The parish of Lenexa celebrates the silver wedding anniversary of the church

Holy Trinity Parish in Lenexa recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of its new church. At the altar are, left to right: Deacon Dana Nearmyer, Deacon Steve Lemons, Fr. Michael Koller, pastor, Msgr. Ray Burger, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Father Keith Chadwick and Father Richard McDonald. LEVEN PHOTO BY JILL RAGAR ESFELD

by Jill Ragar Esfeld
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LENEXA – At a Mass celebrating the 25th anniversary of the dedication of their main church, Holy Trinity parishioners here joined Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann in thanking all who participated in the construction effort .

“It is good to have Msgr. Ray Burger with us tonight,” the Archbishop said. “He led this effort to create this beautiful church.”

Msgr. Burger was a pastor in 1994 when the church’s master plan was presented to the archdiocese.

For him, the anniversary event involved much more than the commemoration of a magnificent building.

“It is rather a moment to reflect on the graces of the Spirit within this ecclesial community, which have brought this edifice,” he said. “The parishioners of Holy Trinity have always been sensitive to the gifts of the Spirit.

“And the 25th anniversary should remind us of the work of that Spirit, even today.”

The anniversary fell on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

Mary, under this title, is the main patroness of the archdiocese, and Bishop Naumann told parishioners that she is the example to “become living tabernacles that bear within us the very life of God.”

He also explained why churches — actual physical places of worship — are so important.

“What we try to do in our churches, he says, is to create a space that recognizes the mystery of the Incarnation, the mystery of God’s presence with us.

“And how blessed we are to experience it and meet it in the Eucharist tonight.”

The Concelebrating Pastor of the Holy Trinity, Father Mike Koller, spoke at the end of the Mass, recalling the long history of the parish and the community effort that went into building this main church.

All of the furniture, except the pews, was handmade by Holy Trinity parishioners led by Nick Disidore, he said.

Parishioner Cookie Moffitt painted the icon that hangs above the altar.

The 12 stained glass windows surrounding the interior were recovered from Mgr. St. Thomas’ Burger Boyhood Church in the Armourdale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas.

“So tonight,” Father Koller said, “we give thanks and praise Almighty God for having this beautiful structure that we call our house church.

“And Msgr. Burger, we want to especially thank you for your leadership and vision that made this all possible.

“And praise be to God.”


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