Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of November 18, 2002
Faith blossoms over 90 years
Edson's Sacred Heart parish encourages lay leadership
By RENATO GANDIA
"God is central to our family and this church is like a second home for my family."
- Janet Murry
Aline Andre, parish office manager said, "It's a very emotional celebration a very moving experience. It brought back memories."
Spruce Grove's Tony and Ann Bawol, were parishioner of Sacred Heart for 26 years. They came back to celebrate with their friends and old home parish.
"It's part of our home. Our children were baptized and confirmed here. I belonged to the CWL and did a lot of things helping in the parish," Ann told the WCR.
Tony, who was an active K of C member added, "It was hard to leave, but it's nice to come back to visit."
Sablan, the new pastor, was awed by the spirit of the people in the parish.
"It's quite amazing that although I am new, the people helped me become part of its present and somehow connected with the past of this parish.
The past and the future are all connected and made alive in the present because of our common faith in God, said Sablan.
"I just hope that I can continue the tradition that was started by my predecessors. We have this vision-mission statement to be a vibrant, caring community helping other people to become closer to God and I hope that becomes a reality."
For him, the work is more on continuing to build up the community because the parish now has beautiful facilities.
Years ago, the parish had only a handful of people involved in ministry, with the bulk of the workload falling on the back of the priest. Today, most active parishioners play a role in the life of the parish and many attend the Formation for Pastoral Services Program at Newman College.
Sacred Heart has 400 active families out of a total of 654. About 80 parishioners are involved in ministries ranging from sacramental preparation, pastoral care, liturgical arts and environment and social justice. It also has a youth group, music ministry, CWL and K of C.
Theresa Hiatt, 15, was one of the youth from the parish who attended the World Youth Day in Toronto. She was asked to carry the WYD flag during the procession for the anniversary Mass. "The people are very thoughtful and they help you out a lot," she said. "Seeing everyone worshipping together and celebrating our faith means a lot for me."
Long time parishioner Frank Bochek, has been in this parish since day one. The highlight of the celebration for him was seeing the priests who served there in the past and his old friends.
"These people have been helpful in my own faith journey. Their friendship showed the love of God."
A celebration dinner concluded the evening, followed by a concert with Mark Mallett.
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