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Archbishop blesses Hillsboro hall
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Deacon Jesus Espinoza, Maria Wanner, Archbishop Alexander Sample and Deacon Kevin Fillo.
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Deacon Jesus Espinoza, Maria Wanner, Archbishop Alexander Sample and Deacon Kevin Fillo.

HILLSBORO — Archbishop Alexander Sample celebrated the Vigil Mass of the Assumption of our Lady on Aug. 14 at St. Matthew Church here.

After Mass, the parishioners and staff processed to the parish hall, where Archbishop Sample blessed the parish’s new facilities.

Also on this day, several of Missionaries of the Holy Spirit brothers and a priest renewed their vows.

St. Matthew also held the first solemn exposition of the parish’s relics. This will be a temporary exposition until the parish can establish a safe and devotionally appropriate place for the relics.

“With the presence of our saints, I want to remind you that we all are called to holiness of life,” said MSpS Father Pedro Arteaga, pastor. “May our words echo the Word of God, may our gestures remind everyone of what Jesus did, and may our lives become a living Bible to the world. Relics are pieces of the saints who lived time ago. We are not meant to be relics, but rather living and loving Christians in God’s World.”

First-degree relics at the church include those from:

• St. Anthony Marie Claret 1870 (Founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, commonly called the Claretians)
• St. Norbert of Xanten 1134 (Founder of the Premonstratensian Order of canons regular, commonly called Norbertines)
• St. Philip Benizi 1285 (Servite Cardinal and preacher who hid in a cave in order not to be elected pope)
• St. Augustine of Hippo 430 (Doctor of the Church)
• St. Monica 387 (Mother of St. Augustine – an important consolation for all mothers who weep their children’s unbelief)
• St. Vincent Strambi 1824 (A bishop who suffered defending religious freedom under Napoleon)

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