In his homily, Bishop Matano called the new church building a magnificent house of the Lord.
“Here we are to behold before our eyes, a true miracle of God,” he said. “Now, as this new church has been born among us, this parish joyfully looks to the future. We are mindful that from this sacred place, memories upon memories will transform the material used to build this church into a living edifice alive with the presence of our living God.”
Among the memories to be born will be reception of the Holy Eucharist, the joining of men and women in the sacrament of matrimony, and children being baptized and becoming God’s own children, Bishop Matano said.
“Memories of holiness, memories of happiness, memories of Christ; these will accumulate in this sacred place as the years go by,” he noted. “Such is the joy and peace of this parish church.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes that the Rite for the Dedication of a Church and an Altar are among the most solemn liturgical ceremonies because “visible churches are not simply gathering places, but signify and make visible the church living in this place, the dwelling of God with men reconciled and united in Christ.”