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Renovation News

 April 7, 2019 (Bulletin Update)

This past week was momentous. The slab/foundation pour for the floor inside the church went flawless. There were over 76 trucks of cement that began pouring at 1:55 a.m. last Thursday morning. The last truck finished about 12:30 p.m. They worked the rest of the afternoon and into the early evening leveling and smoothing. A big thank you goes to our Superintendent from Ed Grush Construction, Tom Blank, for the success of this major milestone in the renovation of our church. 

Work has begun on the excavation of the new plaza. We have hit some water that is currently being pumped away. Framing begins on the Blessed Sacrament chapel and the confessionals inside the church. The cement-raised floor for the altar and the choir area will be poured this week. The planter located near the entrance to the chapel that will be used as a rain runoff basin will also be poured.

As always, thank you for your continued patience and prayers. 

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager





 March 31, 2019 (Bulletin Update)

We have passed the midway point of the project. Apart from the demolition, almost all the work has been dedicated to fixing the unstable ground issues. The last of these phases of the project should be completed over the next couple of weeks which will include the preparation work for the entrance plaza. 

I write this article on the Tuesday before the bulletin comes out. The major slab pour happens in a couple of days and hopefully will be completed without complications by the time you read this. That will mark the end of the ground work within the walls of the church. 

Another major milestone will be accomplished this coming week as the land has been excavated and prepared for the rough framing of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, so we will see actual building take place. 

As everything continues to dry out, we’re hoping the Springdale sidewalk will be fixed soon.

Once again, thank you for your patience. Thank you for driving safely while on our modified campus. Most of all, thank you for your continued prayers and support. 

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager


 Construction Week of 03.28.19



March 24, 2019 (Bulletin Update)

The contractor has been working very hard to get back on schedule despite the rain. 

Electrical conduit and under-slab plumbing are going in and will be finalized early this week. 

They have been able to make the second foundation pour and are now preparing for the last pour occurring on Thursday. The major pour will begin at 1:00 a.m. and the plan is to continue into the evening. There has been substantial root growth under the old foundation due to the many pine trees that were taken out last year. Many of them had to be manually removed in preparation for work on Thursday. 

Next week will begin the excavation of the plaza/front entrance to the church. Because of all the rains, it is anticipated that we’ll run into ground water that will once again have to be pumped out in order to dig footings. 

We are very close in completing the ground work which is the source of many of the unknown conditions. Once the foundations are completed, we should have a better understanding of a completion date. We continue to remain on budget thanks to our wonderful project manager, Steve Granich. 

Once again, please keep everyone in your prayers!

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager


 Construction Week of 03.12.19-03.18.19


March 17, 2019 (Bulletin Update)

We have finally seen a respite in the amount of rain we’re experiencing, so a lot of work has been done over the past week. You’ll notice a new fire sprinkler valve system outside on the south side of the hall that was completed last week. The dirt mound on the north side of the parish center has been removed. The dirt mound within the construction fence that has been visible as you walk to the hall should be gone by now. Excavation for the new entrance plaza should begin once the area has been cleared. 

The big news of the week is that another major milestone has been achieved. The first section of the slab flooring has been poured at the west side of the building. Footings have been dug, conduit and rough plumbing is being installed in preparation for the second pour scheduled for this week. The good news is the structural engineer, soils engineer, the superintendent and the project manager have all agreed that we will not have to pour the rest of the slab in sections. Therefore, the final slab pour is scheduled for March 28. Once this is completed, slab work will continue for the Blessed Sacrament chapel and the entrance plaza.

We are doing our best to get pictures on the website as quickly as we can. Please look under the Renovation News quick link for the work that is being done. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your continued prayers and support! 

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager


March 10, 2019 (Bulletin Update)

 Rain, rain, and more rain. The sidewalk repair requires the area be dry before it can be filled in.  We haven’t been free of rain long enough for it to dry out. The inspection has been completed and everything is prepared for the repair. Once it’s dry, it will be filled in and reopened.  Although we’ve been able to keep the rain out of the Church, the ground seepage has caused issues. The soils engineer has indicated that the ground water is at the 5 foot level, so that’s not our problem. However, as rain seeps into the upper levels of the ground, it seeks out the path of least resistance, which happens to be the footings dug on the sides of the Church. To complete the rebar, the footings must be dry, so we’ve had to pump out the water filling the slab foundation trenches. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s rain required pumping through the night so that the worksite would be ready for more rebar. As of this writing, the forecast looks clear for the coming week. Please pray it remains so.  The city required we replace the old backflow valves scattered throughout the campus. That work has been completed. The next few weeks will be focused on preparing and pouring the new slab. Please pray that the rains stop long enough for this work to be completed.


