PSA & CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
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WHAT THE PSA and CAPITAL CAMPAIGN MEANS FOR SANTA CLARA DE ASIS
Moments of GREAT PORTENT are rarely perceived when they first stir within the shadows of our imagination. Faint hints foreshadowing the approach of something momentous are easily dismissed and quickly forgotten. Even when life-changing circumstances begin to unfold they are not readily understood in their fullness, even at times being resisted. Be they PERSONAL moments of transformation such as a graduation, a dawning relationship or attaining a long-sought job or SOCIETAL in the form of political or social perceptions prompting sweeping cultural change, moments of GREAT PORTENT are rarely foreseen with appreciative foresight and even less fully acknowledged in their depth of grace.
Woven within each of our lives are moments when ‘everything changes.’ Hindsight allows us the wisdom and safety from which to unwrap and ponder WHAT HAPPENED...but the opportunities to embrace, grab hold, participate within and even help bring about the birth of something new are frequently lost amid the clutter of our doubt, fear, uncertainties, resistance, ambivalence, nearsightedness, stubbornness and even anger.
But...what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if we could posses the grace by which to celebrate and participate within something wonderful unfolding in our midst? What if we could see beyond our own limitations and catch a glimpse of the future generations forever to be impacted by our actions? What if we were presented with a precious and priceless opportunity to lend our efforts to forever changing the face of the Roman Catholic Church here in Orange County? Could we, would we, rise and embrace the moment?
What if an opportunity to rise above our parochial dispositions and internal bickering was offered us? What if a chance to build upon the wisdom gained from the shame of past misconduct scandals was presented to us? What if we, despite our doubts and disagreements, were able to touch upon THE FAITH that has sustained billions through the millennia and have the ability to create a Catholic presence within Orange County that will be a legacy and home for our great-great grandchildren?
Could we, would we, rise and embrace the moment?
What if a MOMENT OF GREAT PORTENT was unfolding in our presence, would we have the wisdom to participate within it? Would we find the courage to think outside the boxes of conformity? Would we be CATHOLIC enough to think BIG and not small? Would we, generous people that we are, find the wisdom to pause from our own pursuits to generously help OUR Mother Church in her MOMENT OF GREAT PORTENT? Would we be able to see beyond this week, month or year to the faces of our progeny who will be inspired by our actions to dream beyond their own limitations?
What if this is our moment to be GREAT? What if this is the moment for which all our previous generosity has been preparing us? What if this is our generation’s MOMENT OF GREAT PORTENT? What if this is OUR OPPORTUNITY to have FAITH and NOT fear?
What will prevent us from rising and embracing OUR moment?
‘FOR CHRIST FOREVER’
‘As a mother is to her child, Christ Cathedral will be for Santa Clara de Asis.’
‘I am the vine, you are the branches…’ John 15:15
New branches begin to grow...
Many said it should not be done. They pointed to an already existent parish Church that in 1976 had been pushed into service as a Cathedral as proof that a new Cathedral was unnecessary. They cited the expense of the idea as dwarfing anything that had been attempted before. They pointed to the dire national economy as proof it would be shunned by the people. They said its pedigree would ‘confuse the faithful.’ They said there were more important things with which to be concerned. THEY, of course, were frightened, cautious, leery, fiscally concerned and THEY WERE WRONG.
The first brush of Roman Catholicism with the soil of what would someday become Orange County occurred in 1769 as Franciscan missionaries accompanying the Portola Spanish Land Expedition, journeying north from San Diego, baptized two sick Indian children among the southern hills of a ‘then non-existent’ San Clemente. Making slow passage through ‘broad mesas-planos’ and canyons, the expedition and accompanying Franciscans bestowed ‘Catholic’ names to their encampments befitting the Church’s liturgical calendar of the era. Thus, Valle de los Cristianos (Valley of the Christians) was named, followed by the vicinities of San Francisco Solano, San Juan Creek, Santa Margarita, Santa Ana and the 18th century Spanish land grants that would eventually become thriving Orange County communities.
