St. Rose of Lima celebrates 100th anniversary

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The St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church celebrated the 100th anniversary of its parish on Aug. 6. “In all humbleness we recognize that God’s work was being accomplished prior to the dedication of our church and will continue long after this celebration,” said Rev. Michael O’Reilly, in a message to parishioners and guests. “But today, we give thanks for our 100 years as a community of faith.” The church held a multicultural celebration that lasted all day. The festivities included foods from all parts of the world including Mexican, Filipino and Italian. There was also a bilingual prayer service held at 6 p.m. as well as entertainment to wrap up the day. “We celebrate St. Rose being a beacon to Roseville and our surrounding communities,” Rev. O’Reilly said. “We quietly live our ministries and trust that God’s grace will overflow in abundance.” In addition to marking the anniversary, the church was also revived with a new roof. The metal-tile roof consists of a unique diamond shape. Gary Magonigal of St. Rose believes it is the only one of its kind in California. “It is such a great improvement over the old Marblecrete roof siding, the new look really is amazing,” Magonigal said. The parish’s St. Rose School will celebrate its 50th anniversary Saturday. “We have educated our young to strive for the spiritual world while, these past 50 years, we have prepared them to share our faith in this world,” said Rev. O’Reilly. ~ Staff report