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RISING FROM THE ASHES
Bishop Soto to preside
at rite of dedication, blessing of new Holy Family Church in Weed on Monday, May 29
Parishioners, friends and members of the local community will gather on Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m. in celebration as Bishop Jaime Soto presides at the dedication Mass and blessing of the new Holy Family Church and parish facilities in Weed.
Holy Family has been without a church building since Sept. 15, 2014, when a grass fire broke out near Boles Creek just east of the town in Siskiyou County. The Boles fire was pushed so fast over Highway 97 and uphill by 45 mile-per-hour winds that by the time fire crews arrived, it had already taken out several homes. In a short amount of time it tore through three neighborhoods, part of an elementary school, several outbuildings at the lumber mill, and two churches. The fire flattened Holy Family Church and its parish hall at 1051 North Davis Ave.
Holy Family Parish soon after began plans for construction of the 15,000-square-foot building that includes a new main church, chapel, kitchen, classrooms, offices and parish hall.
The modern and elegant design of the new structure accommodates the present day needs of the parish and offers state of the art sustainable, building systems performance and energy efficiency.
Seventy to 100 parishioners served on more than 30 committees to assist in the plans, preparations and details for the church interior and dedication, says Father Joshy Mathew, CMI parochial administrator since February 2014.
“Over the past two-and-a-half years, our parish community has grown closer," Father Joshy notes. "We have weathered and sometimes muddled through the building proces. By God's grace and our combined human efforts, we are ready to move into our newly-built spiritual home. And what a beautiful and serence structure it is for our community to worship and give praise to the Lord!"
Read more about Holy Family Parish and see photos of the dedication Mass in the upcoming July-August issue of Catholic Herald Magazine.
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