parish history

Historia de la Parroquia

La Iglesia de San Vicente de Paúl fue establecida en la Diócesis de Orange por el Obispo William Johnson, el 27 de septiembre del 1977, en cuatro acres de terreno que pertenecían al Cementerio del Buen Pastor. La parroquia se formó inicialmente con familias de las parroquias vecinas de Saints Simon and Jude, Saint Bonaventure y de Holy Spirit. Los padres de la Orden Vicenciana sirvieron lealmente a esta parroquia hasta julio de 1995. Inmediatamente después los padres de la Diócesis de Orange iniciaron su servicio en la parroquia, con el Padre Jerome T. Karcher como Párroco.A través de los años, desde su inicio, los miembros de la Iglesia de San Vicente de Paúl se han reunido en diferentes lugares para la oración y otras actividades comunales. La primera Misa se celebró el 2 de octubre de 1977 en la Funeraria Dilday, en donde se congregaron 150 familias de la zona. Los feligreses en esa época llamaban a la funeraria cariñosamente “San Dildays”. Desde entonces, la parroquia ha crecido hasta tener cerca de 2,800 hogares registrados en 2010.

El salón Parroquial se construyó en 1981. Allí los feligreses han realizado toda clase de actividades como las clases de formación de la fe para niños, adolescentes y adultos, reuniones sociales, liturgias y toda clases de actividades de la parroquia. La Misa se celebró en este salón por veinte años hasta la construcción de la Iglesia en 2002. Las salas de reuniones (“Meeting Rooms”) se terminaron de construir en 1994, solucionando el problema de espacio que el creciente número de feligreses estaba causando. La oficina parroquial fue remodelada en febrero de 1996 para aumentar su tamaño y albergar a sus empleados y a los padres de la creciente parroquia.

La parroquia inició la campaña para construir la Iglesia el 1997. Así se inició la CAMPAÑA 2000 DEL NUEVO TEMPLO cuyo objetivo fue recaudar los fondos adecuados para construir una hermosa Iglesia que pudiera servir mejor todas las necesidades litúrgicas del creciente número de feligreses. Para este propósito, la Diócesis de Orange donó un acre adicional del Cementerio del Buen Pastor para construir el estacionamiento en la parte baja del terreno. Gracias a las generosas contribuciones de muchos feligreses y amigos de la parroquia, la Iglesia se terminó de construir en 2002. La Iglesia fue solemnemente dedicada por el Obispo Tod Brown en la Misa de Dedicación el sábado 2 de febrero de 2002, concurrida por un inmenso grupo de padres, feligreses y amigos que celebró este gran logro para la gloria de Dios. Las primeras Misas de la parroquia se celebraron durante el Primer Domingo de Cuaresma, el 16 y 17 de febrero de 2002.

El Tabernáculo, que fue creado especialmente para la Capilla del Santísimo Sacramento por el artista alemán Egino Weinert, fue bendecido por el Padre Jerome T. Karcher e instalado en la Capilla el 25 de marzo de 2006 durante la Solemnidad de la Anunciación del Señor.

Sin embargo, más allá de la construcción de espacios físicos, desde 1977 muchos individuos y familias han construido el tapiz de nuestra parroquia gracias a vidas en la fe, la esperanza y la caridad. Ellos han sido y son testigos de la Palabra de Jesucristo presente en la generosidad de su discipulado y servicio en los diferentes ministerios. Mirando hacia el futuro de la Parroquia, esperemos que la Iglesia de San Vicente de Paúl continúe siendo un lugar acogedor de bienvenida en donde se edifique el Cuerpo de Cristo para la salvación de las almas.

