Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of July 14, 2003
Basilica celebrates 40 years
Church's beauty and liturgical music called 'divine' by Lt. Gov. Lois Hole
By RENATO GANDIA
"It was just a frame and that frame was called the 'strong bone.'"
- Anita Patsula
He noted that the basilica is situated where it should be, a place where people can find peace amidst the busyness of life. "It should be right here on Jasper Avenue, in the hustle and bustle of our lives."
In his homily he reminded the people that from this cathedral we find physical signs of solidity as this church is built upon stone and metal.
"From this cathedral church we move out to spread the word of God . . . carrying with us the fidelity, solidity and the fire of faith."
Because the celebration fell on the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul, the archbishop spoke on the qualities of the two great disciples of Christ.
"Peter is the rock, Paul is the fire and we need both of them if we are to serve the Lord," Collins said.
Although Peter "started as a Jello . . . he eventually became a rock by the grace of God."
He became a great example for all of us because of the solidity of his faith, his fervour and fidelity to the person of Jesus Christ.
"He is a constant reminder of what the Lord has to work on . . . Through the grace of God he was able to fulfill the mission he was given.
Paul is different from Peter. The only thing they have in common is that they both needed the grace of God, the archbishop noted.
"Paul is the fire that blazes to spread the word of God. He is a great saint and he probably made others great saints because apparently living with him was difficult.
"They speak to us of what it is to be called by Christ. We need to recognize our own weaknesses. We need to recognize them to be open to the grace of God."
The parish held a sold out dinner and dance in the church basement the previous day. A documentary about the basilica was shown at the dinner.
"When I was looking at the slide presentation there was a picture of the basilica when it was just being built. when it was just a frame and that frame was called the 'strong bone,' " remembered Anita Patsula.
She also reflected on the "the need for the young people to carry on" as she saw some photographs of the young adults in the parish.
Celia Navarro is one of these young adults.
"The basilica has become a place of refuge for me because I came from a very religious country. I used to go to church everyday because churches are everywhere in my home country, the Philippines."
For her, coming to the basilica is like having a place to have a date with Jesus Christ . . . to talk with him.
"This community provides for me a venue to meet Jesus Christ, interact with other people, nourish my faith, do things with other young adults and grow in my faith."
She loves this community because of its welcoming atmosphere as witnessed by the priests and Sister Annata Brockman.
Initially Darin LaBonte came to the basilica because of its location. But what keeps him attending this parish is the beautiful building and the great experience he finds within the community every time he comes.
"The young adult in here is growing stronger and stronger. There's a great atmosphere here at the basilica."
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