Our Lady of Guadalupe still in need of donations


EL CENTRO, Calif. – Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro has been given the go ahead by the Diocese of San Diego to renovate the Parish Hall to become the Cristo Rey Chapel.

“What we’ve been praying for, hoping for for so long is really going to come true,” Rev. Mark Edney said.


Nearly $2 million have been donated to renovate this space where hundreds come every weekend to worship.

Fr. Edney has made his plea to St Brigid and St Therese Churches in San Diego.

The project is going to cost $3.7 million.

Fr. Edney says they’ll get some money from the Diocese, but they’re still $1 million short.


“People have been extremely generous and people have been given and offered to give money from all parts of the U.S. and even some of our Snowbirds from Canada,” Rev. Edney said.

Fr. Edney said they’ve been blessed but they still do need more money.


“This is a very simple project.  There’s not a lot of frills and finery.  It’s basically a project to lift the roof and to expand the seating,” Rev. Edney said.

A simple project but with one extravagance that will be a surprise.

“It’s like Easter is about the Lord rising again and I feel that my parish is rising again,” Rev. Edney said.

Bids are now being accepted and ground breaking will be on May 3 when the surprise will be revealed.

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