St. Andrew Catholic Church in Pleasanton will be hosting its annual church picnic this Sunday in its new parish hall facility. Father Gilberto Vallejo is pleased with the outcome of the beautiful hall and excited for its debut at this Sunday’s church picnic.
“It’s been the same way for the last 40 years until now. They added on to it in 1980 and now we completely remodeled and renovated everything,” said Father Gilberto.
The Parish Council, Building Committee and Finance Council identified the need of a new facility and renovations and accepted the design of the new Parish Hall. The new 15,000 sq. ft. parish hall features a new kitchen area, classrooms that will be used for religious studies and an overall larger hall/meeting area. The building project took a little over 11 months to complete.
“We anticipate the new hall will be [rented], however a committee is being formed to determine what the rental policies will be,” said church secretary, Stephanie Gutierrez.
A pledge drive and fundraising efforts were started to provide the necessary amount of funds to do the renovations a few years ago. At present, around $1million has been raised of the $2 million project. Parishioners were able to pledge a weekly, monthly or even a yearly amount. Many different fundraising events and functions have been held over the years to make the dream of a new facility a reality.
An official statement from St. Andrew Church reads:
“We would first of all like to thank the parishioners of St. Andrew Catholic Church. We would also like to thank our Pleasanton community and the surrounding communities that have continuously supported our fundraising efforts.
We would also like to thank Joe Garza for volunteering his time and expertise in overseeing the entire construction process, D.L. Bandy Constructors, St. Andrew Knights of Columbus Council #8001, St. Andrew Guadalupana & Guadalupano Society, and the Fundraising Committee.”
The parish would like to welcome everyone in the community and surrounding areas to the church picnic this Sunday, May 1. It will begin at 11 a.m. along with sale of delicious barbecue plates with all the trimmings for $8. There will be plenty of fun for adults and children alike with games and bounce houses. Carnival treats such as popcorn and candy will also be available. A country store will be selling plants and various other items. Drawings and a live auction will also take place in the afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m.
Volunteers are needed and welcome to help serve the food on Sunday, as well as, help with the games for children and adults. They will also need assistance on Saturday, April 30 in seasoning potatoes, slicing the meat, and clean-up after the event. If you’d like to volunteer or donate any items, you may call the church office at (830) 569-3356.