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Week of June 26, 2006
New parish named for Corpus Christi
Collins blesses new church site in booming Millwoods
By BILL GLEN
"People in this community are very passionate about this proposal."
"This is a great example of our faith in this community," said Valden Palm, co-chair of the pastoral council that used the name 'St. Theresa's Sister Parish East of 50th Street.'
The Church of Corpus Christi has a much nicer ring to it, Palm said.
"We started with a core group of families at both schools and with St. Theresa's help, we have grown into a new parish," he said.
"Naming the church on Corpus Christi Sunday will always be a special day for us. This truly warms my heart."
The current plan is to initially build a hall for about 500 people that will be attached to the main church. Once the hall is operational, Masses at the schools will end and worship will be held under one roof.
As more funding becomes available, construction of the church will begin. The archdiocese is looking at seating for about 1,500 - a total of about 2,000 parishioners with the hall used for overflow.
A twin rectory will be built nearby that will house four priests - two for each parish in Millwoods, Palm said.
Father Martin Carroll, pastor of St. Theresa's, said he has been asked numerous times when the church will be built. He says the answer lies with the people and not himself.
"It depends on their contributions," said Carroll. "To build anything these days is getting more and more expensive so the sooner we can build the hall, the better."
Palm said a lot of fundraising must be done to get the plans in operation. The projected overall cost is $5-to-6 million.
"Optimistically, we are looking at about five years before we can get spade to ground," he said. "We are selling candles today so the fundraising is underway," he said.
Grade 7 student Teslene Walters volunteered as a junior server at the Mass.
"It's crowded at St. Theresa's sometimes. A new church will make our faith stronger because more people will come."
Terry Lupul will remain a parishioner at St. Theresa's. But he is excited to have a sister parish in Millwoods.
"It just wasn't feasible any longer to have one parish for Millwoods," he said. "It's nice to see another church in this area because the congregation will grow. We will see more practising Catholics coming to church."
Palm stood at the rear of the congregation following the announcement, absorbing the cheerful ambience.
"People in this community are very passionate about this proposal," he said. "It will go.
This is our destiny."
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