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 $3.6 million milestone for our capital campaign as of October 2018. We have begun the work of renovating the church for the next ten 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. 4203.
Fr. Charles Ramirez
Update on groundbreaking and start of construction: Nov. 10, 2018
CLAREMONT, CALIF. – The Catholic faith community initiated the construction phase of a $5 million renovation of its iconic, red brick church at the corner of Bonita and Berkeley avenues under a clear, blue sky at a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.
Rev. Charles Ramirez, pastor, pronounced a blessing and tossed a symbolic shovelful of dirt into the air as clergy, staff, members of the capital campaign and construction committees, donors, friends and community leaders cheered.
Present were Associate Pastors Ron Clark, Paul Phan and Chris Troxell, as well as Deacon Jim and Karen Allgaier, and Deacon Joe Domond. Director of Parish Administration Neomi Torres was flanked by Capital Campaign Chair Jose Gutierrez and other members of the campaign committee. Architect Victor Newlove and his wife was joined for the festivities by General Contractor Jim VanDyke and his family from VanCrest Construction Co. The assembly was honored by the presence of Claremont City Council Members Corey Calaycay, Larry Schroeder and newly-elected Jennifer Stark. Representing Claremont Heritage Foundation was Chris Oaks.
A reception followed the short ceremony with a round of thanks from Fr. Charles to key leaders who had worked to plan, design and fund the project since the launch of the capital campaign three years ago. The city of Claremont presented a certificate of commendation as well. Guests viewed displays of interior and exterior plans for the renovation, as well as building materials and a sample pew.
Later that same day, parishioners got their first look at the temporary worship place that had been erected and furnished at the north end of the parking lot. The place was recognizable as belonging to OLA with the familiar altar, tabernacle, statues, sanctuary articles and pews transported from the church. Parishioners seemed pleased with the adjacent, outdoor area now designated as an inviting place to gather under a tree and at umbrella tables.
Volunteers, staff and ministers had worked day and night to prepare for both the groundbreaking ceremony and the opening Masses in our new worship place on the same weekend – moving, polishing, planting, hanging, arranging, planning, training, practicing, testing.