Blessing of the first stone of the Parish of St. Josemaria in Alcorcón, Madrid
On June 26th, the dies natalis of St. Josemaría, the Bishop of Getafe, Most Rev. Joaquin Maria Lopez de Andujar celebrated Mass in Madrid’s Fuenllana high school and afterwards blessed the first stone of a parish church dedicated to St. Josemaría.
The Mass was attended by many families from the Andel and Fuenllana schools, both corporate apostolic works of Opus Dei, as well as by people from the nearby areas of Alcorcón, Getafe, Móstoles, Leganés, Fuenlabrada, and Pinto.
After finishing Mass, the Bishop, accompanied by the pastor and many of the families present, went to the land where the new church will be situated. “We pray,” he said, directing himself to St. Josemaría, “that this stone we are placing here today will be the source of many living stones for the good of the Church.”
The stone, circular in shape, has an opening in the center for a small urn containing a document commemorating the blessing and placing of the first stone together with the names of the 154 children baptized since the establishment of the new parish and some 40 children who received their first communion this year. Also placed there were some current newspapers and coins, a prayer card with a relic of St. Josemaría and a medallion commemorating the canonization of the church’s patron saint.
On November 1, 2008, the town council of Alcorcón ceded a piece of land for the construction of this church and within the year the project was definitively approved by the municipality and the diocese.
The new parish is situated on Copenhagen Street, between Rey Juan Carlos University and the Alcorcón Hospital, in a young neighborhood that now numbers more than 20,000 people.
Romana, No. 51, January-January 2010, p. 362.