Construction Week of 03.01.19


March 3, 2019 (Bulletin Update)

Finally, there has been a week without significant rain. A lot of work has been completed given the relatively dry days. The street work for the fire hydrant and fire sprinkler lines is complete.

The excavation for the Blessed Sacrament chapel has begun. The crew is having to contend with the many roots that were left over from the pine trees, enough to where the excavated soil cannot be reused and must be replaced.

Conduit and under-slab plumbing are being laid and footings have been dug, all in preparation of the slab pour. The tops of some of the wood pilings are exposed as part of the footings dig. They have been tested and are in perfect condition. As a precautionary measure, the contractor has installed sensors that measure the slightest movement of the walls.

If there is any movement, digging would stop and the walls would have to be shored to prevent any further movement, adding substantial cost to the project. Through these tests and measurements, the walls have proven to be rock solid. Just another reason to give thanks to God!

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

Construction Weeks of 02.04.19 - 02.28.19

February 24, 2019 (Bulletin Update)

The rain continues to play havoc with our schedule. Although things continue to get worked on, the pace is just not as fast as we would like.

The work on Springdale for the fire sprinklers and fire hydrant has been completed although it won’t be repaved until the connections are made on this side of the street. The hydrant is in place. We are waiting for the last SCE inspection so that we can get the sidewalk back in use.

Soil mitigation continues as best as can be done between storms. Excavation for the Blessed Sacrament Chapel has begun, but there are a lot of roots from the six pine trees that were in that spot. The soils engineer has indicated that we will be unable to reuse that soil so we’ll have to get more to replace it.

Laying the electrical conduit and the plumbing continues, as does the slot cuts for the slab foundation work.

Thank you for your continued support, both financially and in prayer.

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

February 17, 2019 (Bulletin Update)

Once again, the latest batch of storms has impacted the project but to a lesser extent than the previous two weeks.

They’ve been able to get the dirt and gravel inside the church walls and have been working to get it all compacted. The fabric and rock mentioned in a previous update are complete.

The work on Springdale to bring over fire sprinkler water service and to install a new fire hydrant should be completed soon, along with the Springdale sidewalk.

The electrical conduits and plumbing that will be under the slab is due to begin this week and will take about 10 days to complete.

The excavation of the northwest area for the Blessed Sacrament Chapel should be completed by the end of the week if we can string a couple of rain-free days together.

The estimated completion date for the entire project has been pushed to the beginning of September, considering all the rain delays. The contractor is trying to do as much as possible between rain storms and have made a good deal of progress to keep the schedule from getting out of control.

Once again, if you have any specific questions, please use the “Contact Us” link under the Communication pull down on our website or feel free to email me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I am able. Please continue to keep the workers, the staff and all of us in your prayers.

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

February 10, 2019 (Bulletin Update)

As it was last week, so it is this week. The rain has caused more delays; however, the project manager, the soils engineer and the construction company are coming up with alternatives that will get us rolling again. One of the delays has to do with the sand that is being brought in to mix with the good soil. The sand cannot be combined with the good soil while it is wet. Rather than wait for dry sand, the agreed alternative is to use grade 2 road base. Although slightly more expensive, it offsets the cost of the crew doing nothing and gets the project going again. We’ll go back to sand as soon as it is dry.

The City is requiring us to put in an additional fire hydrant on the west side of the property. This will require some digging on Springdale. The construction company has been working with the City to get it scheduled, but with all the rain, it keeps getting delayed. Once started, it will take approximately 10 days to complete. We’re also hoping for drier conditions to get the sidewalk work completed. In the near future, we should be seeing the excavation work begin for the new Worship Chapel. All is dependent upon the much-needed rain — but enough already.

A big thank you to our Vietnamese Community whose recent fundraiser raised over $153,000 for the building fund. They presented Fr. Joe with a check last week and we are all most grateful. Thanks to everyone for your support and your continued prayers.

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

February 3, 2019 (Bulletin Update)

We have experienced more rain in the last three weeks than we experienced all year last year (and probably the year before, too!) All this rain has caused a delay in the project. There are also some drainage issues that we’ve experienced in the areas where the dirt has been removed. The plan is to fill the area with fabric (Mirafi) and rock to aid draining. Once we dry out, the area will be filled with a mixture of dirt and sand, then compacted. The slab will be poured in sections as the area is too large to be done in one pour. After the dirt and sand mixture is put in place, slot footings will be dug to prepare for the slab pours. This can’t be done until we dry out. So, with as much as we need the rain, please pray there is a pause long enough to finish the slab preparation.

