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ALL SOULS PARISH ….. THEN ~ TODAY ~ TOMORROW
The legacy of All Souls Parish began over one hundred years ago on the corner of California and Linden Avenue. The original church building cost $3,500. The land was donated and the church had a capacity of 200 people.
As the needs of the Catholic community in South San Francisco grew, the Miller and Walnut Avenue site was selected for a new larger church. In 1916 the new Church and Rectory were built at a cost of $26,000.
The History of All Souls Church records that In 1945, the idea to have a school at All Souls Parish began to take shape and form. Several parishioners felt there was a need for a Catholic elementary school. Soon, the entire parish was involved in fund raising.
ALL SOULS SCHOOL
Construction began in spring of 1948. In the meantime, the pastor contacted the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters in Los Angeles and they were contracted to teach at All Souls schools. When the school opened on Tuesday, September 6, 1949 with 250 students in Grades K-4, there were five HIM teachers. Mother Superior and four other nuns were the first faculty. In that first month, the dedication of the school was held on September 28, 1949 with Archbishop John J Mitty officiating. In each successive year more teaching nuns joined the ever growing faculty until the school reached its capacity through Eighth Grade.
In 1949 All Souls School together with the convent was completed and opened to its first students. These buildings were constructed with a $400,000 price tag.
ALL SOULS CHURCH - THE NEW CHURCH
On April 22, 1964, a devastating fire engulfed the church and burned it down. This fire took a toll on many parishioners' lives. However, being a resilient people of All Souls, they collected their 'broken pieces of their shattered dreams' and began to work together with their Pastor, Rev. Msgr. E. A. Gallagher to build a new Church.
Following the fire, in 1965, plans were drawn up for a million-dollar complex to include the new Church, hall, rectory and convent. Roger Ranuio Architects and consulting Engineers Buonaccorsi Associates were hired for this ambitious project. The ground breaking ceremony took place on December 18, 1965. On March 24, 1968 the Church was opened for services. Archbishop Joseph M. Mcgucken formally blessed the present Church on February 16, 1969.
With its formal blessing in 1969, these buildings along with the school form the present All Souls Parish Facility.
In 1974, the last of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart fo Mary (IHM) left after many years of dedicated service to the School and the Parish fo All Souls in South San Francisco, CA. There was a change to a complete lay faculty which has continued to the present day.
In all these years, All Souls School has given an outstanding academic and religious education to its young children and up until 1991 when he current form of CCD program was initiated, also tended to the religious education of public schools students.
In 2009, All Souls School marked its 60th anniversary of dedication in service to the religious and the academic needs of the young people of All Souls Parish in South San Francisco.
ALL SOULS PARISH ..... A LEGACY ... THROUGH THE YEARS
All Souls Parish has been the religious center for thousands of South San Francisco Catholic families since 1898. Today the parish is the second largest in the Archdiocese of San Francisco when it comes to Sunday Mass attendance.
Annually, on an average, All Souls Parish witnesses and administers about 150 baptisms, celebrates about 25 weddings, supports 200 young people receiving their First Holy Communion, prepares about 100 young men and women to receive the sacrament of Confirmation and offers between 60 and 80 funeral services.
The All Souls School continues to offer the best possible Catholic education to its students and has received national acclaim. The School has become an icon of education for the third generation of students: Grand parents who once sat in the same classrooms as students, having graduated, sent in later their own children to All Souls School, who in turn have now their own little ones advance in persuit of Catholic Education and excellence through the same class rooms. This gives us all stake holders, a sense of joy and pride in our Alma Mater.
In the year 2009, the Accrediting Commission for Schools and the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC/WCEA) granted All Souls Catholic School a full and unconditional six-year term of accreditation, expiring on June 30, 2015.
The School has embarked upon the reconfiguration of the Junior High program, Integration of technology into curriculum with computers, Smart Boards etc, developing a reading resource program etc. We congratulate the Principal, Staff, teachers and the students for achieving and imparting such a high quality of instruction in the school. Please check out the School website: www.ssfallsoulsschool.org.
The Religious Education (CCD) program is filled to capacity and the various parish ministries serve the needs of our diverse congregation. The School Cafeteria is the most frequently used facility for young and old alike in the city.
Over the years, the Parish has grown by leaps and bounds and so the work and services. Given the great number of activities, All Souls is truly a twenty-four/seven parish. With all this use, comes the natural wear and tear on the buildings. Reflecting on all these factors we discern it is time we evaluated our facilities from the point of view of its physical health and welfare in conformity with the demands put on them. It is imperative that we maintain these building facilities in good and safe conditions in order to serve our community. To that end, the many maintenance projects needed to be undertaken have been spelled out for all the parishioners.
