ROXBURY, NJ — Bishop Kevin Sweeney on Sunday came to Succasunna to offer noon Mass at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church. Then, his vestments billowing in the gusty weather, the bishop strolled across the parking lot to bless the church's new rectory.

About 50 parishioners joined Sweeney and several priests at the ceremony that celebrated the new 3-story, 3,400-square-foot home for St. Therese's priests. The 4-bedroom, modular building on Main Street is replacing the 75-year-old, 2,300-square-foot rectory on Hunter Street in Succasunna.

"We have gathered here, on this beautiful day, to bless this house ... relying on the good grace of God, from whom all good things flow," Sweeney said. "Lord Jesus Christ, you promise to prepare a home in Heaven for those who follow you. Surround this rectory with the wall of your protection."

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The bishop also prayed for the blessing of "those who made this possible, those who have contributed, those who have worked on this project ... and those who will bring this project to completion."

The ceremony was attended by several public officials including state Sen. Anthony Bucco and Roxbury School Board Member Ann Colucci.

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