Our community is excited to participate alongside all parishes, missions and Catholic centers in the Archdiocese to strengthen and renew our Church for the future. Please continue reading to learn how this campaign will benefit us.
It is with immense joy and heartfelt gratitude that I announce the launch of Called to Renew at Cathedral Chapel of St. Vibiana. This campaign was scheduled to begin in our parish in 2020 but was canceled due to the pandemic. We are now re-launching the campaign alongside every parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and ask God to bless this ambitious effort. Our campaign will allow us to address the needs of our parish, ensuring future generations of parishioners may continue to gather, worship, and create lasting friendships.
Each parish has been given a goal for the campaign. Our goal is $335,000 of which 50 percent will remain at our parish. We will also retain 100 percent of the funds we collect over our goal. If our campaign is successful, we will receive a minimum of $167,500 to address our own needs.
Cathedral Chapel of St. Vibiana has a rich history in Los Angeles. Our parish was built in 1927 to serve as a temporary chapel, intended to be adjacent to the future cathedral. History had other plans, which served to make Cathedral Chapel a permanent structure. Since the opening of this church building, it has undergone four major renovations that have taken place. And in the year 2012, after the completion of its fourth and most extensive renovation, our parish on its 85th anniversary, celebrated the long last consecration of its church building by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Most Rev. Jose Gomez.
This year, on December 25th, Cathedral Chapel of St. Vibiana will celebrate its 95th year of faith, education and service to our community. It is with my utmost gratitude that as your new pastor, I will have the opportunity to celebrate this great milestone in our parish with you all.
Called to Renew will ensure we can continue to be a vital presence in our community for many years to come. Details about how we plan to use our share of campaign funds are on the following page.
Please take a moment to prayerfully discern how you can most generously support this campaign. I also encourage you to consider making a five-year pledge, which will allow us the best opportunity to reach our goal. This is a wonderful parish, and I am amazed to learn from its history, at how our community has always worked together to meet needs that arise. I am asking you, and every member of this parish, to make a gift from the heart and do whatever you can to make this campaign a success.
We entrust our Called to Renew campaign to the intercessions of our Blessed Mother and our patron, St. Vibiana.
Pledged over 5 years for the Called to Renew Campaign.
Our Parish Receives
To renew our parish and strengthen ministries.
Church Pews & Kneelers
Church Pews & Kneelers were second generation since the founding of the church in 1927. It was probably changed in the late 70’s or early 80’s when the main altar was renovated during the term of Fr. Earl Walker. Church pews and kneelers get used a lot and are beginning to show their age. Many of the pews are cracking, and several kneelers are broken. We will refurbish the pews and fix the kneelers (or install new pews and kneelers) to provide a more comfortable worship for all.
Parish Office & Rectory Piping & Air/Heating
Some galvanized piping reportedly still remains in the Parish Offices and Rectory Dwellings. This should be replaced with copper piping. Select heating and cooling units and water heater are operating; however, the condensers will exceed the remaining useful life and replacement is anticipated during the term.
During Mass we celebrate the Liturgy of the Word, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Sometimes is it difficult to hear either part of the Mass due to the inferior quality of our sound system. Church Sound System are operating. The equipment was purchased in 2010 and sound quality is very poor. We will install a new sound system to improve the quality of sound during Mass. The microphones on the altar and music area will also be updated. Replacement for a better system will be required during the term.