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LOS ANGELES (KABC) – A local church is reopening its doors to parishioners this weekend for the first time since the pandemic. And thanks to the help of some young volunteers, it will be perfect.
From the outside, the Roman Catholic Church of St. Thomas the Apostles is breathtaking. It has served the Pico Union community since the doors first opened on Christmas Day 1904. The services have not been inside since the beginning of the pandemic. That should change.
“Our church is eager to come in. We celebrated our liturgies outside at school. It’s a beautiful place, a beautiful place for an open mass, but now everyone is hungry to come back, ”Ramon Reyes, Deacon, St. Thomas the Apostle.
But after more than a year of closure, the place needs some work before it can open. Among those who are happy to help – members of a youth group in the Church.
“We clean the benches. We’re trying to sweep the dust that’s left behind. Picking up benches and moving them from one place to another, making space so we can make sure everything is properly separated, six feet away so that everything should be fine when opened, ”said Hector Contreras.
“I only do it for my own good and the rest of the good for other people,” said Gerardo Rugerio.
“I suppose it will make me happy that people come back here,” said Isabel Munoz.
On Sunday these young people will return to a place that many of them have known for most of their lives. Today is work, Sunday is worship. When they prepare their church again with open arms, one is proud.
“I do it because, to be honest, I am part of this community. I think this church is the heart and soul and we have to take care of it. I really appreciate that, ”said Daisy Barrios.
And the church values them.
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