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First stone of new church 

PAGE 8 FIRST STONE OF NEW CHURCH

Alcalá is one step nearer to getting its new church after years of searching for funds and numerous setbacks.

Residents have been pressing for the new facility since the closure of the temple of Nuestra Señora de Candelaria in 2006 for security reasons.

Now, their wait is coming to an end with the laying recently of the first stone of the new church as part of the 18-month project.

The event was attended by the Bishop, Bernardo Álvarez; the Mayor of Guía de Isora, Pedro Martín; the Mayor of Santiago del Teide, Emilio Navarro and the councillors of the Cabildo, Jesús Morales and Josefa Mesa.

“Years of work of the parish commission finally sees the start of the works. It will be a place of worship but also a meeting place for the residentsof Alcalá,” said the Mayor.

The event featured the traditional laying of the first stone, blessed for the occasion by Bishop Bernardo Álvarez. In addition, a time capsule for posterity was buried next to the stone, which included coins of legal tender (who knows if they will continue to be when they are unearthed in the future), the newspapers of the day and the acts of constitution of the new parish.

The new planned church will admit an approximate seating capacity of 300 people.