While the Portola Expedition eventually exited the area via a pass that would become Hacienda Boulevard in La Habra and continued their northward journey, the Franciscans had evangelistic visions that would later lead them along ‘El Camino Real’ (the King’s Highway) in the founding of our present-day Missions. On November 1, 1776 Father Junipero Serra returned to the interrupted earlier efforts of other Franciscans to found Mission San Juan Capistrano. The Catholic Missionary years experienced moments of accomplishment and periods of despair and ruin. A striking Stone Church was completed at Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1806 but the noble structure lasted but six years when it was destroyed in the earthquake of 1812. Mexican Governor Pio Pico later auctioned off Mission San Juan Capistrano and President Abraham Lincoln eventually signed the Patent of Title returning the Mission to the Catholic Church. Of course, by then many of the Mission structures and possessions had been sold to private parties.
The passage of years witnessed the 1850 Statehood for California and the creation of Orange County in 1889. While its own county the area was located ecclesiastically within the Diocese of Monterey-Los Angeles, Los Angeles-San San Diego only becoming its own Diocese in 1922. Meanwhile, the Don Bernardo Yorba family, owners of Rancho Canon de Santa Ana, (aka: Rancho San Antonio) hosted the celebration of a regular Catholic Mass, first on the second floor of their hacienda and later at a small adobe Chapel near the Santa Ana River, both structures located in an area that would eventually become Yorba Linda.
One decade followed upon another and the surge of development/growth within the Catholic Church mirrored that occurring within all of Orange County. In the Bicentennial year of the United States, on March 30, Archbishop Jean Jadot, Apostolic Delegate to the United States, announced Pope Paul VI’s approval of the creation of the Diocese of Orange, with Bishop William Johnson being appointed as the First Bishop of the fledgling Diocese. Holy Family CHURCH in Orange, with its capacity for 800 parishioners was pushed into service as the Cathedral Parish.
Representing 25% of the population, the Catholic Community of Orange County grew rapidly as Orange County increased in 500,000+/- increments every 10 years. With 1,421,233 people beginning in the 1970’s, the 2011 figures show Orange County having a mixed and still-growing community of 3,055,745 persons inhabiting the same geography. The Diocese of Orange has responded to this continual growth in its evaluations and anticipation of new developments, purchasing, whenever possible, future parish property ahead of development spike$.
Home to 1,300,000 Catholics served by 62 Parishes and Centers, the Diocese of Orange has become the 10th largest Diocese in the United States. With this surge in growth, Bishop Tod Brown was very aware that the ‘former parish church-pushed into service as a Cathedral: Holy Family in Orange’ was fast being outpaced in its capacity to adequately host and service the growing Catholic Community. Thus in 2000 Bishop Brown availed of an opportunity to purchase 15 acres of barren land from the Segerstrom family in a southern portion of Santa Ana bordering on Costa Mesa that could serve as a NEW Cathedral Parish while alleviating overcrowded conditions in other nearby Santa Ana parishes. ‘Christ Our Savior Cathedral Parish’ established in 2005, became the sole focus of all eventual Cathedral plans... until the faint hints of a MOMENT OF GREAT PORTENT were sensed in 2011.
The Portola Expedition brought the Franciscans...
Reverend Schuller brought his vision for a NEW type of Church...
Long before The Diocese of Orange came into existence, in 1955 the Reverend Robert H. Schuller and his wife Arvella arrived in Orange County and founded the Garden Grove Community Church (The Reformed Church in America.) Finding available space in an Orange Drive-in Theater, Reverend Schuller would preach every Sunday from the tar-papered roof of the projection booth, gradually developing his ministry of ‘encouragement and hope.’
Acquiring land in nearby Garden Grove, Reverend Schuller contracted with architect Richard Neutra to build a Chapel on the new property. Designed so that Reverend Schuller could preach simultaneously to those seated indoors as well as those in their cars (honoring the Church’s origins in a drive-in theater,) ‘The Arboretum’ featured a glass wall that could open to the outdoors and was critically acclaimed in ecclesiastical-architecture circles.
Reverend Schuller’s church continued to grow and in 1968 the 13-story Tower of Hope (also designed by Richard Neutra) opened. With a 90-feet-tall neon-lit cross as its crown, the Tower of Hope became Orange County's tallest building for more than a decade. The Reverend Billy Graham suggested to Reverend Schuller that he embrace technology by taking his ‘message of encouragement and hope’ to a larger television audience and thus ‘The Hour of Power’ was conceived, its production overseen by Reverend Schuller’s wife, Arvella.
With the addition of this powerful medium causing his community to burst at the seams, he approached architect Philip Johnson to design a larger structure to accommodate the growing congregation. Because Reverend Schuller missed the serenity of the drive-in theater's clear blue sky, he encouraged Mr. Johnson to: "Make it all glass!"
