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2 Years After Franklin Lakes Church was Destroyed by Arson the Church is Moving Forward with its Rebuild

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Franklin Lakes NJ, two years after arson destroyed part of the church ,Most Blessed Sacrament Church officials were finally able to share much anticipated news with their community , In a letter dated Dec. 3, Rev. John R. Job announced that the borough had approved final building plans, which allows officials to now begin the process of selecting a builder through a bidding process. reported that the estimated cost of the new sanctuary is $16.5 million, An investigation revealed that JAMES Z. MAYERS entered the structure during the early morning hours of December 11, 2019, and purposely started the fire with the use of gasoline and a cigarette lighter. MAYERS was arrested at the scene and treated by first responders for thermal injuries he sustained while starting the fire.

From the Most Blessed Sacrament Church Facebook page :
This past weekend’s featured saint was Saint Juan Diego (1474-1548). In 1531, Our Lady appeared four times to a native convert, Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoazin (“the talking eagle), at Tepayac, near Mexico City.
Mary tells Juan Diego to go to the bishop and express her desire for a church to be built on the site. As the bishop is reluctant to say yes, Mary told Juan Diego to go to the top of the mountain and pick some flowers. He went up to the hill and found roses. He gathered them in his tilma, a garment like a poncho. He brought them to Mary who arranged them and said to take them to the bishop.
Juan Diego proceeded again to the bishop’s house. He repeated the message to the bishop and opened his tilma to present the roses. The bishop saw not only the beautiful flowers but also the beautiful image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The bishop took the tilma and laid it at the altar in his chapel. By Christmas of that year, an adobe structure was built atop Tepeyac Hill in honor of our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and it was dedicated on December 26, 1531.
Known for his holiness, Juan Diego devoted himself, tradition says, to the pilgrims who came to see the miraculous image of Mary imprinted on his cloak. Pope John Paul II canonized him on July 31, 2002.
Saint Juan Diego, pray for us!
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