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Bishop cuts ribbon

Our Lady of Perpetual Help opens its new pastoral center

Posted: August 25, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 25, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church member Joanne Redmond, center, Monsignor Richard Martini, left, and Bishop Gerald Wilkerson, right, cut the ribbon of the new pastoral center in Newhall on Friday.

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Prayers, songs and green and blue balloons kicked off Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the newly renovated pastoral center on Lyons Avenue in Newhall.

The renovation is the first step in a grand plan to restore and expand OLPH along Lyons Avenue and Arcadia Street.

“It’s made Lyons Avenue so much more beautiful,” Santa Clarita Mayor Frank Ferry said at the dedication. “We spent $9 million down the street on a new library to make sure we could keep up with Monsignor Martini,” he joked of the soon-to-open Newhall Library.

“Our master plan is to enhance the Lyons corridor,” said Monsignor Richard Martini.

In fall, the Roman Catholic church plans to begin converting properties on Arcadia Street into a parking lot expected to be finished in March 2013.

Fundraising for a new church on Lyons Avenue will begin in January 2013, and the old church will become a parish hall as OLPH continues to renovate its older buildings.

The $1.4 million pastoral center was constructed by Santa Clarita contracting firm AMG & Associates and funded by “the generosity of our parishioners,” Martini said.

Parishioner donations will fund the $1.5 million parking lot project, as well as future projects, and contracting for the parking lot will be out to bid in September 2012.

“We are extremely proud and humble that we were chosen,” said Albert Giacomazzi, CEO of AMG & Associates, just before he handed Martini the keys to the building.

The opening ceremony was attended by the clergy staff, AMG representatives, civic and community leaders, OLPH Elementary School students and parishioners.

“This is a community that gives back and looks out for each other, and I think the religious institutions are at the base of that,” said Dave Perry, representing Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for the event.

“You have held onto that dream,” Martini said of the master plan. “You have seen a piece of that dream become real. Thank you for continuing to believe.”


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