The electrical work taking place on the Springdale sidewalk has been completed. After the final inspection by Edison, the sidewalk should open back up soon. With the rain, that has also been delayed.

Once again, thank you for your continued prayers!

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

Construction Week of 01.04.19 - 01.28.19

January 27, 2019 (Bulletin Update)

The storms that hit us a week and a half ago have hindered the progress for this past week as well. Although our work site has remained relatively unaffected by the rain, the outside vendors remained closed. Our soils engineer has required an additional one foot of soil be removed for conditioning; however, the dump for the bad soil has been closed. The vendor of our good soil for conditioning has also remained closed while they dry out. Once the vendors reopen, we’ll continue with soil remediation that should be completed by the end of next week.

In the meantime, much of the below-ground electrical work is being done. SCE has been out this week to inspect the work. We’re hoping that this will be completed soon and a temporary sidewalk alongside Springdale will be restored, once again allowing access to the hall/church from the street parking.

As part of the church renovation, our 40+-year-old organ is being refurbished. Among other things, we are getting a new console and the old mechanical/electrical contacts are being converted to digital. These efforts will assure that this unique and beautiful instrument will be enjoyed by the next generation. The work will cost approximately $50,000. We are about $15,000 short of that. If you have not been able to contribute to the capital campaign or building fund for whatever reason, maybe you would be able to help with donations specifically designated to restoring our organ. Any gift would help and be appreciated.

As always, thank you for your prayers and your support!

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

January 20, 2019 (Bulletin Update)

We are now a little over 1/3 through the project and we continue with the most expensive and tedious part of the construction. We are in the middle of soils mitigation and conditioning where the top few feet of soil will be taken away then more brought in and mixed with the next few feet of existing soil.

With the rain that we have been having over the previous week, work will not continue until Monday. Once resumed, it will take approximately another week to complete. At the same time, electrical work is being done at the power pole on Springdale and has tied up the sidewalk. We continue to encourage you to park away from the work to avoid the area.

After the soil conditioning has been completed and approved they will begin to prepare for the pouring of the slab. The footings and ground will be prepared, and new conduit for electrical, security, fire safety, sound, and wifi will be set. Rebar will be put into place, then they will pour in sections. The rebar will overlap in each section giving the slab additional strength.

Ed Grush, our General Contractor, has done a great job keeping the site clean, even during the rains. There are two piles of dirt that have not washed away at all during the storms. The interior of the church is as dry as it was before the storms due to our GC’s preparation. We are blessed to have such a great team working on this project. Please continue to keep all of them in your prayers.

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

January 6, 2019 (Bulletin Update)

We have received fantastic news over the holidays! The soils engineer performed the ground testing after the pressure grouting process. He has determined that the subgrade soils have improved to an acceptable level so that the secondary grouting will not be required. This saves us three or more weeks and tens of thousands of dollars. Great news for all of us!

Next comes the demolition of the old slab, then soils conditioning, then pouring of the new slab. We will keep you updated as the work continues. Christmas Masses in our humble hall went as smoothly as could be expected. Overflow Masses were held in the Duffy Center and Fr. Tim indicated that went well, too. Thanks to the Knights of Columbus for helping with parking during those two Masses. Thanks also to all of those who helped set up Duffy Center with chairs, altar, music, sacristy, etc. There is a lot of work that goes into providing the best Mass experience possible in both the Hall and Duffy, and we are very grateful to those who sacrificed their time to make it happen.

Thank you very much for your cooperation with the parking and driving on campus. We were incident-free over the holidays and it’s because of your patience and attention to safety. Please continue to pray for us and the safe completion of the renovation. Our completion date is still on target for mid-August.

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

Construction Week of 12.09.18 - 12.15.18

December 30, 2018 (Bulletin Update)

The external pressure grouting continues on the northwest corner and the eastern sides of the church. By the time you’re reading this, the pressure grout testing will have been completed and we should know if a secondary phase will be necessary. We hope that we will be able to skip phase two and move to the demolition of the current slab floor. The soils engineer is recommending the dirt under the slab be conditioned prior to the new one being poured. This will be accomplished by excavating the top 12 inches or so and mixing it with the sandy soil underneath. The process should take about 5 days and may begin the week after Christmas. Then it will be prepared for the new slab.

