A groundbreaking ceremony for Woodinville’s Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church was held recently..
The new church property (17828 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road) was formerly the Woodinville Riding Club. The Archdiocese of Seattle purchased this real estate in 2001 in anticipation of future growth of the Catholic community in and around Woodinville. This is the first parish in the United States to be named after Mother Teresa.
According to Seattle-based Broderick Architects, the church’s architectural firm, the building project includes a single-story, 16,000-square- foot church facility that will seat approximately 600 people for each of the several weekend Mass celebrations. Goudy Construction of Bellevue will develop the land and build the church.
In its early days in Woodinville, Blessed Teresa Parish celebrated its services in various locations, including Leota Jr. High School, Wooden Cross Lutheran Church, Northshore Universalist Unitarian Church and Bear Creek United Methodist Church.
"We are grateful for hospitality of several local faith communities in our area and the Northshore School District. Such hospitality helped our parish begin in our early days in Woodinville," said Fr. Schuster, Pastor, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Three years ago, the parish created a temporary worship space by renovating a warehouse located at Check Ride driving school in Woodinville. Fr. Schuster explained: "The building of our new church comes at a good time. We are quickly outgrowing our present facility."
The first Mass in the new church will be in the spring of 2012.