Two years after ground was broken, the newest church in the Archdiocese has opened to serve families in in the fast-growing Meadows district of southeast Edmonton.

The church of the Catholic Parish of Corpus Christi, located on 34th Street at 28A Avenue, is the first to be built in Edmonton since 1997. The name Corpus Christi, Latin for Body of Christ, was chosen by former Edmonton Archbishop Thomas Collins, who blessed the land at an outdoor Mass in 2006. 

The building, designed by Sergio Poles of HFKS Architects, includes a glass-walled chapel facing 34th Street, meant to be a lantern and light for the community.  The church seats 1,500 people, and an attached hall can accommodate up to 500. 

The new parish has grown out of St. Theresa’s Parish in Mill Woods, which at more than 5,000 families is the largest in the Archdiocese of Edmonton. For parishioners of Corpus Christi, the journey to their new spiritual home has been a long one. Since 2004, they have attended Mass in local school gymnasiums, and since 2011 have been raising funds toward the $16-million cost of construction. 

Rev. Joseph Vadassery, who has served in parishes across the Archdiocese since 2005, is the pastor of Corpus Christi Parish, assisted by Rev. Matthew Hysell.

The new church will be formally dedicated by Archbishop Richard Smith on Saturday, March 19, the feast day of St. Joseph, patron saint of the Archdiocese of Edmonton. 

All are welcome to join Archbishop Smith and the parish community of Corpus Christi at this joyous celebration.

Place: 2707 – 34 Street NW, Edmonton

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016

Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., reception to follow