We had one glitch on Saturday when the power went down for the church side of the campus. A tripped breaker at the main power source for the temporary power was the cause. The electrician, the company that installed the temp power, and Edison are troubleshooting why the breaker tripped. Right now, power has been stable for the week.

Thank you for your continued prayers. On behalf of all of us at the parish center, we wish you a Happy New Year!

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

December 23, 2018 (Bulletin Update)

One of the most important parts of our renovation has been completed. The pressure grouting, both internal to the church building and external supporting the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and the entry plaza, has been finished. Testing will be conducted to determine if there will need to be one phase two or not. The old sloping slab has been torn up. The next phase is to condition the soil, a process recommended by the soils engineer. This should take a week to complete.

During this Christmas season, there will be a lot of cars and foot traffic around the parish grounds. Once again, please be mindful of your speed, be aware of pedestrians and be patient.

Thank you for your continued prayers.

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

December 16, 2018 (Bulletin Update)

The first phase of the pressure grouting should be completed by Monday and all is progressing very well. Testing will be conducted to determine if a second phase will be necessary. We should know early this week. The external pressure grouting will begin next week which will encompass the Blessed Sacrament Chapel as well as the plaza area. The demolition of the slab floor will take place during this time as well. 

The rain did not cause any delay as work continued inside the church building during the inclement weather. Gravel was brought in before the storms to make sure the entrance ramp into the church was not bogged down by a lot of mud. It was a good idea as there weren’t any issues with moving equipment in and out of the building. 

SCE has completed the main power shut off and the last wall of the sacristy has been brought down. The hall/church, parish center, and rectory are all running on temporary power and will remain in this condition until the new transformer has been installed along with all of the respective wiring. 

A quick reminder that any door in the hall with an exit sign over the threshold is considered an emergency exit. Fire code states that these exits must be clear at all times. That means there is no standing in these areas during a service and it must be free of chairs, even folded up chairs sitting against the wall. 

Thank you for your patience and prayers! We are very grateful for both.

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

Construction Week of 11.11.18 - 11.17.18

December 9, 2018 (Bulletin Update)

We continue to work on the pressure grouting into the subfloor. There are 112 holes that penetrate 20 feet into the soil and are being filled with grout mixture.

After phase one, the soils engineer will perform some testing and at that time it will be decided if a second phase will be necessary. As was explained last week, once this is completed the existing slab floor will be demolished.

We are waiting for SCE to arrive onsite to shut off the main power line that would enable us to demolish the rest of the sacristy. This may not take place until this coming week given our recent weather. Speaking of weather, gravel has been brought in to mix with the dirt that makes up the equipment ramp into the church. This will allow for quick drainage of rain puddles and keep the amount of mud to a minimum. The crucifix that was loaned to us by St. John Vianney in Hacienda Heights has not been hung up yet. We are running into some difficulties in handling the existing cross and deciding on the best way to hang the borrowed one. The mounting beam for the existing cross is longer than the cross beam of the new one. To take the mounting bracket out may damage the brick behind it. To mount the new one on top of the old one may not look right and will cause minor damage to the existing cross. We will continue to discuss options and hope to come up with a solution soon. Remember that the front of the hall is now dedicated to loading and unloading only. There is no parking on the yellow lines. Additional disabled parking spaces have been created on the east side of the parish center. Use the pedestrian walking areas whenever possible. And most important of all, when entering the church grounds, please watch your speed! Watch for pedestrians who have the right-of-way.

Also, remember to continue to pray for all those involved in this project.

We are most grateful for the support.

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

December 6, 2018

The temporary power to the Hall/Church, Rectory and the Parish Center has been completed and we have just heard word that SCE will be disconnecting the old power on December 10. Once that is completed, the rest of the last wall of the Sacristy will be demolished. That hasn't stopped the crew from performing the very important work of supporting the new floor. In a previous update it was stated that the slab would be removed prior to the pressure grouting. The soils engineer and the structural engineer along with the general contractor agreed that they would utilize the existing slab in the grouting process. There are 112 holes that have been drilled into the slab and 20 foot pipes placed down those holes. Grout is being pumped into them to form the support of the new slab. The pressure grout process will take two weeks more and may take us into Christmas week. The next steps are to remove the existing slab, then treat the soil underneath the slab with new soil. The underground electrical conduit and plumbing will be installed. This will take us into the new year.

