300th Anniversary Time Capsule

June 28th, 2010  |  Published in News

On Sunday, June 27th, 2010, immediately following the 11:00 am Mass, the community of St. Aloysius concluded our 3-year, 300th Anniversary celebration with the burial of a 100 year time capsule to be opened in June 2110.

Led by the altar servers the community processed out the main doors of the church to the statue of the Welcoming Christ in front of the Church. It is at the base of the statue where the time capsule has been buried.

Assisting with the burial were many of the 11:00 am Mass ushers/Ministers of Hospitality and Pastoral Council Members- Doug Hosea, Palmer Lacey, Bob Combs, Matt Allen and Dan Carrigg. Once the capsule was lowered Dan Carrigg, the new vice chair of the Pastoral Council, and Anne Davis, both a member of the Pastoral Council and the 300th Anniversary Committee, began shoveling dirt on top of the capsule. After them cam members of the community, young and old, all equipped with a shovel full of earth to secure the capsule for the next 100 years.

Contained in the capsule are memories from our 300th Anniversary Celebration:

– The Inaugural Mass Program from July 1, 2007
The Catholic Standard from July 5, 2007 featuring the 300th Anniversary Inaugural Mass and Picnic
– our 300th Anniversary Pictorial Directory
– a copy of our history
– our Tri-Centennial Prayer
– our Litany of St. Aloysius Gonzaga
– copies of “Leonardtown Today” and the “Leonardtown Beacon” featuring St. Aloysius Church
– the Mass Program from the Celebration of Mass with Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Park on April 17, 2008
– a picture of Pope Benedict XVI and prayer card
– the parish T-shirt made for our youth on the occasion of Pope Benedict XIV’s visit
– three issues of The Catholic Standard” featuring Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Washington in April of 2008
– programs from the Golden Apple Awards Dinner in 2009 and 2010 featuring Mrs. Ellen Boyd and Mrs. Betty Lynn Armsworthy from Father Andrew White School
– Mass Programs from this year’s First Communion and Confirmation
– Pictures of this year’s Confirmation and First Communion Classes
– the 100th Anniversary program from our Knights of Columbus Council – St. Mary’s Council #1470 (they celebrated their 100th Anniversary on May 2nd, 2010)
– a copy of our 300th Anniversary Invitation
– and a Maryland State Quarter
– a list of the names of the 300th Anniversary Mass Choir
– the names of our youth who served at the 300th Anniversary Mass
– The St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Prayer Card with the members signatures
– a copy of the history of the Archdiocese of Washington and its parishes
– the Mass program from the dedication of our third church in 1962
– a recorded copy of our 300th Anniversary Mass from June 26, 2010

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