Immaculate Conception Catholic Grade School dedication
Sunday, September 18, the new Immaculate Conception Catholic Grade School was dedicated and blessed by Bishop Thomas Olmsted , Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix. The name is being changed from St. Joseph's School to reflect the new location on the campus of Immaculate Conception Church, Cottonwood. The day began with a bilingual mass in the church, celebrated by the bishop. The pastor, Fr. David Kelash and the pastor of St. John Vianney, Sedona, Fr. Kieran Kleczewski con-celebrated and were assisted by several deacons. The mass was attended by the students in their school uniforms with their families. The bishop praised the parish for its construction of the beautiful Immaculate Conception Church and its recent construction of the grade school. After mass, the bishop processed through the parking lot down into the courtyard of the school, with the congregation following. While in the courtyard, the children of the school led their families in several hymns. The principal, Jackie Kirkham, welcomed all to the dedication. Past principal, Greg Kirkham, thanked all those that had worked so hard over the years to make the school a success. He especially singled out Ms Elaine Anderson, the first teacher at the original St. Joseph's. Montessori School. The bishop and priests spoke and said prayers. The blessing of the buildings and the participants was conducted by the priests distributing holy water. Invited guests included Tim Carter, Superintendent of Schools for Yavapai County and Domonick Salce, Assistant Superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Phoenix.