First Mass celebrated in Crozet community’s

Members of Our Lady of the Rosary mission, Crozet, gather outside to watch the first Mass in the former bank that will be their new church. Zoning rules limited the number who could be inside. (Photo/Joe Staniunas)

The Catholic community in Crozet celebrated its first Mass Saturday night, Oct. 7, in the former bank they’ve made into a church. Most of the 150 members of Our Lady of the Rosary mission who came had to look on from outside on a chilly, breezy night, as Bishop Barry C. Knestout presided.

Albemarle County officials say until another entrance and exit is added only 50 people can be inside the building at one time. “We’ve had a lot of problems,” said their pastor, Msgr. Timothy Keeney, as volunteers tried to get video and audio piped to the parking lot. “But Mass will be said. Jesus is coming!”

For more than nine years, the community has been meeting for Mass in a local school and then a Baptist church. The search for a permanent place of worship ended last month when they bought the old bank for $1.7 million.


Editor’s note:

Check back in the coming days for the full story on Our Lady of the Rosary’s first Mass and the struggle to find their permanent home.

Read about Our Lady of the Rosary’s purchase of the former bank.

Bishop Barry C. Knestout prepares to bless the new home of the Our Lady of the Rosary community in Crozet on Saturday, Oct. 7. (Photo/Joe Staniunas)
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