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June Update

posted Jun 14, 2015, 8:35 PM by Elizabeth Moroz

Sanctuary Construction Update

The California drought is bad for our state, and while I continue to pray for rain, the drought has expedited our construction. Most of what you see now happening on our site is the work required to improve the flow of the stream. Major rough grading has been completed. We have encountered many large rocks which we are currently in the process of breaking, so they can used for underground work on-site, rip-rap in the storm drain and lining of the creek bed (protected area – Stream A & B). Many are being picked up at no expense to Blessed Teresa for use at other locations. Drain piping is complete and work on the retention basin will conclude shortly. Concrete curbs and gutters are complete.  Work on Fire lining, domestic water, and irrigation is also scheduled to begin this week. As this process is completed, paving and landscaping will begin, which is estimated to take another 3 to 4 months. The pad for the building is complete. We are working with Edison to design service to site. Building and landscaping plans are approved.

We have conditional use and grading permits and hope to draw our building permit within the next few weeks. This will in turn pave the way to begin the  raising up the Sanctuary structure.  Prior to the Sanctuary, we will bring in gravel and on- site (normal) utilities electrical, water, sewer, phone/data, and gas which should begin this week or next. The building pad has been completed and we are now working on getting other conditions signed off so we can pull our Building Permit. Although building permit cannot be drawn until we complete work around conservation easement (Stream A&B), contractor is diligently working on a conditions deferment to allow for the permit to be obtained and simultaneously continue the work on the easements as well as the de-weeding of alien vegetation and re-planting of the natural vegetation. Hopefully we will get our building permit in the next couple of weeks; we are currently fabricating the metal structure for the Sanctuary and should be ready to construct as soon as we receive the building permit.

Again, I would like to thank all those who have made a pledge to the DDF.  This is the best way to support the raising of our Sanctuary. For everyone else, please consider prayerfully making a pledge to the DDF. The pledge envelopes are the back of the worship center, by the glass doors.  While there are many ways that you can contribute to the prospering of God’s works here at Blessed Teresa, as outlined in adjoining article, you might also consider a regular sacrificial gift through our blue building envelopes.  IF anyone would like to assist me and our Stewardship Committee in raising development funds, please contact me.  “God will not be outdone in generosity.”  Keep me in your prayers; you are always in mine.

Fr. Tom