Dedicated in 1980, the 10,000-window Crystal Cathedral can presently seat 2700 worshipers and its marble chancel has accommodated 1,000 musicians. The structure spans 415-feet in length, 207-feet in width and is 128-feet in height. More than 10,000 windows of tempered, silver-colored glass are held in place by a lace-like frame of white steel trusses. These 16,000 trusses were specifically fabricated for this effort. Huge, white concrete columns, the largest ever poured to that time, hold the balconies in place. 10,000 yards of concrete, equal to 20,000 tons, were poured for the foundation of the structure. All visible concrete has a white marbleized appearance. The columns are hinged at the balcony, and/or foundation, to permit movement and to withstand an earthquake of the magnitude of 8.0 on the Richter Scale, and wind tunnel tests of 100-miles per hour. Advanced in its conservation design, the Cathedral employs no air-conditioning, relying instead upon natural air currents, which come via staggered rows of louvered windows, controlled thermostatically. Also part of this cooling system are two 90-foot-tall doors, which open at the right of the chancel - a feature echoing the earlier Neutra ‘Arboretum.’
On top of the richness of structures and property, the Crystal Cathedral is home to the fifth-largest pipe organ in the world. The Cathedral Organ was conceived by organ virtuoso Virgil Fox, and unites the Aeolian-Skinner organ from Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center in New York City with the Ruffatti organ built for the former sanctuary in 1977. Since the structure’s dedication there have been numerous additions and refinements by noted organ builders. There are 287 ranks of pipes and over 16,000 individual pipes, all playable from two five-manual consoles. White oak cases hold the nearly 11,000 pipes in the chancel area. Included there is a rank of forty-four 32-foot pedal pipes, originally in the organ at Bovard Auditorium at the University of Southern California. The South Balcony divisions of the organ contain 5,000 pipes, and in the East and West Balconies are 549 horizontal trumpet pipes-the largest collection of such pipes in the world.
In 1990, on the tenth anniversary of the Crystal Cathedral’s dedication, a 236-foot Bell Tower was dedicated along with the multi-floor Family Life Center. The tower is comprised of highly polished, mirrored quality, stainless steel prisms forming a spectacular spire that catches the light from all directions. This Philip Johnson-designed structure was envisioned as the final completion of the Crystal Cathedral structure and houses a 52-bell carillon. The Family Life Center has been home for the Cathedral School as well as Youth Ministry and other Church Services.
Continuing his commitment to architectural excellence, Reverend Schuller oversaw the completion, in 2003, of the Richard Meier & Partners-designed 58,000-square foot stainless-steel-and-glass ‘Welcoming Center.’ Featuring a 300-seat auditorium and café built into a sunken piazza on the lower level, the main level has a large atrium naturally lit through tapered lanterns that also serve as thermal chimneys. As with most of Meier's designs, the pure white interiors capture the natural color of the light through the day. On the exterior, embossed stainless steel creates the polished and ethereal appearance.
Same Vine....just another branch!
Many said it should not be done. They pointed to the three parishes already existing in the Canyon where its establishment was proposed. They pointed to the difficult and circuitous path by which people would have to travel to attend it. They pointed to the nearby Catholic School as potentially needing the property. They said it would potentially drain parishioners from nearby parishes. They said the population base was too tiny to warrant a new parish. They of course were being thoughtfully-myopic, prudent, protective and THEY WERE WRONG.
Envisioned mostly as a business venture, in 1907 an early Fullerton resident, Jacob Stern, formed a partnership and acquired Don Bernardo’s Rancho Canon de Santa Ana land for the purpose of developing a townsite. In 1908 the Janss Investment Company bought from Jacob Stern part of the land that made up the Rancho, naming it ‘Yorba Linda’ and began, in 1909, selling it acre by acre. Finally being incorporated as a city in 1967, Yorba Linda had become a primary access point through which Inland Empire residents journey into Orange County. In 1970 St. Martin de Porres became the Yorba Linda successor, along with San Antonio de Padua in Anaheim Hills in 1977, to the efforts of Bernardo Yorba to have a permanent Catholic presence on his former Rancho.
With rapid and consistent growth filling the Santa Ana Canyon, the Diocese of Orange perceived an increasing need for an additional parish in East Yorba Linda to relieve the burgeoning growth at St. Martin de Porres and San Antonio de Padua parishes. In 1983 the Diocese began conversations with a regional developer to purchase 6 acres for a future parish. Business being what it is, the developer sold 106 acres, including the original 6 acres desired by the Diocese, to a smaller developer. Unfortunate events (for the developers) ensued, ending in a foreclosure and the ultimate purchase of the WHOLE 106 acres by the Diocese of Orange!
