This news has been received from: abc7.com

All trademarks, copyrights, videos, photos and logos are owned by respective news sources. News stories, videos and live streams are from trusted sources.

PICO-UNION (KABC) -- A local church is re-opening 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 picture perfect.

From the outside, St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church is stunning. It's been serving the Pico Union community since the doors first swung open on Christmas Day, 1904.

Services haven't been indoors since the pandemic began. That is about to change.

"Our community is anxious to come in. We've been celebrating our liturgies outside at the school. It's a beautiful place, beautiful place for open mass but now everybody is hungry to come back," Ramon Reyes, Deacon, St. Thomas the Apostle.

But after more than a year of being closed...the place needs some work before it opens. Among those happy to help in that effort....members of a youth group at the church.

"We're cleaning the benches. We're trying to sweep the dust that's been left behind. Picking up and moving benches from one place to another, making room so that we can make sure that everything's accordingly separate, six feet away, so that when they open everything up, everything should be okay," said Hector Contreras.

"I just do it for my own good and the rest of the good for other people," said Gerardo Rugerio.

"So I suppose it will make me feel joyful that people would be coming here again," said Isabel Munoz.

On Sunday, these young people will be walking back into a place many of them have known for most of their lives. It's work today...worship on Sunday. As they ready their church again with open arms, there is a real since of pride.

"I do it because I'm part of this community, honestly. I do think this church is the heart and soul and we have to provide. So I really do appreciate this," said Daisy Barrios.

And the church appreciates them.

News Source: abc7.com

Tags: catholic church church volunteerism all good news since the pandemic young volunteers beautiful place

Schmeichel: Outpouring of support shows 'the reason I play'

Next News:

Jon Rahm sank a monster putt to win the US Open and celebrated with his newborn son

Jon Rahm. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

  • Jon Rahm won the US Open on Sunday, the first major victory of his career.
  • Rahm took the solo lead on the final hole, sinking a putt that sent the crowd into hysterics.
  • As he walked off the green, he was met by his wife and newborn son, whom he carried on the champion's walk.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

On his first Father's Day as a dad, Jon Rahm became a major champion.

Rahm birdied his final two holes on Sunday at Torrey Pines to win the US Open, the first major win of his career.

At the 18th, Rahm received a massive cheer from the crowd as he sunk his birdie to take sole possession of first place.

—PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 20, 2021

After sinking his shot, Rahm walked off the green and was met by his wife Kelley, and his son Kepa, who was born in April.

Rahm made the walk to the clubhouse with his baby boy in his arms. Kepa seemed unrattled by the scene around him.

—Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) June 20, 2021

After his putt, Louis Oosthuizen was the only man left on the course with a reasonable chance of catching Rahm, but after he sent his drive over the cliff on No. 17, Rahm's win was all but sealed.

For Rahm, the win is an unbelievable comeback.

Just two weeks ago, Rahm was pulled off the course after playing the round of his life at the Memorial Tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test. Rahm held a six-stroke lead heading into the final round of that tournament but was forced to withdraw from the field in accordance with PGA safety protocols.

Rahm could have played flat in his return, having been unable to practice while he was in quarantine, but instead, he put together four magnificent rounds to become the first Spaniard to ever win the US Open.

After securing the win, Rahm said his positive attitude was key to his performance.

"I'm a big believer in karma," Rahm said. "And after what happened a couple weeks ago, I stayed really positive knowing big things were coming. I didn't know what it was going to be, but I knew we were coming to a very special place. I got my breakthrough win here. It's a very special place for my family."

"I just felt like the stars are aligning."

Torrey Pines will hold a special place in Rahm's heart forever. It's where he proposed to his wife. It's also where he secured the first PGA Tour win of his career in 2017.

And on Sunday, it became the site of the first major win of his career.

Other News

  • Reality star Jazz Jennings says she has a binge eating disorder and gained 100 pounds in two years
  • Meghan McCain Destroys Biden for Being Pro-Choice Amid Clash With Church: Hes Doing Grave Spiritual Harm to Himself, and Harm to This Country
  • Koretz, Buscaino Introduce City Council Motion To Prepare For Possible Withdrawal From LA Homeless Services Authority
  • Feds: Passaic County Union Plan Admin Charged In Tax Evasion Kickback Scheme
  • U.S. Catholic bishops greenlight plan to deny communion to Biden
  • Rays call up baseballs No. 1 prospect Wander Franco for AL East clash vs. Red Sox
  • Pastor Rushes To Protect Church As Fire Tears Through Nearby North Sacramento Tire Shop
  • 60 Catholic Democrats Accuse Bishops of Weaponizing Eucharist Against Biden
  • Michigan to Fully Open Tuesday
  • Floridas Unemployment Rate Increases in May
  • The report says the city of London will attract fewer foreign investors by 2020
  • Dorchester Church Joins National Fathers Day Challenge, Calls For Summer Of Peace
  • Craig Kimbrel keeps moving up in record books with latest save for Cubs
  • Calvary Baptist Church revives exciting plans for tower
  • Will Smith opening up, releasing memoir Will in November
  • Hawks vs 76ers NBA live stream reddit for NBA Playoffs Game 7
  • Man Utd ready to make Paul Pogba the Premier League’s highest-paid player with stunning £104MILLION five-year deal
  • Unemployed Workers Union Holds Protest Over Gov. Hogans Decision To End Additional Federal Benefits
  • Volunteers Plant Trees In Neighborhoods Near Central 70 Project