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placeholder November 23, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA

Relics of three holy people, the martyr Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ; Pope St. Pius X; and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, were carried in procession, along with photos of each, before the relics were sealed inside the altar.
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New altar, numerous renovations at Holy Spirit

A standing room only crowd filled Holy Spirit Church in Fremont on Nov. 8, as Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, dedicated a new altar and the parish celebrated numerous renovations to the church building, including a new sanctuary, floors and seating.

"This is truly an amazing parish," said the Pastor, Rev. Mathew Vellankal. He was grateful that "at the end of all the works we have been able to do … there is no debt."

Bishop Barber noted the sacrifices of the parishioners, and related how sacrifice traced back to Old Testament time. "Sacrifice was the primary means of honoring God during the time of Jesus, Mary and Joseph," he said. Sacrificing lambs or goats on Yom Kippur each year was the only way for sins to be forgiven. Everything was saved, the meat was given to the rabbis as a reward — "that's why we call Jesus the lamb of God."


Pastor Mathew Vellankal and Bishop Barber distribute communion.
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The church was filled
to capacity.

Altar servers assemble before processing into the church.
 
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