SASKATOON — Staff, students and other members of the Mother Teresa School community gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Family for a special mass Sept. 4 to mark the canonization of the school’s namesake, who was known for her charity and service to the poorest of the poor in Kolkata, India.
Canonization is the final step in being declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. Mother Teresa is now St. Teresa of Kolkata — although, as Pope Francis commented at the official celebration in Rome, she will remain “Mother Teresa” in the hearts of many.
Principal Rick Garman welcomed all in attendance, including students, parents, the school’s first principal, Bernard Bitz, Board of Education trustees, superintendents of education, teachers and division staff.
Rev. David Tumback, pastor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, was joined by Rev. Michael Dechant, OMI, and Rev. Mark Blom, OMI, to celebrate the occasion with the school community. Tumback shared several stories illustrating the saint’s humility and service. He used an analogy of a poker player who is “all-in,” the term for betting everything on a single hand. Mother Teresa was all-in: she gave all she had in loving service of God.
Mass concluded with the singing of the school song led by Rhonda Baker who composed it. It states that we are all pencils in God’s hands, referencing a famous quote by Mother Teresa.
The school community handed out bookmarks made for the occasion and hosted a reception after mass.