Ten years later, in exchange for the City of Yorba Linda’s grading and preparation of two six-acre parcels retained for Diocesan use, the Diocese agreed to sell the remainder of the property to the city of Yorba Linda as a site for a park and athletic field. The parish communities of San Antonio de Padua and St. Martin de Porres had earlier expressed a desire for a regional Catholic elementary school and the Diocese offered one of the six-acre plots as a site on which to build St. Francis of Assisi school, which opened for classes in September, 1998.
With the availability of the remaining six-acre parcel, in 2001, in the presence of 150 families, Bishop Tod Brown installed Father Michael Hanifin as the Founding Pastor of Santa Clara de Asis Parish. The proximity of St. Francis of Assisi School led to the easy selection of St. Francis’ close friend and spiritual protégé, St. Clare, in naming the Parish, but to clearly distinguish the parish from the school and to honor the Spanish heritage of the Yorba family, Bishop Brown chose the Spanish title over the anglicized St. Clare of Assisi. In deference to Fr. Mike’s guidance that ‘first we will build a church, and then we will build buildings,’ early parishioners were charged with the primary objective of developing a warm, friendly, and faith-filled community. Three years later, ground breaking for Phase One construction was celebrated and on March 4-5, 2006, the first Masses were celebrated in San Damiano Center, Santa Clara’s temporary sanctuary and eventual permanent Hall.
Upon the appointment of Fr. Fred K. Bailey in 2012 as the Second Pastor of Santa Clara de Asis, the parish has entered a new phase of consolidation, ministry development and continuance of the direction envisioned by Fr. Mike of creating an expansive community of warmth, love, tolerance and acceptance; a parish that will, as did St. Clare, echo the ministry of St. Francis in the continual rebuilding of Christ’s Church.
Having successfully used previous Pastoral Services Appeal Pledge efforts to generate much needed development monies which augmented the parish’s own successful Construction Capital Campaign, Santa Clara again foresees a precious opportunity to benefit from the rebates to be generated from our full participation within the ‘For Christ Forever’-Capital Campaign. The anticipated rebates will be utilized for further Ministry development/enhancement, retirement of the newly-acquired Rectory loan and to complete delayed infrastructure maintenance, repair and replacements where necessary.
New Catholic Cathedrals and their attendant structures are expensive. Conceptual plans for what might have risen on the 15 Santa Ana acres were conservatively pegged at a minimum of $200 million. Coming as it did in the midst of an economic recession and high unemployment, initial ideas for developing a new Cathedral in Santa Ana faced extreme resistance. However, in 2011 when the first hints began to surface of internal financial troubles impacting Crystal Cathedral Ministries (CCM), a handful of Orange County Catholics began to explore and discuss the possibilities of ‘what-if?’ WHAT IF the unthinkable were to occur and CCM might be facing bankruptcy? WHAT IF the structures, including the Crystal Cathedral itself, became available for purchase? Would people be supportive of an effort to purchase the property? Would people see the benefit of obtaining 34 acres of central Orange County property along with seven structures, together valued at over $300 million, for a mere fraction of what would have to be spent on a newly-constructed Cathedral?
Study groups were formed; lay and clerical leaders throughout the Diocese were consulted. Bishop Brown’s initial hesitation was replaced with hopeful, prophetic optimism and the initial study groups were replaced with Action Committees which began developing the vast legal and financial network/groundwork required for such an undertaking. Throughout 2011 as the rumors of fiscal turmoil at CCM grew, the committees likewise prayed and prepared their bids and proposals should bankruptcy be declared.
