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.
As we eagerly prepare for the 250th anniversary of the founding of Mission San Gabriel Archangel in September 2021, Archbishop Gomez has presented us with an amazing opportunity. I am pleased to announce the launch of our parish’s Called to Renew campaign. This historic effort will provide much-needed funding for parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles — including ours — as well as strengthen important ministries and programs that affect our community.
The goal of our campaign is $855,000, of which 50 percent will remain in our parish. We will also retain 100 percent of the funds we collect over our goal. What a wonderful way to raise the funds to complete a “renewal” of our historic mission church and gardens — just in time for our jubilee celebration! A more detailed description of our planned “makeover” is on the following page.
Please take a moment to prayerfully consider how you can most generously support this campaign. I encourage you to consider making a five-year pledge, which will allow us the best opportunity to reach our goal.
I thank you in advance for your generous hearts as together, in mission, we prepare to celebrate this significant anniversary of our parish.
Pledged over 5 years for the Called to Renew Campaign.
Our Parish Receives
To renew our parish and strengthen ministries.
Pews and Kneelers
Our fragile pews are splintering and pulling apart. We will sand, repair, and varnish the pews to retain their aged appearance.
After many years of service, the double sets of doors at both entrances are in need of maintenance. We will repair or replace the broken door panels before sanding and staining the doors, and will also repair a broken window.
The venerable walls of our mission were last painted 25 years ago. We will also repair any peeling and cracks before the walls receive a new coat of paint.
Our historic gardens are in need of a facelift, beginning with repairing the adobe walls that have fallen into the camposanto from heavy rain. We will also renovate the walkways and exhibits and improve the overall tour experience.
Our baptistery features one of our most treasured gifts from the King and Queen of Spain and dates back to the late 1700s. We will repair the pedestal and windows in the baptistery space, as well as repaint the interior walls and repair the outside wall to avoid future water damage.
This year’s heavy rainfall damaged the gift shop. We will repair the roof, interior walls, and the drainage and electrical systems.