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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.

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  • 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.
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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.

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