The media closely covered and documented the unfolding stories and accompanying revelations of Crystal Cathedral Ministries’ circumstances. As bankruptcy was declared, multiple bidders presented their offers to the legal entities overseeing the disposition of the CCM structures and properties. A period of breath-holding occurred as offers and counter-offers were weighed and considered. With the Reverend Schuller himself encouraging that ownership of CCM properties/structures remain within ‘The Church,’ the Diocesan bid of $57.5 million was accepted by the Court and the Diocese of Orange became the inheritors of the sacred structures and properties Reverend Schuller had so patiently and zealously nurtured to life.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged… Deuteronomy 31:8
Turning dreams into reality…
As long-held-breaths were finally exhaled upon the Court’s determination, fresh and VERY deep breaths were inhaled as new and expansive ideas were explored pertaining to this MOMENT OF GREAT PORTENT for the Diocese of Orange. Prophetically sensing the opportunity for the Church to move freshly forward with new vision and wisdom, Bishop Brown encouraged the assorted Action Committees to DREAM BIG. Hence, rather than just a mechanism by which to retire the debt incurred by the purchase of the Crystal Cathedral properties/structures, an OPPORTUNITY emerged for the Diocese of Orange to plan for the future with a FIRST EVER Capital Campaign.
While many Diocesan and Parish services/needs are funded through the annual Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA), the Diocese of Orange has never, in our 37-year history, had a Diocese-wide Capital Campaign. Sensing that this is OUR MOMENT OF GREAT PORTENT, Bishop Brown approved the embrace of a far-reaching Capital Campaign that will, in a visionary manner, address the expansive needs of our Diocese, inclusive of retiring the Crystal-Christ Cathedral debt.
‘For Christ Forever’ - Capital Campaign has FIVE primary financial objectives:
First: Provide $53 million in funding to help retire the Crystal Cathedral debt while providing for facility renovations and campus improvements elsewhere on the 34 acres.
Second: By weaving this year’s PSA efforts into the larger ‘For Christ Forever’ campaign, provide the annual $6.1 million needed for essential Diocesan Services such as Catholic Charities, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Ethnic Ministries, Seminarian education and assorted other services essential for the healthy functioning of the Diocese.
Third: Provide $2 million to be added to the Diocesan Retired Priests Endowment Fund. Proceeds from this fund provide for senior-housing and medical care for retired and elderly Diocesan clergy who have given their lives in service to our communities.
Fourth: Provide $16 million for Catholic Parochial School education and tuition assistance. Of this, $12 million will be used to fund our current tuition assistance endowment and $4 million will fund site and technology upgrades to parish elementary schools in need.
Fifth: Provide $16 million for Local Parish support. More familiar as the traditional PSA rebates enjoyed by parishes generating more monies than their PSA assessments, the ‘For Christ Forever’ campaign will return a 25% rebate on all monies raised by individual parishes over and above their traditional PSA assessment (Santa Clara’s PSA assessment is $68,000. Thus with our Capital Campaign Goal being $749,529, $817,529 inclusive of our PSA assessment, Santa Clara de Asis can potentially receive substantial rebate monies for our OWN developmental use.)
It is important to note that the transformation of The Crystal Cathedral into ‘Christ Cathedral’ is not occurring in the absence of other transformative events. Later this year, The Diocesan Offices presently operating out of Marywood Pastoral Center (in the hills of Orange) will relocate to what has been ‘The Family Life Center’ on the Christ Cathedral Campus. Marywood Pastoral Center will be sold and the acquired monies used to help retire the mortgage. In addition, nearby St. Callistus Parish in Garden Grove will officially begin permanently worshipping (temporarily using the renovated Arboretum) on the Cathedral Campus as Crystal Cathedral Ministries begins to lease the former St. Callistus property for their own use. St. Callistus Parochial Elementary School will become the Christ Cathedral Academy (K-8th grades) and will use the lower floors of the former Family Life Center as their new home. Liturgical Consultants have been selected and Design Review Committees have been established; all are developing renovations that will honor the rich architectural traditions of the structures while allowing them to become beautiful sites for Roman Catholic worship and spirituality.
‘For Christ Forever’-Capital Campaign is a historic opportunity to position the Diocese of Orange to fully embrace the 21st century and beyond. The prophetic quality and unique attainments of ‘acquired structures’ emboldens us to seek profound generosity from ALL of our 1.3 million Orange County Catholics on a deeper scale than ever previously attempted. The financial resources outlined above are vital to enabling the Diocese of Orange to follow in the footsteps of the Portola Expedition’s Franciscans in nurturing and sharing our Catholic faith and spirituality. An endeavor of this magnitude cannot be accomplished in a single year, thus ‘For Christ Forever’ is a four-five year Capital Campaign with pledges redeemable over that entire period. The sheer scope of this OPPORTUNITY requires each of us to think outside our usual manner of charitable sacrifice. While acknowledging that we have ‘no right’ to your hard earned monies, we hope that the VISION and JOURNEY OF THE SPIRIT outlined within these pages will propel you to a whole NEW LEVEL of generosity and stewardship.
