I was blessed to have a skillful team of workers (carpenters, painters, plasterers, floor layers, etc) who flawlessly executed the architectural plans.
BY CHRISTMAS EVE 2011 THE SANCTUARY WAS 95 PER CENT COMPLETEas the stained glass window above the altar as well as the new statues for the sanctuary niches were not yet ready.
Midnight mass, December 24, 2011 saw the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered on a new, ad orientem altar which incorporated the mensa of the original altar remnants.
The financing of this enormous project was nothing short of miraculous — a project that lasted over (and continues!) many years.
The bulk of the monies came from outside sources but parishioners made donations and contributed to occasional second collections. You can donate to their building restoration on their website here
This labor of many years of beautifying this house of God on the corner of 20th Street and Pasadena Avenue in the heart of Long Beach continues.
They are very grateful to the Lord that this now very beautiful and always historic church was not sold to the City of Long Beach.
Today Holy Innocents has an active pro-life apostolate.
I should note that it has been several years since I’ve seen drugs being sold openly in the vicinity of the parish church. I am convinced that this is in part attributable to the fairly dramatic spiritual and physical renewal that Holy Innocents has undergone over the last 8 years.
Before, the church was closed most of the week. Now, the church is open every day and there are many Masses and confessions. In my experience as a priest I have found that when a parish’s Sacramental life becomes more intense there is a positive ripple effect in the community.
This article was originally published in
Regina Magazine and is reprinted here with kind permission.