Faith Factor: Celebrate 100 years at Corpus Christi
TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Corpus Christi Church will honor its 100th anniversary Saturday, July 23, 2011 with a Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Bishop Jamie Soto at 5 p.m. and a reception immediately following at the Tahoe City Golf Course. Corpus Christi is located on Highway 89, one mile south of Tahoe City. It was built in 1911 and stands on land donated by the Duane L. Bliss family. Its building and furnishings (altar, pews, etc.) were funded by Frederick and Elizabeth Kohl of San Francisco. The church capacity was increased with the addition of a wing in the early 1960s. A renovation of the church and the installation of the stained-glass windows were completed in 1992.
Queen of the Snows, the mission church of the parish, is two miles up Squaw Valley Road in Olympic Valley, about 7 miles from Tahoe City. It was built in 1959 and dedicated by Cardinal James Francis McIntyre of Los Angeles during the opening week of the 1960 Winter Olympics held in Squaw Valley. In the 1980s, another location was added to the weekend Mass schedule with the open air Mass during summer months in Meeks Bay. This outdoor Mass location was subsequently moved to the Marie Sluchak Community Park in Tahoma, where it continues to this date.
Bishop Jamie Soto of Sacramento was born in Inglewood, Calif. and ordained a priest of the Diocese of Orange, California in 1982. He was appointed Vicar for the Hispanic Community by the Bishop of Orange in 1989 and given the title of Monsignor by Pope Paul II in 1990. In 2007 Pope Benedict named him coadjutor of the Diocese of Sacramento and in 2008 he became the 10th Bishop of the Diocese.
Reverend Robert Brooks, the current pastor of Corpus Christi and Queen of the Snows, has been a priest in the Diocese of Sacramento for 16 years. This is his third assignment as pastor and he will be busily occupied not only with the continuation of the traditions of his many dedicated predecessors but also with planning of needed renovation and restoration of the old church. He, however, will be driving an automobile instead of the horse and buggy of the early years.
Reverend Richard Rolfs of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, in his 19th summer as an invaluable assistant to many pastors of Corpus Christi, will also be part of the 100th anniversary celebration.
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