We give thanks that our church community has built a structural legacy to be passed on for many generations to come!
Our Mission ~ Our Gifts ~ Our Church
For the first time since we began making mortgage payments, your gifts to the mortgage fund completely paid our monthly debt for May! However, since every month before now we received less in donations than the amount we owed, we recently requested and received a revised payment schedule from our lender, the Archdiocese of Baltimore. This increases the length of our mortgage from 10 to 15 years, a burden we hoped not to take on. But with our new monthly goal of $11,475, we have a better chance of making the payment based on giving trends, without having to take money from our reserves as we had been doing until they were depleted; and from our operating funds, which would cause us to have to cut services that matter to you, our parishioners. That said, our true mortgage payment is $16,767, and we ask you to prayerfully consider making a commitment to the mortgage fund each month to help us pay it off in 10 years or less, as we had originally planned. Thank you for your generosity, and we look forward to making many more payments entirely with your gifts and without dipping into parish operating funds.
As we worship in our magnificent new church, we give thanks to God for the blessing of this building, and even more so for the blessing of all who have given so generously toward it. Your support of Phase One to purchase the land, and of Phase Two to break ground, begin construction, and furnish the church have made this possible. Thank you!
Now, in Phase Three, we must repay the $1.7 million loan that provided the funds to finish construction. So beginning in March, we’ll have a second collection the first Sunday of each month for your gifts to support the mortgage fund. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this need.
Your gift toward our monthly mortgage payment of $16,737 is important to help us pay down this debt.
However, we know many of you continue to make payments toward your Embracing Our Mission pledge, and it’s important that you continue to do so – those gifts help the parish as well. We invite everyone who can to put whatever you can in the special mortgage collection basket on the first weekend of the month.
Watch for more information about the mortgage, and know how deeply grateful I am for your continuing and generous support.
Sincerely in Christ,
For Capital Campaign updates, please go to our Capital Campaign page. Your support makes all the difference and we are grateful that you continue to make your pledge payments.To learn how you can participate in our Memorial Campaign for furnishing the new church building, please click here.
Sunday, May 4, 2014 — DEDICATION MASS
Monday, April 28, 2014
A lot has been going on in the past week!
Our Rose Window: How the Liturgical Arts committee Chose the Design – Designer Brenda Belfield started by interviewing the committee (including Fr. Frazier) to get a sense of what we were looking for. We talked about our parish history, and discussed how to integrate a sense of the past with the future and our desire to complement the design of the window with the design of the new church.
Brenda presented several preliminary designs. As we reviewed designs depicting church figures and symbols, as well as more traditional “rose window” designs, we kept revising a theme, but couldn’t quite pin down just the right design. Father voiced his desire to concentrate on the more traditional rose window designs…color and light were to be the defining theme.
Subsequent meetings involved refining the designs Brenda created, leading us to the final design. It was truly a collaborative effort by the members of the Liturgical Arts Committee and one we believe enhances the beauty of our church.
Monday, April 21, 2014
It was a busy day of deliveries and installations, with still more to come this week, as we put the finishing touches on before May 4th!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thanks to parishioners Mike Jones (pilot) and Mike Collins (photographer) for these views.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Handcrafted items delivered today: altar base, ambo base, baptistry base, altar of repose (where tabernacle is placed), and two prie-dieu.
These are the prie dieu (French for pray [to] God).
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Very excited to report that the pews have arrived!
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Bishop Mitchell Rozanski presided at our 11:15 a.m. Mass and afterward, joined by Father Frazier, Deacon Rausch, and a group of parishioners, he blessed and dedicated the cornerstone of our new church. To see a video of the event, please click here to be taken to our YouTube channel. We thank Bishop Rozanski for being with us on this important occasion!
Below: David Jonke, who with his wife Mary and family donated the cornerstone, places it onto the church wall. A.M.D.G. represents a Jesuit motto, in Latin: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, “To the Greater Glory of God.” This reflects our original Jesuit foundation.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
They are pouring the new entry walkway today!
Thursday, March 06, 2014 — less than 50 days to completion!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Take a VIDEO TOUR!
Led by our pastor, Father Lawrence Frazier, and filmed in early February, we are pleased to present this video tour of our new church!
You will be taken to our parish’s YouTube channel in a new window to watch the 11½-minute video, which includes time-lapse footage of the construction. For the best experience, view on a personal computer with external speakers/headphones/earbuds, or a tablet.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Thanks to our contractor’s photographer for these pictures!
