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Pieta in Elsmere is a public display of faith and devotion

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Dialog reporter

Bishop Malooly joined parishioners from Corpus Christi and students from All Saints Catholic School on Dec. 8 to dedicate the parish’s new cross and statue of the Pieta, along with the pedestal on which it stands.

Father Tim Nolan, pastor of Corpus Christi, said the statue and cross were donated by a parishioner. It was something he had been pursuing for a while.

“It was actually something I had discussed with this particular parishioner. He had donated other artwork to the church,” Father Nolan said.

The Pieta represents the body of Christ, which is reflected in the parish’s name. Father Nolan said the artwork makes the parish more attractive to its members.

Bishop Malooly blesses a statue of the Pieta at Corpus Christi Church in Elsmere on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The priests assisting the bishop include (from left) Father Joseph McQuaide of Our Lady of Fatima, Fathers Christopher Coffiey and Charles Dillingham of St. Mary of the Assumption and Father Tim Nolan, pastor of Corpus Christi.(The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com)
Bishop Malooly blesses a statue of the Pieta at Corpus Christi Church in Elsmere on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The priests assisting the bishop include (from left) Father Joseph McQuaide of Our Lady of Fatima, Fathers Christopher Coffiey and Charles Dillingham of St. Mary of the Assumption and Father Tim Nolan, pastor of Corpus Christi.(The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com)

The date of the dedication, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, was chosen with a purpose.

“I thought it would be nice to have it dedicated on a Marian feast day,” Father Nolan said. “My first thought was the Immaculate Conception.”

Children from All Saints School were on hand, as were representatives from the parishes that sponsor the school: Fathers Charles Dillingham and Christopher Coffiey from St. Mary of the Assumption in Hockessin; Father Joseph McQuaide from Our Lady of Fatima in New Castle; and Deacon William Kaper from St. Matthew’s in Wilmington.