BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Church of the Little Flower recently held a blessing and dedication ceremony for the newly renovated Reverend Edmund G. Bernauer Parish Center located at 290 Plainfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

"We gather now to bless and dedicate this new parish center. It will be a center for parish activities and a place for all may come and know one another and give witness to Christ," said Reverend Andrew Prachar. 

The renovation included the gutting of the existing public library at 290 Plainfield Ave. and transforming the space into a new parish center for the church. The new parish center consists of administration offices and classrooms for religious education and workshops. The renovation brought the current building up to current building, energy and accessibility code. The original wood floors were refinished in the all purpose room that served as the original Mount Carmel Hall, said Father Andy.

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This is a great day for Little Flower, a great day for Father Andy, Father Matthew and Msgr. Harms and RedCom as we dedicate and we bless this building -- which today, is so much more than just a building, said Rev. Msgr. Thomas Nydegger, Vicar General.

"Congratulations to all of you for all the hard work, all the wonderful things that will come from this. -- Congratulations as we bless this new building as we dedicate this new building -- as it helps us to continue our mission to proclaim the good news of the gospel," he said. 

Prior to the ceremonial ribbon cutting, Father Andy dedicated the Parish Center to Reverend Edmund Bernauer, who shared his priesthood with Little Flower and at his death, bequeathed a monetary gift to the parish. Father Andy also introduced the Church of the Little Flower Coat of Arms which was developed with particular concern to situate the parish within its geography and history -- completed  by the motto "Let us love."

"I officially dedicate and open this building as the Reverend Edmund G. Bernauer Parish Center, said Father Andy. After the ribbon was cut, Father Andy welcomed the guests to tour the upper floor of the center.

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