Monday, February 17, 2014
An aerial view, thanks to parishioner Mike Collins:
Monday, February 10, 2014
The cross at the peak of the church has been blessed and installed.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Today’s update: fresh paint, light fixtures, and a very large window!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Here is the current look of the sanctuary. The stone altar surface and ambo that will be placed here are currently being carved in Israel.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Take a look at what is going on today!
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
LESS THAN 100 DAYS TO GO!!!
Thursday, January 09, 2014
Happy New Year! Happy New Church! This will be quite a year in the life of our parish. Take a look at the progress our team is making on the interior!
Monday, December 30, 2013
As the year comes to a close, we are thankful for all that has been accomplished and excited for what’s ahead! Here are the latest pictures, courtesy of the contractor’s photographer:
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Thanks to parishioner Mike Jones for giving us an aerial view of the progress of our big project!
(click on a picture to see it larger)
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Lots of work on the interior these days… and I think I hear Christmas music coming from inside!
Thursday, December 12, 2013 Our Lady of Guadalupe
Seems somehow appropriate that they are installing insulation on a day when it is 27 degrees!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Thanks to our contractor’s photographer for these inside images!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
After a Thanksgiving break, everyone is back, hard at work. Here are images from a walk-around today:
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Thank you for your support! Work is moving along nicely!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The contractor’s photographer gives us a peek inside!
Friday, November 8, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Here’s a look at the ceiling. (The beams will remain visible and will be wrapped so they match/complement the ceiling.)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Midday, day five — lots of activity to finish up and be ready for the weekend!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
There is now a surface to walk on for the new walkway! There’s also a new sidewalk to the new entry point, and additional walkway lighting. Coming next: walls and roof!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The new walkway is the high-priority project this week, but many other parts are also moving ahead. The septic field work is done, and the stone veneer is almost all the way around the building now.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
New walkway, day two:
Monday, October 21, 2013
Stone veneer being added to the building:
Work on the new enclosed walkway connecting the Parish Center and the new Church is in progress this week.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The west (altar) end of the building is coming along nicely!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
An aerial view of the progress as of this afternoon (thanks to parishioner Mike Jones!):
Two views of the walls going up on the west (altar) end of the church:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Working on the west end of the church and the septic field today:
Monday, October 14, 2013
Pouring concrete for the altar area and the rest of the west end of the church today:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Our thirsty ground needs the rains of this week, but it does delay our construction, too — so if you notice our countdown clock (above) being adjusted, that is why. Still, the workers are here doing what they can to move things forward despite the downpours. May God Bless them in their work!
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A new high for the new church!
Monday, October 7, 2013
Seeing the church taking shape is exciting for everyone and we know how tempting it is to want to get an up-close look. But we ask for safety reasons that you please keep outside the construction area. For a look inside, here are a few recent pictures taken by the contractor’s official photographer.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
How about a look from above?
And here’s an aerial look at our progress since May! Many thanks to parishioner Mike Jones for these aerial photos.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Thanks to our contractor’s professional photographer for these pictures!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
All the roof trusses were installed today:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Roof trusses were delivered today, to be installed tomorrow. We are so thankful for another stretch of great weather for construction progress!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
At the end of a long day working in hot and humid conditions, the construction team has accomplished this!
The day started with this…our new church is getting taller today!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Take a look at how much has been accomplished in two months:
With much good weather and skilled workers, a lot of progress is being made!
Monday, August 26, 2013
Walls are going up today, and progress is also continuing on the addition to the Parish Center.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Concrete floor is poured and smoothed today. Fascinating process to watch, and some very interesting equipment.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Concrete pouring delayed for one day, but still plenty of things to do!
Friday, August 16, 2013
More preparation for pouring the concrete floor early next week:
Thursday, August 15, 2013 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wednesday, August 14, 2014
So much is happening today! Can you visualize our new church now?
Monday, August 05, 2013
Putting in the foundation for the Parish Center addition — more office and meeting space!
Friday, August 02, 2013
Back to work today after the rain, finishing up the drainage ditch.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Footers for the extension to the Parish Center are poured and “drying” this morning in the rain. Little will probably happen here today with last night’s rains and today’s expected scattered showers.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Right on schedule, the digging and pouring for the Parish Center expansion footers happened today.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Moving dirt and more dirt as drainage work continues on the east end of the property. Excavation for footers to begin the Parish Center office addition will start Wednesday morning, 31July. Orange paint already marks the outline!
Monday, July 29, 2013
Digging a trench near the patio for the new connection for the septic line from the rectory.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Someday in the not-too-distant future, this will be the covered walkway from the Parish Center to the New Church!
