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ONCE A FANTASY, NOW A REALITY

Following the completion of this much-awaited project, despues de la misa espanol (el Septiembre pasado) a married couple leaving the church me pregunto, Padre, se mira triste (you look sad)...Por que tan triste? (Why so sad?) Usted debe estar orgulloso (You must be proud)...Yo les digo, aun no se paga (it's not yet paid) y no se donde conseguir el dinero (and I don't know where to get the money - a bit of a stretch)...When I let the word out, donations poured in and praise as well...it was extraordinarily moving...my heart melted...A bucket of coins from years of safekeeping hauled to the office to cover any difference...checks came in the mail...some hand- delivered, special collections overflowed, even first-time visitors touched by the struggles of this little-known- humble-often-found-by-mistake-community in old-town Marana and obviously, never heard of it chipped in and vowed to support us. A long-time parishioner remaining in complete anonymity pledged to match $ to $ for up to (amount withheld) - a small number by comparison to well-to-do parishes. By God, the delight of realized fantasy was beyond words...

We are ever grateful to the Catholic Foundation's generous grants (amounting to half of the total cost) and the professional assistance provided by the diocesan building committee without which such a milestone would have been nearly impossible to accomplish.

In my parish (and perhaps elsewhere), anything you do involves risk. Success is never guaranteed. You have to be persistent in begging and unrelenting in search of funding. What we do isn't measured by the numbers raised. Participation is the barometer of community living. This is what we are essentially aiming for or what we have incredibly envisioned in the last few years. Are we there yet? We have a long way to go (not even close) but this is an encouraging start. If faith is a bold step towards an un-chartered course, then my parish is trekking it. We stormed heavens and interceded to Saints sanctioned to deal with parishes in desperate situations. I won't be surprised at all if St Christopher is placed on waiting list in the next life for asking too much. Amen.

NOW...

Parking Lot Now

 

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THEN

Parking Lot Flooded

 

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