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St. Mary parish in Fontana took an exciting step towards their new church building with a groundbreaking on Oct. 2. Bishop Rojas joined about 200 members of the parish community for the ceremony.

The St. Mary parish community was founded in 1939 and for decades was housed in a small 100 seat adobe church, before moving to the present site in 1998. On that site, they first used an old barn before constructing a steel warehouse structure.

The new 18,000 square foot church will seat 1,200 people and allow the existing warehouse to be modified into a parish hall and 10 rooms for ministry meetings and catechism classes. The parish has started a campaign called “Project Ants” where they hope to raise $1 million in one year and $3 million in three years to completely pay for the new church. They already have raised over $5 million.

We pray that the fundraising campaign and construction will go smoothly!