Now it is our Time to: CELEBRATE THE PAST AND EMBRACE THE FUTURE
We have a beautifully crafted magnificent House of Prayer: Our place of worship is stellar which just lends itself drawing us in prayer and reflection. The engineering envisions a blend of eternal dance of circles adoring the Cross of Jesus Christ. The stained glass windows calls one to enter into a mystical ambiance of God's wonderful creation of the four elements of nature: Earth, Water, Wind and Fire, from whence God breathed his breath of life and brought us to be.
People visiting this Church often remark on the aesthetics of our Church. The signs of the times and the profound awareness of our Baptismal re-birth invites us to reminisce our presentation to the Lord and his temple: cleansed, annointed and consecrated to the Lord.
Undoubtedly, it is a heritage handed down to us and we sure need to preserve its integrity, grow rich in it even in these secular and tough economic times of today, and pass it lovingly along to our younger generation faithfully.
Therefore, we urge you to please do not forget our commitment to maintain this legacy. Let us grow proud and uphold its integrity with loving devotion.
FIXING GOD'S HOUSE
It is our hope that the “Fixing God’s House” Campaign will allow the work to be done. It is necessary work. We the owners of our parish, bear the responsibility on our shoulders to provide the financial support to keep our facility in working order for the next generation.
Financial Support And Donations
Our Campaign goal is to raise two million dollars in order to fix and maintain our Parish Plant. Labor, materials and cost keep rising everyday. We appeal therefore to everyone who comes to worship here in this Church to consider helping towards this endeavor in whatever way possible: We are the stake holders in this. This is our Stewardship.
Stewardship Is Time, Talent and Treasure:
God has endowed us with so much Time,
gifted us with talents and entrusted to our care a Treasure:
In response to God's generosity to us, we could begin to discern what could we give back to God and His people, our Community of Faith: Could it be in the field of maintenance, mechanical, electrical, carpentery, wood work, machinery, HVAC, plumbing, hardware, painting, restoration, etc.,
whatever gift you can make towards this noble cause will always be appreciated. It is only when we give, that we receive: God blesses a generous giver!
- One may financialy support this work by donating in their own names, a one time donation or one lump sum amount, or make pledges for a period of time of one's choosing, to continously keep supporting this on-going long venture or donate as and when one generously can, or when once's finances and resources allow one to do so.
- People may also give donations in honor of someone they want to acknowledge or in memory of someone who has passed on in this life.
The Stewardship committee attempts to inform the families in whose honor or memory these donations have been received.
- As a matter of general practise, all donations received for this purpose, are posted in our Parish Books as "Restricted Income" (reserved only to pay for the cost of the "Fixing God's House Projects" (those listed on this page and in the attachments below).
- All donations are acknowledged to the donors.
- Our Parishioners who are registered in our Parish and use the Parish Envelopes, receive a personal letter of thanks from the Pastor enumerating this donation together with various other donations they give throughout a fiscal year. This letter is sent annually with a statement of contributions by the middle of January every year, so that these donations can be used for tax purposes.
A Financial Statement of accounts is published annually and presented to the Parish of All Souls via the Parish Sunday Bulletin. Please check the most recent up to date Financial Report publishedin the Parish Bulletin dated September 09, 2012.
We can truly take pride in what we have accomplished so far in so many endeavors. Being sensitive to our planet and supporting Green Technology, we have:
- Installed a new Roof on our Church(green technology) in the year 2006. The Consulting Engineer and supervisor: The Hirsch Consulting Group. Contractor: Blue 's Roofing Company of San Jose., CA. Cost: $ 385,200.53.
- Repaired and Sealed Church Cupola windows in the year 2006: The contractor was Blue 's Roofing Company of San Jose., CA. Cost: $ 14,462.00.
- Installed a brand new Heating System (four Furnaces) in our Church in the year 2007. Contractor: LIVCO Heating & Sheet Metal, Inc., San Francisco, CA. Cost: $ 30,680.00.
- Installed a brand new Heating System (four furnaces) in our Parish Hall in the year 2005. Contractor: LIVCO Heating & Sheet Metal, Inc., San Francisco, CA. Cost: $ 13,549.00.
- Installed a brand new Sound System in our Church in the year 2008. Contractor was Radley Hirsch of 'San Francisco Audio', San Francisco, CA. Cost: $ 21,545.50.
- Installed Two brand new High Pressure Assist "C" class (American Industrial) toilets in the two restrooms of our Church and installed two energy efficient Air Blowers-Hand Driers in the year 2009: Material Cost 1,190.00.
- Installed "Trenchless Sewer lines" in order to "Fix the Sewer System" in the Church Property, servicing the Church, Parish Hall, Parish Office, Rectory, School and Convent buildings in the year 2009. Contractor: Smelly Mel's Plumbing, Inc., of South San Francisco, CA. Cost: $ 37,695.00.
- Installed a brand new "Ray Pak" Boiler Unit Heating System in the School building to serve the heating needs in the Class rooms and the Cafeteria in the year 2009. Contractor: Priubus Engineering, South San Francisco, CA. Cost: $ 78,022.00.
