December 2018 | By Joe Snell | Feature photo by Andrew Aziz
Gilbert, AZ – The Mar Yosip Khnanisho Parish of Gilbert, Arizona is opening doors to its new church this Sunday.
The church, part of the Assyrian Church of the East (ACOE), was issued a permit by city inspectors on Dec. 19. They will host their first Raza Qaddisha on Dec. 23 beginning with morning prayers at 8:00 am followed by service at 9:00 am.
After 13 years of fundraising, the Mar Yosip Khnanisho Parish broke ground on construction of a new facility in February of this year at 1287 North Recker Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234. Previously, the congregation had been meeting in rented spaces. The new facility will hold up to 250 people.
Part of the fundraising efforts were selling memorial bricks engraved with names of donors. Those bricks were placed at the entrance of the new church.
His Grace Mar Aprim Khamis will officiate Sunday’s Raza Qaddisha. A number of other Christmas services this week will take place at the church. A full schedule is available on their Facebook page.
Look out for more information on the founding of the church later this week.
Visit the Mar Yosip Khnanisho Parish of Gilbert, Arizona Facebook Page for more information.