“To transform the world by choosing unconditional love and sacrifice.”
– Parish Mission Statement
We celebrated our first mass on September 12, 2004. At that time, we were known as the Roman Catholic Community of Whyte Ridge, Linden Ridge and Linden Woods and we celebrated one Sunday liturgy with our 90 registered families at the Winnipeg Technical College on Scurfield Blvd. During the course of the first year, we established all the essential ministries, including a Parish Pastoral Council. We also began the process of discerning a name for our parish to identify a patron and model for the members of our new faith community.
On our first anniversary in September 2005, we officially became St. Gianna Beretta Molla Roman Catholic Church, named after St. Gianna Beretta Molla, who was among the incredible individuals canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2004.
Our faith community has flourished since its establishment and has since expanded to three weekend liturgies. We have grown to include over 300 registered families, with new members joining monthly. We have liturgical ministries, faith and community building ministries and our very own councils of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Women’s League. On May 6, 2012, we celebrated the ceremonial Sod-Turning inaugurating the construction of our new parish home. Construction began on Monday, December 10, 2012, building a worship space at the corner of McGillivray Boulevard and Columbia Drive proclaiming the presence of Jesus in our community. We celebrated our first Sunday liturgies in our new home the weekend of August 16 & 17, 2014. On Sunday, September 7, 2014, our parish family joyfully celebrated the dedication and consecration of St. Gianna Beretta Molla Church, our new parish home.
On Sunday, May 10, 2015, the first Canadian Shrine in honour St. Gianna Beretta Molla was blessed and inaugurated in St. Gianna Beretta Molla Roman Catholic Church, by Archbishop Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg.
The event, celebrated in the context of evening prayer, included the unveiling of a bronze statue of St. Gianna by artist John Collier and we were blessed to have with us St. Gianna’s daughter, Gianna Emanuela in attendance.
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