Members of St. John the Evangelist Parish take part in their annual fall picnic Sept. 16. At the picnic the parish donated $500,000 to the construction of the new Corpus Christi Church in southeast Edmonton.

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Members of St. John the Evangelist Parish take part in their annual fall picnic Sept. 16. At the picnic the parish donated $500,000 to the construction of the new Corpus Christi Church in southeast Edmonton.

October 1, 2012
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – St. John the Evangelist Parish has become the first parish to contribute to the building of the new Corpus Christi Church in Edmonton's Millwoods region.

At its annual fall picnic Sept. 16, pastor Father Jozef Wroblewski and Rudy Arcilla, parish council chair, presented a cheque for $500,000 to Father Jim Corrigan, pastor of Corpus Christi.

The contribution from St. John's Parish came only nine days after Archbishop Richard Smith sent a letter to pastors as well as the chairs of parish pastoral and financial councils asking them to consider contributing to the fund for the new $16-million church.

In 2001, the archdiocese bought 7.2 acres at 34th Street and 28A Avenue to build a new church in the rapidly-growing area served by St. Theresa's Parish.

Parishioners of Corpus Christi and St. Theresa's have already pledged $4.5 million for the church, but the archbishop said a total pledge of $8 million is needed before the parish can proceed with construction next year as planned.

The new church will seat 1,500 people to serve the many Catholics in the area.

Smith said he sent his letter to pledge his own support and to invite other parishes to prayerfully consider how they might support the construction of Corpus Christi Church.

"This projected $16 million undertaking is significant, but since it is the work of the Lord, we trust with the certainty of our own faith that we will succeed in our mission," he wrote.

"A parish pledge over a period of years is a very effective way to make a significant contribution to this project."