St. James opens Mother Teresa
Religious Education Center
St. James the Apostle Parish in Fremont opened its new Mother Teresa Religious Education Center with a dedication and blessing ceremony Aug. 20, drawing hundreds of people to a day that was religious, thoughtful and festive.
"The center is a testimony to what a group of people, parishioners, can do," said Rev. Antony Vazhappilly, the pastor.
"There is good news and better news," he said. "The good news is that the Mother Teresa Center is completed; the better news is that it's paid for."
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, congratulated the parish on raising the money and getting the center completed. To Father Vazhappilly, he quipped, "Now that this building's paid for, we should put you in charge of paying off the cathedral."
Emcee Jim Navarro, a Union City councilman and parishioner, noted the parish has worked on the project for six years.
The parish grounds were filled with tents, food vendors and games and many booths set up by various ministries and organizations at the vibrant and growing parish.
There was music and singing, prayer and testimony from people who knew St. Teresa.
She continues to inspire young and old alike
"Things don't happen by chance," Father Vazhappilly said. "Two weeks from today she will become a saint. … We want young people to serve the poor as Mother Teresa did."
After Bishop Barber dedicated the building, everyone processed to its front door for a ribbon cutting, tour and more festivities.
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The parish even had a drone flying above the event. See two videos at the parish website, www.sjapostle.net.
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