Assumption, Atco, to begin a year-long celebration


ATCO — A Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the mission of Assumption Parish to be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. by Bishop Joseph Galante on Saturday, Aug. 8 will begin a week of events to mark the centennial.

Right after the Mass a dinner dance will be held in the parish hall where past clergy and sisters are invited to attend along with the bishop.

An evening of prayer and song will be held in the church on Aug. 9 with 100 hours of adoration starting at 3 p.m., Aug. 10. A tree will be planted at the site of the old church in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption with an ice cream social following at 8 p.m. in the parish hall.

A cocktail party is set from 7-11 p.m. on Aug. 11, and for the youngsters Father James Casadia, pastor, will host a barbecue, games, and adoration with live music on Aug. 12.

Family outdoor movie night will be held in front of the church on Aug. 13 (inside the parish hall if it rains), and a vigil mass and outdoor Rosary is set for 7 p.m., Aug. 14.

The weeklong celebration will end on Aug. 15 with the annual chicken barbecue.

The parish began as a mission of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Berlin with the first church built on the White Horse Pike in 1909. Assumption was elevated to parish status in 1947. There are now six separate buildings on the parish property after 38 years only with the church building. The buildings include, among others, parish hall, the rectory, and Assumption School which opened in 1955 with 315 students. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary served the children in the school and the families until 1996.

There are more than 1,900 families registered at Assumption Parish that totals more than 8,000 people. A new church was dedicated in 1986.

The parish’s religious education program offers religious education to more than 500 students from pre-school to eighth grade. It is also responsible for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.