In reflecting upon not just what your experience within the Church has been, but on what YOU HOPE IT CAN BE, as you prayerfully consider your participation within this campaign, we are asking you to consider multiplying what you might ordinarily pledge/offer by a factor of 3, 4 or even 5. Thus if your usual Pastoral Services Appeal pledge was $1,000, would you consider making your ‘For Christ Forever’-Capital Campaign Pledge $3,000, $4,000 or even $5,000? Keep in mind that this pledge can be redeemed/fulfilled over three to five years, with payments on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis. Pledge redemption can be done by way of cash, check, credit card or securities. Assorted payment options are fully offered on the enclosed ‘For Christ Forever’ Pledge Card which is provided for your convenience. You may send your pledge directly to the Diocesan Capital Campaign Offices at anytime or PERSONALLY PRESENT it to us during Santa Clara’s Spring-‘For Christ Forever’ Presentation and Pledge Commitment Weekend.
As Winter gives way to Spring, you will be receiving further mailings outlining other opportunities for you to become involved with this historic effort (Naming & Memorial Opportunities, Membership within the ‘Christ Cathedral Guild’) as well as further information on inclusion of Christ Cathedral and Santa Clara de Asis Parish on annuities, wills or other legacy giving options. Please review them carefully.
These last few pages have been filled with figures, amounts and information that boggle our minds and may overwhelm our comprehension. This material is offered so that you may see and consider how we have gotten to where we are. Now you can, at your own pace, contemplate the movement of the Holy Spirit in bringing these things to fruition. Please take your time in considering this material, please pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in your decisions. If you would like to meet and personally discuss your involvement with the ‘For Christ Forever’ campaign, please call me, Fr. Fred, personally at 714-970-7885 X226. If you would like to go on a tour of the Christ Cathedral Campus, I would be happy to help arrange it for you and your friends or family. This is a very special moment for the Diocese of Orange and for Santa Clara de Asis Parish. Please, do not let this MOMENT OF GREAT PORTENT slip from your heart.
‘FOR CHRIST FOREVER’
‘As a mother is to her child, Christ Cathedral will be for Santa Clara de Asis.’
The land once inhabited solely by our Native American ancestors, encountered by the 1769 Portola Land Expedition, is now shared with, and home to, a rich diversity of Anglo, Hispanic, Vietnamese, Filipino, Korean, Pacific Islander, European and African Americans. People of every color, ethnicity, heritage, faith, age and background now mingle together in our communal efforts in ‘pursuit of happiness.’ Historically there have been MOMENTS OF GREAT PORTENT that have altered the development, face and future of Orange County. We ROMAN CATHOLIC-CHRISTIANS are now encountering one of THOSE MOMENTS. At the beginning of this presentation we were reminded that THESE MOMENTS frequently slip through our hands and are lost ‘amid the clutter of our doubt, fear, uncertainties, resistance, ambivalence, nearsightedness, stubbornness and even anger.’ We were also asked: ‘But…what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if we could posses the grace by which to celebrate and participate within something wonderful unfolding in our midst? What if we could see beyond our own limitations and catch a glimpse of the future generations forever to be impacted by our actions? What if we were presented with a precious and priceless opportunity to lend our efforts to forever changing the face of the Roman Catholic Church here in Orange County?’
This is ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS OF GREAT PORTENT when we are each given the opportunity to rise and embrace the moment. This is our time, to pause from our individual/ parochial pursuits and recognize that our MOTHER CHURCH, ‘CHRIST CATHEDRAL,’ requires our sacrifice and help. Throughout our 37-year history, The Cathedral Parish, whether it was ‘Holy Family’ or briefly ‘Christ our Savior’ has united us as a community, given us vision in our expansiveness and gathered us together as family in times of great joy and extreme loss. The Cathedral Parish sustains, grounds and nurtures each of the individual Parishes and Centers within the Diocese of Orange. In our parochial enthusiasms and vitality we can forget that we are each extensions of THE MOTHER CHURCH, that without the Cathedral Parish, we would not exist. Having given us our identity, strength and unity, THE MOTHER CHURCH-’CHRIST CATHEDRAL’ now requires the strength and vitality of her children (us) to fully embrace the prophetic and graced opportunity which has been presented to us.
THIS IS OUR MOMENT OF GREAT PORTENT!
LET US RISE AND EMBRACE OUR MOMENT!