(CNS) -- The poor, the suffering and those who minister to them will be at the center of celebrations leading up to the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata at the Vatican.
The main event -- the canonization Mass -- will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 4, the Vatican announced Aug. 5.
A “family feast” for the poor, a musical, Masses and prayer vigils will precede her canonization, according to programs published by the Vatican and by the Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded.
The last remaining wood-frame antebellum church in the diocese -- Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Campti -- is celebrating its 185th anniversary this year.
Father George Pookkattu, CMI, pastor, will celebrate a special Mass on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. Immediately following Mass, a procession in honor of the Blessed Mother will go from the church to the hall, where there will be a consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Following that, the parishioners will celebrate in the hall with a covered dish dinner and anniversary cake. The public is invited.