On July 1, 2000, as we welcomed the new millennium, we also welcomed our new pastor, Father Alex Legaspi, and many new staff: Father Nady Corrales, Doy Fernandez, Leo Redondo, Dina Reyes, Chris Redada, Bing Feliciano, Carmela Roxas, Ed Velazco and Joan Gonda. When Father Alex became pastor, he emphasized our role as evangelizers and directed all programs to focus their ministry on evangelization. Each ministry is challenged to proclaim the Good News in the context of their work. Our Social Justice Ministry, with programs such as Out of Harm's Way, information meetings about health insurance programs for the uninsured and information sessions for displaced airport workers after September 11, 2001, proclaim that each of us is a child of God and deserves respect and basic needs such as health care and jobs. Small Christian communities, beginning with Family of God and continuing through RENEW and RENEW 2000 live on in the many groups still meeting, which reach out to the unchurched and invite them to join our community. We continue our outreach to the poor through St. Vincent de Paul, special collections for disasters and various drives to provide socks or jackets or other items to those in need. These activities evangelize through actions that recognize the basic human dignity of all people.
Through 40 years there have been many changes. We have moved from Daniel Webster to Serramonte to the hardware store and then to our permanent home. We have changed from a mostly Anglo community to an ethnic rainbow. There have been four pastors, numerous parochial vicars, pastoral associates and support staff. Through all of this, we have never backed away from trying new challenges, pilot programs, new ways of celebrating liturgy. And through all this, we have welcomed all who come to pray and worship with us. We continue to live our mission statement "We are Christ's eyes, ears, hands and feet, bringing the Good News to Daly City and beyond." We are blessed!!
Compiled by Michele Bussey