Thursday, July 25, 2013
It’s been a busy few days moving underground phone, data, and electrical, and working on the foundation. And look — water pipes are going in!
Meanwhile, the statue of St. Francis remains a peaceful oasis near the fish pond while all kinds of digging and activity go on around him!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
At the end of a day of hard work on many parts of the project, all is quiet in the late afternoon. They’ll be here bright and early tomorrow to keep moving us forward!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The handrail on the temporary walkway is being installed today:
Monday, July 22, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Final preparation and pouring concrete for the footers:
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Today they got an early start digging the trenches for the footers!
“A foundation footer is perhaps one of the most critical aspects of the building. It’s almost always the first building element that contacts the earth or soil that the structure rests upon. The primary purpose of the footer is to spread out the weight of the structure across a larger footprint than the foundation would if it were in direct contact with the earth.” (source: Ask the Builder)
Monday, July 15, 2013
Today’s work: marking for the footers of the new church and digging trenches for the water lines.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Work continues to fill the old parking lot to bring it to the level of the new parking lot — fill includes pieces of the old pavement, pieces of the now-torn-down garage, and lots of dirt. More orange construction fencing is up now, too.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Our NEW entrance and parking lot are OPEN!
Monday, July 08, 2013
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The rains came, and the pavers paved. But still, the schedule has been pushed back a day, so (weather permitting going forward), the big new parking lot will now open on Tuesday, 09July.
Friday, June 28, 2013
We got exciting news today! We are only a couple of weeks away (weather permitting) from the opening of our new parking lot! Paving is planned for next week, and the new lot is expected to open on July 11th. At that time, the current lot and entrance will be permanently closed.
The spacious new parking lot will feature an entrance lane and an exit lane.
Most of it is now covered in gravel in preparation for paving the first week of July.
Monday. June 17, 2013
The drainage work for the new parking lot continues:
They are also planning to finish adding fill dirt and stone to the lot this week, and will work on the new curb and the drainage pond (to be located to the east of the new parking lot).
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
This fabulous weather helps the crew stay on schedule with the pipe work!
Monday, June 3, 2013
These pipes will be installed starting this week! Specifically, the work schedule indicates they will start pipe work and pond work today, with hopes of finishing the bulk of the pipe work in the parking lots and ponds this week.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Here’s a bird’s eye view of how our project is looking! (click on the photo to enlarge it)
Thanks to parishioner Mike Jones for this exciting photo!
Monday, May 20, 2013
It’s been a parade of dump trucks at the parish recently, with lots of fill dirt being brought in for the construction of our new parking lot.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The grading of the new parking lot is moving forward. You will notice a new access road has been created (see picture) and is presently being used by the construction vehicles. This will become a new entrance to the property (and it has much-improved visibility). Please remember to pray for the safety of all those involved in the building of our new church!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Our new parking lot (current status, see picture) is scheduled to be usable by mid-July. That is also when building construction will begin (and the current paved parking lot closes). Both additions to the Parish Center (offices and church) are expected to be weatherproof by the end of October, with furnishings/interior complete by mid-March. The final completion date is set for April 14, 2014. (All these dates are subject to change.) Please continue to pray for the successful progress of our exciting project!
Monday, May 6, 2013
Noisy equipment and orange fencing — sure signs of construction! Work continues on the site of our new parking lot.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Work has begun on the new parking lot area. Storm water management, stump removal, and grading are moving along. A turn lane will be constructed on Manor Woods Road for the new parking lot entrance. Parking in our current lots will continue for the time being. We’ll keep you informed of coming changes through the bulletin, website, Twitter, Facebook, and Wednesday Greetings. (You can sign up for the weekly email newsletter on the right side of this page!)
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This has been a big week in the life of our new church project! Our request for the required loan has been approved, the construction contract has been signed, and Conewago Enterprises has started site preparation work. Heartfelt thanks to all who got us to this point, especially the Finance and Building Committees, and all who have contributed to the Embracing Our Mission campaign, our previous campaigns, and in other ways to the New Church Building Fund.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Notice something missing? The paintings of Mary and Joseph from our historic church have been removed for restoration by an expert art conservator. They will be installed in the new church in separate Mary and Joseph shrines with vigil lights. Details of these shrines are shown on the sanctuary design drawings that have been on display in the Parish Center since early this year.
Thanks to our Buckeystown neighbors Grant County Mulch, the tree debris on the acreage where the trees were removed is being transformed and will be removed so our new parking lot can be built on this land. That’s a lot of wood chips!