As most of you have noticed, the parking in front of the hall has been removed and that space dedicated to loading and unloading. This was done in response to several close calls of drivers pulling out of those spaces colliding with the heavier than usual traffic coming in off of Springdale. The disabled parking spaces have been moved to the east side of the Parish Center. Part of the safety issue is caused by drivers pulling into the driveway and not reducing their speed. This creates a very dangerous situation with the number of people coming from the parking lot heading to the hall. PLEASE, watch your speed as you enter the campus and keep it slow while on campus. 5 MPH is posted, but keeping it below 10 MPH would be great.

If you have a comment or a concern, we invite you to please contact us here. (The form is at the bottom of the page.) We will get back to you as quickly as we are able.

Your prayers are recognized and appreciated! We are very grateful to those of you who continue to support the parish with your time, talent and treasure, especially during the inconveniences experienced during construction. From Fr. Joe, Fr. Martin, Fr. Tim and the entire Parish Staff, Thank You! 

December 2, 2018 (Bulletin Update)

The plan for the next two weeks is to complete the grout fill. The process began this past Monday and will continue until Friday, December 7. A number of holes have been drilled through the existing slab and 20-foot pipes are being used to pump in the material. The crew will be working 10-hour days to accomplish this most important part of our renovation.

The temporary power installation has been completed. There are a couple of more utility items that need to be bypassed in order to demolish the rest of the old Sacristy. Those should be accomplished this week.

The parking lot striping has been completed, including a load and unloading zone in front of the hall and the repositioning of the disabled parking spots from the hall to the east side of the parish center. There is also a walking area from the playground to the sidewalk on the north side of the parish center. We have received several comments about this change, but remember that it was done for safety reasons. We had several close-call accidents prior to the change. We’re confident this resolves that issue.

We have been blessed to receive a crucifix to replace the bare cross in the hall. Our architect’s parish has lent this to us for the duration of the construction. We are looking into how to dismount the current cross and hang the crucifix, so look for the change in the next couple of weeks (or sooner!)

Your prayers are recognized and appreciated! We are very grateful to those of you who continue to support the parish with your time, talent and treasure, especially at this time of inconvenience during construction. On behalf of Fr. Joe, Fr. Martin, Fr. Tim and the entire parish staff, with heartfelt gratitude, thank you!

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager


Construction Week of 10.28.18 - 11.03.18

November 25, 2018 (Bulletin Update)

The construction crew took Thursday and Friday off for their Thanksgiving break. The temporary power has been connected for the hall, the parish center, and the rectory. Most of the new external, underground conduit for power, telephone and data has been installed. They will be working on the floor over the next couple of weeks. More details on that in next week’s update. Since the south Springdale driveway is our primary entrance, there have been too many close calls when people are pulling out of the parking slots. Therefore, the parking in front of the hall has now been restriped, creating a loading/ unloading zone only. Additional wheelchair parking spaces have been added to the east side of the parish center. In addition, the crosswalks have been painted from the school and the parking lot to the hall/church. Please use these whenever possible. Remember to drive slowly on campus, watch for pedestrians, and please be patient. Please continue to keep us in prayer.

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

Construction Week of 10.21.18 - 10.27.18

November 18, 2018 (Bulletin Update)

Most of the demolition is completed. Temporary power has been connected to the parish center, the rectory, and the hall while the work on the new transformer is completed.  If all goes well with the transition, the last wall of the sacristy will be down by the time this bulletin is published. We begin this coming week with the grout and mat compaction.  After additional consulting with the structural engineer and the soils engineer, it has been decided to stick to the original plan of doing the soils work with the slab intact. The slab will be demolished after this work has been completed. Given the holiday, this will take place over the course of the next two weeks.

Some restriping of the parking lot will take place this coming week. Out of safety concerns, we will be making the front of the hall a load/unload zone only.  Additional wheelchair accessible parking spaces will be created on the east side of the parish center. Also, most importantly, we will be creating a pedestrian crosswalk from the school to the sidewalk on the north side of the parish center. Please utilize this walkway when coming to Mass. Once again, please pray for the safety of the workers and for the success of the project. Be careful when driving on campus and watch for pedestrians.

