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Auxiliary Bishop Gerardo J. Colacicco celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving Jan. 5 at St. Columba Church in Hopewell Junction where he also consecrated the new altar and blessed the ambo and baptismal font. Although the archbishop traditionally administers the anointing of a new altar, Cardinal Dolan gave special permission to the newly ordained auxiliary bishop to do so. Bishop Colacicco served as pastor of St. Columba’s from 2002 to 2014. Before the altar was anointed, relics of St. Columba, St. Denis, St. Dominic, St. Anthony, St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. John Neumann were placed inside it.

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