Poor Catholic Parish in Santa Ana Reduced to Hanging a Banner Outside Its Church to Beg for New Air Conditioning

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Early next month, the Catholic Diocese of Orange will officially pass the baton from current bishop Tod D. Brown to the incoming guy, Kevin W. Vann. Once Brownie leaves, expect the MSM to paint hosannas of the guy--mentioning the sex-abuse scandal, sure, but His Excellency bought the Crystal Cathedral, so that makes his legacy peachy-keen, right?

Of course not. Those of us who actually pay attention to the Orange diocese knows that Brown's legacy will be as hollow as his skull. On the outside, OC's Catholic community seems strong--bigger numbers, capital campaigns to build new buildings, a new bishop. But in reality, the diocese's poorer parishes are scraping for cashing, which has led to this: St. Anne Church in SanTana has been reduced to hanging a banner outside its parish begging for a new air-conditioning system.

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Can't even spell right, for chrissakes...

St. Anne is one of the poorer parishes in the Orange diocese--though located in the middle-class Wilshire Square neighborhood, almost all of it congregants are immigrant Mexicans. The banner went up about two weeks ago, to coincide with the parish's annual festival to raise funds. Meanwhile, Bishop Vann will be privy to two multimillion-dollar homes in which he can live, in addition to all the other nice houses the Orange diocese owns. And? Parishioners will be asked next year by Orange diocese officials to contribute to a fund that would remodel the Crystal Cathedral.

Think some rich Catholic, or the Orange diocese itself, might step in and save the poor parish? Is Tod Brown an honest man? Heckuva job, Brownie!

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Concerned
Concerned

Although its been over a year since the fundraising efforts began at St. Anne's for an HVAC system, the parish has yet to take measures to begin installation efforts. The parish mentioned having raised $109K through its parishioners generous donations, yet recently confirmed that an HVAC system will no longer be installed or pursued. What happened to the money raised? An explanation has yet to be provided to its parishioners.

moonbandito
moonbandito

Most parishes have been hit by the recession. While it is true that the 'crystal cathedral' is cheaper than building a new building, the diocese isn't 'flush with cash' and will have to cut some things to come up with the cash or loan for the cathedral. The poor will always be with us, and they will sweat - perhaps Chris Cox of Newport Beach could be asked to donate enough to air condition St. Anne's? As well as being a chruch going Catholic, Chris was head of the Securities and Exchange Commission during the financial collapse, and might know where to get the cash to cool the congregation.

saricher
saricher

Wow.  I am surprised that Brown is not screaming at the pastor to take it down.  St. Joseph's is also hurting.  When the old pastor left to become the Vocational Director, one of the first things the new administrator did was let the parish know how much in debt ($200,00k +) the parish was.  People were shocked that they had not been told but the good news is, they are now pitching in.  However, unless there is a significant turnaround, parishes like St. Anne and St, Joseph may find chain link around their churches as the diocese sells off assets.  I am sure Vann will give these parishes time to hopefully recover, but not forever.  My best wishes go out to the parishioners of St. Anne - good luck!

cynthia241
cynthia241

Is St. Anne's holding a fundraiser we can contribute to, or do we just send checks? If they are doing an event, even those of us short on cash can bring baked goods or volunteer time or talent and help in our own way. Gustavo can you please do a follow up with them and find out specifically what can be done? When we wait for others to fix what is broken, or simply bitch about what is broken, it will remain broken. We need to find ways to fix it ourselves, and that includes bitching about things in ways that resolve the problems. Thanks for making us aware of a need, one that the Catholic elitists are unlikely to fix. Now please make us aware of how we might help.

jasongarneryoung
jasongarneryoung

While the poor go hungry the Catholics spend millions on settling sex abuse scandals and purchasing opulent properties.

mattcolbert33
mattcolbert33

lazy little bitch aren't ya gustavo...1 article all week...ya hidin'... FRIJOLERO

mattcolbert33
mattcolbert33

but i'm sure you can't understand what wrote...ranchero

mattcolbert33
mattcolbert33

gabachos mis guevos son gueros, pinche rasita, culero este gabacho te va ensenar tu idioma con educacion

yeah_me123
yeah_me123

I wish I had the money to give them even tho I have not been Catholic for decades.  In my 20's, when I needed help, I went to 2 churches (in more wealthy neighborhoods) where I had attended school and where 2 generations of my family had attended mass weekly.  They turned me away.  St. Anne's rector helped me and I will never forget it.  Blessings.

 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

"Meanwhile, Bishop Vann will be privy to two multimillion-dollar homes in which he can live, "

 

No, no, no. One is 'privy to' secrets or other information. He will 'have the use of ' two multi-million dollar homes.

HenryGattis
HenryGattis

 @saricher

 It had to hurt, when the Former Pastor, whose Sister is now the mayor of Orange, left and along with it took the roughly $100K they reaped from the ORANGE street festival each year.

 

Yeah pretty strange inner city Santa Ana parishiners working one of the FEW coveted booze booths (Margarita's) at the Labor Day street fair. I would have thought that the City Of Orange would have insisted that civic organizations in ORANGE got the booth.

 

In defense, Like the Simon's the Smith's were a great Orange family for years and contributed handsomely to the city.

 

Oh, Did I mention Fr. Smith is now the Rector of Chist Cathedral?

 

St. Anne's deserves the help.

 

Maybe everyone who claim to hate me and think I am Art Pedroza could contribute.

 

They could get an HVAC and perhaps a new chapel....

 

Dr. Lomeli, Tardif, Dan......are you listening??????

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

 @Mitchell_Young 

 

You don't think there are secrets in those multimillion dollar homes?

 

;)

saricher
saricher

 @HenryGattis I worked the OISF when I was at St. Joseph's.  No, the booth did not bring in near that amount of money.  Fr. Smith left St. Joseph's in 2005.  

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