Sunday, April 14, 2013 — Update
It was a glorious day of thanksgiving and celebration on Sunday, April 14, as we broke ground for our new church! A Mass of Thanksgiving at noon was presided by Archbishop William Lori, and the Groundbreaking Ceremony followed. Everyone celebrated at a reception on a day that we will long remember.
Friday, April 12, 2013 — Update
We all share in the responsibility to care for God’s beautiful creation, and while it was necessary to remove almost four acres of trees to move ahead with our new church project, we have taken steps to be good stewards of our environment: the parish placed more than six acres of existing forest into a Forest Easement and we signed a forest protection agreement with Frederick County (signs posted along the perimeter of the Forest Protection Area are visible from Manor Woods Road). In total, the parish still owns about 10 acres of forested land.
Saturday, April 06, 2013 — Update
YOU are the community of St. Joseph-on-Carrollton Manor! And here you are, outlining where our new church will be! Thank you to everyone who took part in the creation of this aerial photo, especially pilot Mike Jones and photographer Mike Collins. (c) 2013 Mike Collins, all rights reserved
(below) St Joseph-on-Carrollton Manor parishioners outline the new church with the historic church to the west and the Parish Center to the south. The new church will be connected to the Parish Center. (c) 2013 Mike Collins, all rights reserved
Tuesday, April 02. 2013 — Update
This week, loggers are removing trees from the east side of our property where our new parking lot will be–another step toward construction! Proceeds from the sale of the lumber goes to our new church building fund.
Friday, March 22, 2013 – Update
The trailer is gone! Look at the new view!
The trailer is being removed TODAY! There goes the front (east) half.
The adjacent shed was relocated yesterday to the south edge of our property, where it will remain during construction.
Monday, March 18th, 2013 – Update
Building On Our Catholic Legacy
Come and be a part of our history!
Please join us for the groundbreaking ceremony of our new church and a reception immediately following.
Sunday April 14, 2013
12:00 – Mass celebrated by The Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore
1:30-4:00 – Groundbreaking Ceremony and Reception
If you would like to provide food for the reception, we are accepting donations.
Please contact Kathy Noah or Trish Smatlak or go to: http://tinyurl.com/b34jaxo
September 17, 2012 – Update
Archbishop Lori visits our parish and announces great news!
Our parish community was honored to welcome Archbishop William Lori as presider for our 4:30 p.m. Mass on September 15th. After celebrating Mass, Archbishop Lori brought the parishioners to their feet with his announcement that he has given his approval for our parish to move forward with the groundbreaking and building of our new church. Groundbreaking is anticipated in the spring of 2013; a specific date will be announced soon. We look forward to welcoming Archbishop Lori back to our parish at that time, and then later for the dedication of the new building!
July 13, 2012 – Update
The proposed Sanctuary Design shows the interior. Please note that the project is under county permit review and some changes may be required.
June 21, 2012 – Update
GREAT NEWS! We have filed for our Building Permit! Stay tuned for updates; the process takes a few months. Thank you to everyone for your support in getting us to this day!
February 12, 2012 – Update
We were honored to welcome Bishop Mitchell Rozanski to our parish as presider at our 11:15 a.m. Mass. He expressed his encouragement and support for our efforts to build our new church. Click here for more information about and photos from Bishop Rozanski’s visit
February 08, 2012 – Update
The Parish Site Plan shows the entire property with the location of the new church, Parish Center, historic church, and new parking area.
February 01, 2012 – Update
In order to break ground for our new church, we must have $2.6 million. As of 12/31/11, our total is almost $2,3 million.
January 30, 2012 – Update
Our Building Committee has been working on the design of the new church and we are happy to announce that we received approval of the site plan by the Frederick County Planning Commission in December!
This is the first step in many approvals required before filing for the building permit. The design team is working on finalizing the plans and elevations for presentation to the Archdiocese of Baltimore for approval, which will be followed by building permit submittal later this year.
You can see the current drawings here–
To review the permitting reports, click the links below:
Summary of Planning Commission meeting on December 14, 2011 (see page “4 of 5”)
Video of Planning Commission hearing on December 14, 2011 (Scroll to and click on “St. Joseph’s Carrollton Manor Roman Catholic Congregation” below the video to fast-forward to the correct spot.)
As we continue to develop the details, the plan and elevations may change based on budget and county requirements. We will continue to keep you informed on the status of the design and approvals.
Thank you so much for your patience and contributions towards building our new church at St Joseph‑on‑Carrollton Manor.
Please keep the Building and Capital Campaign Committee in your prayers for continuing energy and enthusiasm. Help us erect and occupy Your House of Prayer for God’s Glory and Praise.