Nov 1, 2020 - HAVELOCK, NC
Fr. Rick Smith and his wife Sherri gathered their new congregation for the celebration of the inaugural Mass at the CEEC's Sacred Heart Church at 925 E Main Street in Havelock, NC. About two dozen people came together to launch the newest CEEC Church, most of whom will remain part of the ongoing work. Joining the people planting Sacred Heart Church was Bishop Jarod Cruthis, Bishop Ordinary for the Diocese of St. James the Greater, as well as other CEEC.CHURCH clergy from the area.
Gathered as a Rite IV congregation embracing liturgy under the form of the Roman Missal, Sacred Heart Church will operate as an Old Catholic parish within the CEEC.
At an official open house event at the new congregation's location on Friday evening, the facility was consecrated for use as a church. Several clergy attended, as well as a number of friends and family, many of whom are planning on beginning to attend the newly-formed congregation.
"We're so excited to offer this form of a historical worship experience to the local community. Many of us appreciate the rich history of the Roman Missal."
Fr Rick Smith