A Publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland
Catholic Voice Online Edition
Front Page In this Issue Around the Diocese Forum News in Brief Calendar Commentary
Mission Statement
Contact Us
Publication Dates
Back Issues

Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland

Movie Reviews

Mass Times

Catholic Voice
articles list
placeholder Bishop channels Linkletter: Kids ask
the darndest things

New president aims
to let people know
St. Martin de Porres
is here

Wood Rose
Academy gets a
first-ever visit from
the bishop
of Oakland

gather at the

Three questions
Leo Keegan
on Carnival
of the Animals

St. Jarlath library
gets a makeover

St. Bede pupils
learn about ALS
— and drench
the principal

St. Joseph Fremont students look
at the drought,
social teaching

County honors
St. Philip Neri teacher

Hang on to your hats

Grant funds
extended day
at St. Paul

Golden jubilee
at OLG

Honor for
HNHS senior

United community
at St. John's

Panthers run with
the Comets

'Caring is Sharing'

• Sister Mary
Barbara Carroll
• Rev. Augustine Koilparampil
• Deacon Rudy Brazil

Order of Malta
honors champions
of clinic

Year of Consecrated Life helps laity learn more about religious

Special Requiem
Mass to be
celebrated Nov. 1

Ground is broken
for Mother Teresa

Kelly Moore offers discount on paint,
gift to diocese

Wedding anniversary Mass set for Oct. 19

Blue Mass set
for Oct. 9

Pro-life events happening around
the diocese

Birthright of
San Lorenzo offers 'The alternative'

Physicians' group supports life

placeholder October 6, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, blesses the ground on which the Mother Teresa Center will rise at St. James Church. With the bishop is Father Antony Vazhappilly, pastor of the Fremont parish, and altar servers Nicolas Bontempo and Allan Cantoria. The shawl worn by the pastor was presented to him during the groundbreaking ceremony by the chief priest of the Sikh Temple. A sign of love and friendship, it is the highest honor given to a guest who is accepted into their community.

Ground is broken for Mother Teresa Center

With poetry, public officials, parishioners and prayer, the long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for the Mother Teresa Center of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church in Fremont, took place Sept. 13.

Joe Parrish, a longtime parishioner, took the audience down memory lane with a history of St. James and the events that led to the dream of building the Mother Teresa Center. While the process was long and tedious, the students and volunteer catechists carried on with their faith formation classes and remained steadfast in their hopes of having a learning center one day.

A poem entitled "A Tribute to Mother Teresa," composed by Father Antony Vazhappilly, the pastor, was sung by the St. James Youth Choir, through the musical arrangements of Brother Manny Havana.

In a message of hope and promise, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, acknowledged the leadership and efforts of the pastor and the community. Children held their shovels with excitement as the groundbreaking ceremony and blessing took place.

The event was well-attended by the parishioners, who enjoyed entertainment by The Dream, a band led by parishioner Rex Sarmiento. Mary Alamparambil delivered a heartfelt performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The God Our Father Praise & Worship Ministry led the congregation into a joyful rendition of the St. James theme song.

In addition to Bishop Barber, guests included Very Rev. George Mockel, vicar general of the Diocese of Oakland, and public officials from Union City, Fremont and the surrounding community.

The cities of Fremont and Union City declared a month-long celebration of the Mother Teresa Center. When it is completed next fall, the center will provide classrooms for faith formation classes and a kitchen, and can be converted into a hall.

back to topup arrow


Copyright © 2014 The Catholic Voice, All Rights Reserved. Site design by Sarah Kalmon-Bauer.