Priest Succession

Father Jerome R. Herff, C.M. – Pastor | 1977 – 1984

Father Owen Quigley, C.M. | 1977 – 1980

Father John Ruhl, C.M. | 1977 – 1979

Father Patrick Mullin, C.M. | 1979 – 1981

Father Terrence O’Donnell, C.M. | 1980 – 1990

Father James Galvin, C.M. | 1981 – 1982

Father Binh Van A. Nguyen, C.M. | 1982 – 1990

Father Thomas J. McIntyre, C.M. | 1982 – 1990

Father Walter Housey, C.M. – Pastor | 1983 – 1990

Father Andrew E. Bellisario, C.M. – Pastor | 1990 – 1995

Father George E. Stevens, C.M. | 1990 – 1995

Father Paul J. Burson, C.M. | 1990 – 1993

Father Minh J. Pham, C.M. | 1990 – 1995

Father Jerome T. Karcher – Pastor | 1995 – Present

Father Sy Uy Nguyen | 1995 – 1999

Father Richard Kennedy | 1995 – 1996

Father James Overend, C.M.F. | 1999 – 2001

Father Michael Crimmins | 2001 – 2002

Father Antonio Lopez | 2002 – 2005

Father Paul Flynn, OSA | 2005 – 2007

Father Antonio Zapata | 2007 – 2010

Father Robert Capone | 2010 – 2013

Father Danh Pham, SVD | 2013 – 2014

Father Sergio Ramos | 2014 – Present

Saint Vincent de Paul Parish History

Saint Vincent de Paul Church was established by Bishop William Johnson for the Diocese of Orange on September 27, 1977 with four acres of undeveloped cemetery property from Good Shepherd Cemetery. It was formed with families from Saints Simon and Jude, Saint Bonaventure, and Holy Spirit Churches. The Vincentian Fathers built up the parish and faithfully served here until July 1995. The priests of the Diocese of Orange began serving the parish after this time with Father Jerome T. Karcher as Pastor.

The members of Saint Vincent de Paul Church have been gathering together in various places for prayer and other community activities since its beginning. It started with the first Mass on October 2, 1977 celebrated by one hundred and fifty families at Dilday Mortuary which became known by parishioners as “Saint Dildays”.

The Parish Hall was built in 1981 and has served the parishioners for almost every purpose including faith formation classes for children, teens and adults, social gatherings, liturgies and all other parish activities. Masses were celebrated for parishioners in the Parish Hall for twenty years until the Church was built in 2002. The construction of the Meeting Rooms, which was completed in 1994, allowed for more space for the needs of the growing number of parishioners. The Parish Office was enlarged in February 1996 to provide more adequate office space for the staff and priests in the growing parish.

The parish began the challenge to build a Church in January 1997. The CHURCH CAMPAIGN 2000 was begun to provide funding to construct a beautiful Church to better serve the various liturgical needs for the increasing number of parishioners. To do this, the Diocese of Orange donated an additional acre of property from Good Shepherd Cemetery to provide for the lower parking lot. With the generous contributions of many parishioners and friends, the Church was completed in 2002. The Church was solemnly dedicated by Bishop Tod David Brown in the Mass of Dedication on Saturday, February 2, 2002 with an overflow crowd of priests, parishioners and friends celebrating this accomplishment for the glory of God. The first parish Masses were then celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent, February 16 and 17, 2002.

The Tabernacle, which was created especially for the Blessed Sacrament Chapel by the German artist Egino Weinert, was blessed by Father Jerome T. Karcher and installed in the Chapel on March 25, 2006 on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

For the 10th Anniversary of the dedication of the church, new statues were placed in the church. The statue of Our Lady Of La Vang was blessed by Bishop Dominic M. Luong on May 16, 2012; and the statues of Saint Vincent de Paul and the Sacred Heart of Jesus were blessed for public veneration by Father Jerome T. Karcher on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 15, 2012

In 2015 new buildings were added to the property. On February 11, 2015, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the new Meeting Rooms and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Office and Storage Room were blessed by Father Jerome.  The statue of Saint Michael the Archangel located in the alcove of the new building and the mosaic of Mary, Mother of Christians, on the wall in the patio area were also solemnly blessed by Father Jerome.

Yet, more than the construction of buildings, many individuals and families since 1977 have constructed the fabric of our parish through lives of faith, hope, and charity. Some parishioners have been here for many years while others are recently registered. Over the years, many whom we have loved and with whom we have shared our lives of faith have died and gone before us with the hope of everlasting life in Christ. Others have moved away. Yet each one holds a place in our heart, in the Body of Christ. They have been and are witnesses to the Gospel of Christ as demonstrated by their generous stewardship and service in various ministries. As the Parish History continues in the upcoming years, may Saint Vincent de Paul Church continue to be a place of welcome and warm hospitality to build up the Body of Christ for the salvation of souls.