N.Y. - Saint Ann, a Maronite Catholic church formerly based in Troy, was officially "dedicated to God" Saturday, with a procession and a consecration ceremony.
In 2004, extensive repairs and renovations began on the 150-year-old structure, located at 1919 Third Avenue in Watervliet. The elaborate stained glass windows, organ, pews and altar - all original structures from the 1860's - were restored using donations from the Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Saint Ann is not far from Saint Patrick's Church in Watervliet which is in the process of being demolished to make room for a commercial shopping center.
Schedule of weekend events:
Saturday May 18
10:20 a.m. –The assembly of Clergy for Procession
10:30 a.m. – Solemn Consecration & Dedication and Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Excellency Most Reverend Bishop Gregory J. Mansour, Bishop of the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn
12:30 p.m. – official Dedication Photograph before the altar
12:40 p.m. – Unveiling of the Commemorative Dedication Plaque
1:30 p.m. – Luncheon for parishioners and guests with Bishop Mansour at Hilton Garden Inn
2:30 p.m. – Lebanese Traditional Dance with St. Ann's children
4 p.m. – Visit the graves of Fathers Paul Korkemaz and Joseph Keyrouz
7 p.m. – Ramsho (evening prayer) in the newly dedicated Church followed by a recital with Joumana Eid and her friends
Sunday May 19 – Pentecost Sunday
10 a.m. – Diving Liturgy of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop Mansour
12 p.m. – Official Parish Photograph
12:15 p.m. – Commemorative Dedication of Time Capsule
12:20 p.m. – Planting of an authentic cedar tree
12:30 p.m. – Hospitality in the Parish hall