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

Construction Week of 11.04.18 - 11.10.18

November 11, 2018 (Bulletin Update)

The demolition continues on the interior and exterior of the church. We reached a milestone this past week when the new entrance was cut through the east brick wall. The altar foundation and grade beams have been removed, as has most of the lighting fixtures and old speakers. There has been a change of plans in the order of working on the floor. It has been decided to remove the large ducting to the floor vents prior to the mat material and compaction grouting. This will require the removal of the existing slab first. This work should begin mid-week. Not all work is demolition. The contractor has installed the underground conduit that will be used to run wiring connecting the parish center, church and rectory this past week. Please remember that the south Springdale driveway is an entrance only. During the week, the daytime exit is on Orlando, so follow arrows and signs that will lead to that exit. Drive slowly and carefully, paying attention to pedestrians.

Thank you for your continued prayers and your support! Please continue to pray for us and our parish!

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

Construction Week of 10.14.18 - 10.20.18

November 8, 2018

Construction did not have any impact on our Festival this year, thanks to those that spent months planning and executing the plan without any major issues. The construction company worked very well with us to accommodate our needs as did the ride company. The weather wasn't as accommodating!

There have been a couple of surprises that have slowed us a little but hasn't had a tremendous impact on the schedule. Our wonderful Project Manager, Steve Granich, is making sure all parties are keeping to the schedule and to the budget.

Demolition has been taking place since the fences went up in October. Most of the external structures are down, the internal structures and fixtures have been removed. The choir loft has been removed and supporting beams have been cut back. The crucifix is down and the corpus removed and carefully stored offsite with the other art in a climate controlled facility. The Stations of the Cross and the stained glass have been covered and protected for the duration of the construction. Confessional walls have been removed in order to build the ADA accessible doors. The old sacristy has been removed and the new entrance door has been cut out from the former sanctuary brick. We are currently waiting for SCE to transfer the rectory, parish center and hall to temporary power while the new transformer is installed. It is scheduled for next week. At that time the last wall of the old sacristy will be removed. The demolition of the floor slab will begin next week and is planned to take two weeks. Once complete, the ducting to the floor vents will be removed and the compaction grouting has begun.

As always, please keep everyone involved with this project in your prayers!

You can view regular updates with weekly renovation photos on Instagram and Facebook or view the slideshow below:

Construction Week of 10.07.18-10.13.2018 - Sacristry Demo



November 4, 2018 (Bulletin Update)

Things are going smoothly this week. The Crucifix is down. The Corpus has been packed up and is stored for the duration. The sacristy has been totally demolished and by this publishing, the entrance will have been cut away. There are a few extra items to be demolished before the pressure grouting and compaction will occur.

Currently, the floor work is scheduled for the next two weeks. Please be careful when driving on campus. Drive much slower than you're used to and watch for pedestrians. The general flow for visitors is to enter the south entrance on Springdale. To exit, follow the signs to the northeast exit onto Orlando.

School parents have been notified of the new procedure to drop off and pick up students. Please continue to pray for us and our parish!

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

October 28, 2018 (Bulletin Update)

As will be the case throughout the demolition part of the project, when we see unexpected conditions we will deal with them as we go. Minor asbestos has been discovered in some of the covered walls.  It has been mitigated and removed but has added a few days to the expected completion date. The altar platform has been removed and we’ve discovered a cement foundation below where the altar was.  The foundation was surrounded by dirt that is now approximately three feet below it. We are anxiously awaiting the demolition of the floor to find out the impact of the sinking there. The choir loft is almost completely down. The Stations of the Cross has been covered and protected for the duration of construction. We are bringing in specialists to bring down the corpus and cross in order to protect them from any damage. As previously discussed, we will be storing the corpus in a climate controlled storage facility while the cross is reworked for the new altar.

Once again, please keep us all in your prayers!

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

October 21, 2018 (Bulletin Update)

Demolition continues. We have hit a minor roadblock or two over the past two weeks, but progress is being made. The sacristy has been razed as has some of the sidewalks on the south side of the church. Soon, the opening will be constructed to bring in equipment to begin demolition on the floor. The cross will be coming down and the corpus placed in protective storage while the cross will be sent to cabinet makers for its incorporation into the sanctuary.

The south construction fence has been moved toward the church at the request of the Huntington Beach Fire Department. That will allow us full entrance access to the property from the south Springdale driveway. Please be extra careful when entering as we will be sharing it with the construction crew. Please follow signs and the directions of staff to maneuver in the parking lot while school is in session. Also, please be aware of your speed! We need to keep things safe for everyone.

Again, please keep the construction crew, staff, and all our parishioners in your prayers.

