OCC Groundbreaking Event, Saturday, June 16 2018.

That’s right!  Last Sunday, we have officially announced that we will be celebrating a groundbreaking event on Saturday, June16, starting with 5pm Vigil Mass, presided by Msgr. Gary Secor, Vicar General of the Diocese of Honolulu.

 

The Leadership Advisory Council (LAC) has worked hard both on the plans and the financing of the One Community Center to make sure that the facility we want is both cost effective and functional. The 7,000 square foot multi-purpose facility will accommodate 500 people. It will have an office, a warming kitchen, handicap accessible bathrooms, storage and modern audio/visual technology including a 9´x12´screen to livestream Mass and other liturgical functions in the overflow, for example Christmas and Easter.   There will be space to move various activities and events currently held in the church but do not belong in our sanctuary, such as concerts, presentations, town hall meetings, parish-wide events, large parish ministry gatherings, etc. The One Community Center will expand our parish community capacity for our parish ministries’ meetings and formation events, as well as our ability for outreach in Central and Northern Oahu.

 

Almost 20 years ago, there was a vision to build a parish hall at the time of the renovation of the present church. Now, God has brought us to another great milestone in our parish to realize that vision with the One Community Center. It has taken a long time to get to this point. These are exciting times for the Catholic Community of St. John Apostle & Evangelist. The groundbreaking ceremony is a clear sign that we are building!

 

As your pastor, I have great faith that God who has brought us to this stage in our vision, will also lead us to its realization through our stewardship spirit of generosity. Once again I take the opportunity to thank those who have submitted their capital campaign pledge card and continue to honor it. As we begin construction, we will need the continuous flow of funds. Mahalo and may God bless you with more so that you may give back to serve God’s needs through the parish.

 

Monsignor John S. Mbinda