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Dear Parishioners,

The theme, our Lady Our Parish, Our Legacy, places us securely under the protection of Mary who guides her faithful people in fulfilling the mission of Jesus. It highlights the importance of our parish community made up of people who make OLA what it is - welcoming, prayerful, compassionate, and generous. It inspires us to create a legacy of our own.

The good news is that OLA has announced the $3 million milestone for our capital campaignin May 2018. If all goes well, we should begin the work of renovating the church in the coming months. We are deeply grateful for the generous contributions of time, talent and treasure which are building an important legacy of faith and service at OLA.

Now is the ideal time to complete your pledge or make a contribution to the capital campaign. You might also consider a bequest to the parish from your estate or retirement fund. Please contact Neomi Torres, Director of Parish Administration, for more information or assistance at (909) 626-3596, ext. 203.

Fr. Charles Ramirez

 Update on start of construction: Oct. 1

I would like to introduce Rick Lopez, Project Manager for the renovation of our church. He has over 30 years of construction management experience and specializes in projects for Catholic parishes in Southern California. The new parish hall at Holy Name of Mary is among the dozen renovations and new buildings he has successfully completed. I have every confidence in his ability to meet the challenges of our project with integrity and competence. He is the best!  - Fr. Charles Ramirez


Hi, I’m Rick Lopez, Project Manager for the church renovation.  This will be the first of many project updates in the coming months. I want to give you an update regarding the project schedule.

Currently, we are going through the building permit process with the City and County. I am happy to announce that the L.A. County Fire Department has approved our plan. However, we still have a few hurdles to surmount in the City of Claremont Building Department approval process. We are hoping that this process will be completed soon, and that we will be able to pull building permits within the next several weeks. In the meantime, we are continually moving forward with the planning and scheduling of the project.

Ninety-nine percent of the design issues have been resolved.  The project color boards and material samples are on display in the parish office, if you would like to review them. 

Barring any unexpected requests from the City of Claremont Building Department, our project start date is scheduled for October 1st. We have asked two different general contractors to give us their preliminary timeline for the project, and they both have indicated a nine-month project schedule. 

Two weeks prior to start of construction, we will be assembling a 60’ x 100’ tent structure that will have a seating capacity of approximately 350 for parish services.  In my next update I will insert the drawings of the tent structure, flooring and seating for your convenience.

I hope this gives you a better idea about where we are on this project.

God bless,


Rick Lopez, Project Manager


P.S. Questions may be addressed to Neomi Torres, Director of Parish Administration in the OLA office, at (909) 626-3596 or ntorres@olaclaremont.org.