MESSAGE FROM OUR ADMINISTRATOR
A MESSAGE FROM FR. ANTHONY
Dear Holy Family Parish Community and Supporters,
How marvelous and encouraging it is to witness the progress on the construction of our new Parish Center. The steel beams are up, the cement foundation has been poured, and the framing of the building has begun. We are on schedule for the completion of the building by July 2023.
To accommodate fundraising efforts, the city granted permission for our Master Plan for construction to take place in phases. Because the completion date for the current phase (1A) will be here soon, it is time for us to prepare for the next phase (1B): the “Parking Phase.”
Phase 1B will demolish the existing Parish Office building (the previous rectory), create a new parking lot adjacent to the church, and move the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes to a new location next to the Lomita Avenue entrance.
The benefits of this phase include:
Additional handicap parking next to the church, with an ADA ramp to the West (new) wing.
Safe parking with ample lighting next to the adoration chapel to support adorers who visit the chapel during the night hours. We are working to restore 24-hour Perpetual Adoration.
Placement of the grotto in a more visible location by the church entrance, with outdoor seating for meditation and prayer.
More parking for Sunday Masses. The existing lot, where the new Parish Center is located, will have the same number of parking spots as before with a new lot design. This second lot will increase the overall parking capacity.
Phase 1B is estimated to cost $1.2 million. We have the pledges to cover the $9.5 million for 1A. To receive approval from the Archdiocese for 1B and before we begin construction, we need to have a certain amount of cash on hand and pledges to cover the $1.2 million.
I ask you, parishioners and supporters, to prayerfully consider what level of giving is right for you. I appreciate that 27% of our parishioners pledged or donated to phase 1A and I am deeply grateful for your gift. Our goal is to increase participation. If you are one of the 3,355 members of our parish who has not yet pledged to Building Our Future, please consider making a pledge as part of this phase. Or perhaps you pledged for 1A and can offer another pledge for 1B. Every pledge and everyone is needed to build the future of Holy Family.
For any gift of $12,000 and above, your name can be added to the donor recognition wall at the new Parish Center. A gift may be made in memory of a loved one. Any gift amount for 1B will be totaled together with your 1A gift toward the requirement for adding a name to the recognition wall.
Every pledge and gift makes a difference, regardless of amount. Holy Family depends on your faithfulness and generosity to support the ministry within our parish, to the community, and to the world. For any questions about this phase of the campaign or the Building Our Future master plan, please call the office or contact me or Deacon Ron Baker.
Your brother in Christ,
REVEREND FR. ANTHONY GARCIAS