2014-07-16 / Church

St. Andrew Catholic Church continues to grow

Above is a rendering of the renovation project at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall in Pleasanton. 
GARZA ARCHITECTS Above is a rendering of the renovation project at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall in Pleasanton. GARZA ARCHITECTS Father Gilberto Vallejo, pastor of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Pleasanton, recently announced that the Parish Hall is undergoing a major remodeling and extension because of safety issues. He explained that St. Andrew’s Parish Hall needed to improve its facilities to provide adequate and safe space for the church’s ministries and service to the community.

The remodeling project was awarded to Garza Architects, based in San Antonio.

Jesse Garza, AIA, Principal of Garza Architects said that his firm will be removing most of the enclosing walls and roof structure and will rebuild it with a higher structure, new facades and new roofing. Currently, the church hall is 14,000 square feet and once it is completed it will be 17,000 square feet.

Garza Architects has been operating in San Antonio a little over 12 years. The mid-size firm specializes in commercial and institutional projects.

Father Gilberto Vallejo and Deacon Bennie Garcia. Father Gilberto Vallejo and Deacon Bennie Garcia. Currently, there are 550 students enrolled in religious education at St. Andrew. Our Lady of Grace Academy, the local Catholic school, is coming back to St. Andrew with the start of the 2015-16 school year. It moved to Leming because of safety concerns.

The extension of the hall includes more adequate classrooms, as well as a larger hall area. Youth Ministry, ACTS, Knights of Columbus, United Seniors, adult men and women Bible study groups, Lay Ministry Institute, weddings, quinceaƱeras, funerals and the annual Picnic and Turkey Dinner fundraisers will benefit from this major project.

This year, St. Andrew Catholic Church is celebrating 100 years of service to the community of Pleasanton.

“This major project is the best present we can give to our church,” said Father Vallejo.

It will be a $1.5 million project, which could extend to $2 million. The Parish Hall was built thanks to the generosity of St. Andrew parishioners roughly 50 years ago. They did a wonderful job since the building has served the St. Andrew community and the community at large in so many ways.

Father Vallejo invites the Pleasanton community to join St. Andrew in prayer and thanksgiving to God for all the blessings we have received in our 100 years. He remembers April 28, 2010, being at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, along with some St. Andrew parishioners. That was when Pope Benedict XVI, at his weekly general audience, in front of tens of thousands of people greeted and blessed St. Andrew Catholic Church in Pleasanton. Father Vallejo said he and his parishioners were surprised and amazed by hearing from the Pope himself, the name of our parish and the city of Pleasanton.

Construction is tentatively scheduled for mid- September, 2014 and last until the end of March, 2015. During this time, the hall will be unavailable for use.

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