“It is a time of celebration, definitely… and it is a time to pick up the baton and continue the journey,” Bishop Barnes said. “The Christian does not sit idly by and think of the way things used to be. A Christian lives today and helps change the world for the better.”
During the multilingual Mass, Bishop Barnes presented Father Vincent Au, pastor of the parish, an Episcopal Blessing in recognition of the parish’s anniversary.
Members from the surrounding community joined the parish including representatives from the City Council and the local Episcopalian church.
“I want to thank all the people here, all the SMM (St. Mary Magdalene) families, because you form the faith family. I thank you for your generous support and prayers in this anniversary,” Father Au said.
The large turnout reminded parishioners of how the community has grown over the years. The parish has outgrown its current worship space. There were two overflow areas during the Mass. The parish has plans to construct a larger church building on its property and hopes to fundraise to make its dream a reality.
“We have come a long way, received many blessings and have collaborated with civic leaders so that this faith community can grow,” Father Au said.
Following the Mass, the parishioners continued the celebration with a reception. The various cultural groups present in the parish provided a selection of food and entertainment.