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September 18, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA
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Above, a long line formed with people wishing to venerate a relic of St. Teresa. Bottom right, St. Mark's altar servers; bottom left, the gifts were placed at the foot of the altar, which portrays the Last Supper.

St. Teresa honored one year after sainthood

St. Mark Church in Richmond was filled at a bilingual Mass honoring St. Teresa of Calcutta on the first anniversary of her canonization.

"Look at how her life reflects the Word of God," said Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ.

"Mother Teresa brought the love of God to those suffering in the streets," the bishop said. "Millions came to believe in God due to her loving gaze."

I am happy to be here almost one year after she became a saint and 20 years after her death, the bishop said.

He thanked the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa, who work in St. Mark Parish, in the heart of Richmond. The diminutive Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic Sister and missionary devoted her life to charitable work. Besides vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, Sisters of the congregation she formed profess a fourth vow of "wholehearted, free service to the poorest of the poor."

Bishop Barber recalled how he saw Mother Teresa at a distance as a young priest at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. "There was a growing commotion and murmuring as Mother Teresa and another Sister entered the church from a discreet side door," he said. "Then the growing sound of clapping turned into a standing ovation as the people knew this woman radiated the presence of God."

At the end of Mass, Rev. Ramiro Flores, parochial administrator, thanked the bishop, parishioners and Sisters: "Thank God for all the blessings the Sisters have brought the poor and our community," he said.

A long line formed as people came up to kiss and touch a reliquary holding part of the saint. The evening ended with a festival in the parish hall.

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