Phase III: Holy Name of Mary Parish
“The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds.
... And you have to start from the ground up.
- Pope Francis
A dynamic, caring and open Catholic community, Holy Name of Mary Parish has always followed Pope Francis’ vision. In the late 90s, the parish knew it had to do more to meet the future needs of its people. While facilities don’t make the parish, leadership knew that buildings of the 50s and 60s would impede evangelization and ministry in a new century.
Plans for a new, larger church were developed and a
campaign was launched in 1998 and dedicated in 2004.
Over 1,100 parishioners provided over $10 million to build the 1,200-seat worship space. In 2015, the Hall for All was realized after a campaign brought support from almost 1,000 parishioners. Cosmetic changes were made to the exteriors of the school buildings to link them to the church and hall. Our parish growth has been phenomenal.
As a new decade approaches, HNM must complete the master plan begun twenty years ago. Phase III calls for a multi-functional and inter-generational center serving those from early childhood to seniors.
Holy Name of Mary Parish Tomorrow
Under the leadership of Fr. Rich Danyluk SS.CC., Fr. Chris Santangelo, SS.CC. and the dedicated Sacred Hearts community, HNM continues to grow as a welcoming, evangelizing community, meeting the needs of its people as well as the larger community.
The mission statement for HNM drives its 97 ministries and organizations. HNM is a young parish, attracting families from 25 communities. Meaningful worship and sacramental preparation are central. The foothill communities are aging and the parish seeks to provide spiritual, communal and health outreach. Christian charity is provided to the community through our expanding and growing St. Vincent de Paul and other ministries. Through the Phase III of the campus development, a new ministry and education building to be built on the softball field and adjoining space:
A more efficient, modern facility for grades 1 through 8 plus kindergarten and early
childhood education. HNM eighth graders are prized by area high schools as being among the best prepared and socially grounded applicants they see. The school is financially strong and at capacity, enjoying a long waiting list.
HNM wants to celebrate the lives of our young people post confirmation. This includes new responsibility for the growing Catholic student community at University of La Verne. More programming is anticipated.
Increased Parking Capacity
As the current school buildings are changed, parking will increase by up to 50 more much-needed spaces.
Early Childhood programs are in high demand, and are a key part of our ministry and the School’s growth. The new plan will feature four-year-old and two three-year-old classrooms that will be
structured to offer more hands-on learning. Enhanced green space will provide more play areas that are safe and secure.
New ministries are forming around helping parents, single parents, and/or grandparents to thoughtfully raise their children and prepare them for fulfilling Christian lives, confronting challenging times.
Completion of the ministry and education building will prepare the parish for the next 40 to 50 years, completing the dream to modernize and increase capacity to minister and serve.
The number of elementary and middle school children in sacramental preparation is over 300 and continues to grow as new families join the parish. The parish school space will serve multiple
ministries, children and their dedicated instructors.
HNM has a growing population of seniors as the foothill communities age. The Amazing Greys ministry serves social and spiritual needs of our parish seniors.
HNM does not ask questions when people need help. Some come seeking spiritual help, knowing ours is a caring parish. Others need more temporal help with food or emergency funds at the on-site St Vincent de Paul Center.