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

October 14, 2018 (Bulletin Update)

Demolition has begun. The contractor has set their fences and will begin taking down the old sacristy and removing the sloping floor. With the pews and the carpet out, the slope was very obvious. We’ll know much more about the extent of the soil erosion once the floor is removed.  It has been a challenge keeping to the construction schedule and putting on the festival, but I think

both have been successful. With the construction fence up, it will narrow the Springdale driveways. The south entrance (closest to Heil) will be used for an entrance only, which has been the case for the last couple of years. Eventually, the parking in front of the hall will go away and it will become a drop off point only. Please be careful, drive slowly while on campus, and be patient!

During the week, daily visitors will be able to enter the south Springdale driveway but will have to exit onto Orlando.  Please follow the cones, signs and directions from the staff to ensure a safe site for students, parishioners, and visitors. You can view pictures and updates in several places including  Facebook, Twitter, and our Website under “Renovation News.” 

Please continue to pray for the success of this project!

—Pat Powers, Pastoral Manager

October 7, 2018 (Bulletin Update)

Our renovation is officially underway. The contractor has taken possession of the church and they are preparing for the demolition of the sacristy and church floor. Boards are in place to protect the stained glass windows throughout the building. By the time this bulletin is published, they should have placed the construction fences around the work site as well as another fence isolating the church building itself.

The Springdale side entrances and exits will be very restricted, especially during demolition.  More information on that will be available next week. The School is preparing for the new student drop-off and pick-up procedures to accommodate the construction fences. New exit routes will be in place for daytime visitors. Please be careful, watch your speed (5 MPH while on campus), be mindful of pedestrians, and most importantly, please be patient. Once again, please keep us, the construction workers, and this project in your prayers!

October 3, 2018

Our renovation is officially underway. The contractor has taken possession of the Church and they are preparing for the demolition of the sacristy and the Church floor. Boards are in place to protect the stained-glass windows throughout the building. The pews have been removed and the old wood paneling has been removed. The construction fences will be installed on Thursday, October 4 and will be completed on Friday, October 5. There will be some accommodation made to allow for the festival rides in the regular places.

The Springdale side entrances and exits will be very restrictive, especially during demolition. More information on that will be available next week. The School is preparing for the new student drop-off and pick-up procedures to accommodate for the construction fences. New exit routes will be in place for daytime visitors. Please be careful, watch your speed (5 MPH while on campus), be mindful of pedestrians, and most importantly, please be patient.

We will be posting updates much more frequently now that the work has actually begun. We are also setting up a picture folder where you will be able to see the progress as we go.

Once again, please keep us, the construction workers, and this project in your prayers!

You can view regular updates with weekly renovation photos on Instagram and Facebook or view the slideshow below:

Construction Week of 09.30.18 - 10.06.18



August 31, 2018

We are getting very close in actually beginning work on the renovation project. Bids were opened and potential contractors interviewed. Working with our Project Manager, Steve Granich, we have several viable contractors that are being considered. A few questions need to be answered by each of them and awarding of the contract should happen by the end of next week or beginning of the week after. We're looking forward to announcing who that contractor will be and giving everyone a firm start date.

Anticipating the beginning of construction, work continues to remove everything out of the church. We have our storage bins in place and ready to be loaded. Statues, sanctuary furniture and artwork are scheduled to be packed and removed to the climate-controlled facility on September 6th. The organ will be dismantled beginning September 4th and completed by the 7th. The choir loft will be emptied in the next week. The Hall Conference room will be transformed into our worship chapel on September 10th. Wall fans for the Hall will be delivered sometime next week and will be installed as soon as can be scheduled.

A lot is going on, and we could use some help - especially with removing the music from the choir loft and packing up hymnals in the church. If you are interested in helping with that, please contact Patrick Powers at (714) 846-3359 x 495 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please keep everyone working on this project in your prayers. Please, also pray for the successful completion of the project!

August 20, 2018

 It has been a while since the last web update as we experienced a stalemate between a couple of the tradesmen. Due to that delay, the Diocese has assigned a new project manager that has done spectacular work in getting everyone to work together, holding each accountable for work that was due. He has been able to accomplish quite a bit of work in the last two weeks including finalizing drawings enough so that bid documents have been drawn and issued to the contractors bidding on the project. Project bids are due to the Diocese Construction office on August 24th. Fr. Joe, the Diocese team, and a few parishioners on the building committee will meet to evaluate them. We're hoping to award the contract two weeks after the bids have been opened.

