On July 1, 2006, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia established Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Limerick Township, Montgomery County. The new parish was the result of the consolidation of St. Peter's Parish Pottstown, and St. Clare's Parish, Linfield.
The major task for the new parish was to build a new parish campus consisting of Church and School. The community of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish decided that it was necessary to witness the Catholic presence within our community by building a Church that would immediately reflect our identity of being Roman Catholic. Initial inquiries suggested that any ecclesiastical elements which would be incorporated into a new church should be acquired before the church is designed, so that the design of the Church would enhance these timeless religious artifacts.
In the fall 2006, our parish made inquiries concerning St. Boniface Church in Philadelphia which closed on June 30, 2006. St. Boniface Church was a beautiful gothic church built at the end of the nineteenth Century. After one hundred and forty years of service to the people in Philadelphia, the parish was closed as a result of changing demographics and declining parish enrollment. Despite the many changes in the community, the beauty and grandeur of this 19th Century gothic church remained evident until the day it closed.
It was decided that Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish would strive to sustain the strong Catholic traditions which several of the elements of St. Boniface Church manifested for almost one and a-half centuries. The thirty-seven foot high Curare marble altar which was placed in St. Boniface Church in 1910 is a timeless piece which could not be replicated throughout the world today. This timeless piece of church history has become the central focus of the design of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church. The altar table of the back altar, containing the marble relief of the Last Supper, will be reconstructed into the altar of sacrifice. A pulpit will be constructed to complement the design of the back altar and the altar of sacrifice. Portions of the back altar will be used to create the side altars for the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph.
Along with the marble altar, the carved mahogany pipe organ will be incorporated within the design of the Church. The classically detailed confessionals of St. Boniface and the beautiful carved mahogany, will recreate the deeply religious atmosphere of the nineteenth century Church. To complement these priceless elements, nineteenth century, Bavarian stained glass windows will be incorporated into the design of the Church. These windows were originally located in St. Clement's Church, Philadelphia, and were created by Myers Studios in Germany.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish has made a strong commitment to this traditional design of its new Church. This commitment necessitates a significant financial responsibility on the part of our young parish. The incorporation of these sacred elements of marble, wood and glass will necessitate a commitment of $750,000.
The honor to be named for such a remarkable "saint" has called our parish community to be faithful in reflecting Mother Teresa's ministry within our local community. Our parish maintains a regular connection with the local soup kitchen sponsored by the Missionaries of Charity; our Child Care program allows us to support the challenges which are faced by young families in our community; our Prison Ministry reaches out to those who are ostracized by the community; and our constant support and participation in the local Birthright organization is our constant voice in opposition to the horror of abortion. The patronage of Mother Teresa of Calcutta is palatable within the spirituality of our parish community. Since 2006 our young parish has developed our 30 acre parish campus; built our Education Center, which incorporates our school and child care program; as well as creating baseball and softball fields. This development has generated a great energy and excitement for our parish community. Since fall 2008, our weekend worship takes place in the gymnasium of our Education Center. The increase in our parish membership and the enhancement of numerous new ministries within the parish requires us to proceed with the construction of our new Church.
Our greatest challenge is the financial ability to bring these sacred elements "back to life" in creating an environment which will be respectful of the powerful ministry of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Our parish families have been very supportive in our fundraising efforts and local benefactors have had a positive impact. It is necessary to reach out to others who may want to support the restoration of these sacred elements or assist in expanding the essential ministry of Mother Teresa into our society today.
To be a part of maintaining our Catholic Identity and supporting the life and ministry of Mother Teresa of Calcutta please contact the pastor Fr. Paul Brandt at 610-287-2525 or
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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish
Limerick PA, 19468
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.