- Triming & Pruning over grown trees around the Church, Convent, Parish office and Rectory buildings and on the Parish Property. Cutting down two trees (developing into possible liability and hazzard issues) presently growing dangerously in the harm's way. Contractor: 'Davey'. Cost: $ 7,000.00.
- Completed the Spall/Concrete Repairs on the Exterior Wall of the Church, in the year 2010. Installed a Clear Sealer (Dow Corning Silicone) and Clear Dryvitt Top Coat Sealant Application (Protectosil Chem-Trete BSM 400) in order to protect the Walls from outside moisture and preserve the building for many more years to come. Consulting Engineer and supervisor was Steven Granieri, So.S.F.,. Contractor was Ted Mayer of CAWC Water Proofing & Restoration, Burlingame. Cost: $ 100,444.00.
- Remodelled and designed a modest kitchen in the Parish Hall with cabinets, granite top, brand new stove and Owen and tiled floor in the year 2010. Cost $11,358.19.
- Completed the work of Restoration of the Exterior Steel Frames of the Big Stained Glass Windows outside the Baptistery of the Church. The replacement of the original fastening plates that were rusted and disintegrated. This process involved Anti-Rust Treatment and painting of the frames to match the spall and the windows of the Church. Anti Rust Treatment and Painting of the Railings on the Stairs of the Entrances to the Church to match the spall and the windows of the Church. Manuel Contreras completed the work. Cost $ 4,000.00.
- Repairs, re-enforcement and maintenance of the Church Four Steel (copper sheet-metal panelled) Door jams and hinges for Exterior Doors of the Church. Cost: $ 1,400.00.
- The interior painting of the Church acoustic ceiling, the confessionals, sacristies, back stair wells and the restrooms undertaken at the cost of $ 56,000.00. Contractors: 'Y.K. Scaffold Company', San Francisco, CA, and 'De Martini/Arnott Painting Company, Inc.,' Burlingame, CA. Manuel Contreras coordinated and supervised this project.
- Brand new roof on the Parish Office-Rectory Building was completed at the cost of $ 34,077.00. The Contractor for the job was Mr. Roofing Inc., Carlos Rodrigues.
- Brand new three Halide 400 Watt Metal Fixtures on the Parish Office-Rectory building to light up the Parish grounds at night at the cost of $ 2,500.00.
- Installed 39 Brand New Double panned Simonton white vinyl windows on the Parish Office-Rectory building at the cost $ 50,000.00. The Contractor was Anderson Windows Company.
- The Exterior painting of the Parish office-Rectory Building at the cost of $ 8,861.00. This project included water proofing the exterior west wall of the building and two coats of Kelly-Moore premium exterior paint. The Contractor was 'Greenscape Construction Co.'
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
We thank all those who have so generously contributed towards this campaign. Special thanks to all who made pledges and paid them in full. We thank God for having watched over us, and blessed us. Through His divine Providence, He has guided us and brought us to this moment in time of achievement and success of the work of our hands.
However, our work is not yet done...... As we all know
The other remaining items in our on-going campaign for "FIXING GOD'S HOUSE" are Repairing and Maintaining, Reconditioning, Restoring and if need be replacing the following items mentioned below. The priority of the jobs in the list given below will be determined upon the availability of funds and the degree of urgency and necessity.
- The Exterior painting of the Convent Building
- Repairs: windows in the Narthexes (the four entrances of our Church);
- Remodelling and Upgrade the School Cafeteria;
- Acoustic Analysis and Correction of the (interior) Church Building in order to eliminate reverberation, distortion and noise and boost sound fidelity;
- The exterior Four sets of Church Steel Doors;
- The interior Four sets of Church Wood doors;
- Repairs, Painting and water Proofing of the West Wall of the School Building;
- Installing new Electrical Cable & Electrical fittings for energy compliance efficient lighting upgrades in the Church.
- Renovating the Parish Hall: electrical, Wall, restrooms, entry ways, new sound system, Communication & media equipment, new furniture, chairs, tables, upgrades in Restrooms etc.,
- Interior Painting: the Parish Office & Rectory, School and Convent Buildings;
- Upgrades of the Parish Church Restrooms;
- New Roof on the School Building;
- Re-conditioning and resurfacing (black Top) of the Parish grounds.
- Repairs of the Steel Chain-link fence in the upper and the lower yard of the Parish property.
|All Souls - Then - Today - Tomorrow||29.17 KB|
|A commitment to Maintain Our Parish Facilities||39.6 KB|
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|Campaign Gift Plans||40.1 KB|
|We are Fixing God's House||52.98 KB|
|All Souls Church with Brand New Roof in 2006||1.24 MB|
|All Souls School in 2009||135.46 KB|
|All Souls Church with New Roof & Outer Wall restored in 2010||38.29 KB|
|All Souls Church with New Roof & Outer Wall restoration in 2010: High Res.||4.2 MB|
|All Souls Church Interior||376.69 KB|