In the meantime, the transfer logistics team has been meeting weekly and working diligently in putting plans together for the stripping of the church and transferring items to the Hall. Items not being used will be evaluated as to whether or not they will be used in the new church. Items designated as "not needed" will be made available for donation or will be trashed. Items designated as "needed" will be stored for the duration. Precious items will be professionally packed and stored in a climate controlled storage facility. The other items will be stored locally on site. 

If you haven't noticed, the St. Bonaventure statue that was located on the north side of the church (between the rectory and the church) and the St. Francis statue located on the opposite side of the church have both been temporarily moved to the courtyard of the parish center. Both are visible from the parking lot to the east of the center. They will be relocated after construction.

Work continues on the Hall Conference room in preparation of housing the tabernacle. It will be made into a "permanent" worship chapel during construction. Work also continues on the Hall preparing it to be our new liturgical gathering spot for both daily and weekend Masses. 

May 11, 2018

As you can see, the first step in getting the project started has been completed. The trees surrounding the church and in the western planter in front of the church have been removed. It sure has brightened the inside of the Church during the day.

In preparation of the Hall to become our worship space during construction, the broken/malfunctioning windows will be replaced, the ceiling tiles will be secured and missing tiles replaced, and burnt out light tubes will be replaced. The Hall conference room will be re-purposed as a secure dedicated worship space containing the tabernacle allowing for a quiet place to spend time with Our Lord.

The landscape drawings and civil drawings have been completed but we have encountered a delay in completing the structural detailed drawings. The architect continues to work with the structural engineer in completing the necessary detailed drawings. Bid documents will not be created until this is completed. We won't have a firm construction start date until a General Contractor has been chosen. That will happen as soon as drawings are completed to the satisfaction of the architect, the project manager and the city (who has already given approval of the project,) and bid documents have been provided to the contractors. We are to give the contractors a few weeks to come back with their bids; then one will be chosen. 

April 6, 2018

We are getting close to drafting bid documents for the number of general contractors who are interested in bidding on our renovation. We are currently waiting for the completion of the landscaping architectural drawings, drawings of the ADA required driveways off of Springdale, and more detailed mechanical drawings that the contractors will require for an accurate bid.

The project manager for the renovation has indicated that documents will be submitted to the interested contractors the week of April 23rd. He is indicating that we are still on target for an end of June/ beginning of July start date.

February 26, 2018

 We have some exciting news! We have completed the first plan check with the city and our architect is completing the required changes to our detailed drawings. None of the required changes had a significant impact on cost. When completed, plans are resubmitted to the city for final plan check and approval. We hope we have resolved a FEMA permit issue. We should know definitively in the next week or two, but everything points to a positive resolution.

Once we have completed the final plan check, documents are drawn, opening the bidding process with general contractors. Bids are submitted and reviewed by the parish and the diocese and a contractor will be chosen for the project. It is at that time that we'll get a solid idea of a construction start date. We are still hopeful we will be able to start in April.

The project cost remains at $7.9M and we have committed to the Diocese that it will not be more than that. That figure is inclusive of approximately 20% in unforeseen contingencies that both the estimator and the Diocese has built into the estimate. There is currently over $4M in the bank and considering the outstanding pledges and the architecture/project management costs already paid, we will need to only draw $1.4M of the guaranteed Diocese $2M loan. Any additional pledge or gift will have a direct impact on what we'll have to borrow to complete the renovation.

Thank you to each and every one who has made a pledge through the capital campaign or has contributed a gift to the building fund. Your sacrifice to enhance the worship experience at St. Bonaventure will be a blessing for now and generations to come. For those of you who have yet to financially participate, it's never too late. Please know that paying back a $1.4M loan will be a struggle for the parish. The less we have to borrow, the better financial health we'll be in.

Thank you again for your support and for your continued prayers for the success of this important renovation. 

February 19, 2018

It is with a  heavy heart that we must announce that our beloved pine trees will need to be removed in preparation of the renovation work. We will begin removal over the next few weeks. The architect has been working with our landscaping company to develop a better plant and tree design that will not only enhance the beauty of our Church but also will be drought resistant. 

February 12, 2018

When we move out of the Church during the renovation, we will be having services in the Hall each weekend. As part of the move, we will be having services in the Hall each weekend. As part of the move, we will be evaluating everything that is currently stored in the Church for one of three dispositions:

  1. Move over to the Hall to be used for services.
  2. Store for future use in the renovated Church.
  3. Donate or dispose of material that will not be used in the future.

If you are a ministry leader and are responsible for material stored in the church, please contact Patrick Powers at x 495 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'll need to know what you are responsible for and the suggested disposition.