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  • OLLV Foundation | St. Callistus Chapel at Christ Cathedral

    OLLV Foundation OLLV FOUNDATION HISTORY DONATE NOW OLLV FOUNDATION God is with Us, God Loves Us. We Share in His Power. The OLLV Foundation has been tasked with completing the Our Lady of La Vang Shrine and the creation of the St. Callistus Chapel, to be located in the cathedral undercroft. The OLLV Foundation takes its name from the success of the Our Lady of La Vang Shrine, a testament to the 1798 Vietnamese Marian apparition. In its first year, the shrine has quickly become a major site of Catholic worship and reverence for the Christ Cathedral parish and the region at large. Diocesan priests and countless volunteers who helped fundraise more than $17 million for the shrine are looking to replicate that success to complete the shrine's second phase and create the St. Callistus Chapel. READ MORE

  • Story of the Old St. Callistus Parish | St. Callistus Chapel at Christ Cathedral

    About the St. Callistus Parish Learn About the Original Parish DONATE NOW St. Callistus Parish God is with Us, God Loves Us. We Share in His Power. The St. Callistus parish could be considered the foundation of the Christ Cathedral. Founded in 1961, the first mass for the St. Callistus parish was celebrated in a roller rink. The history of this parish ran deep and the significance of the start of the parish birthed the nickname “Holy Rollers” for the original worshipers of the parish. Previously located at 12921 Lewis Street in Garden Grove, California, the St. Callistus parish was home to a multilingual Catholic community. On a weekly basis, mass could be attended in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese. ​ About the St. Callistus Vietnamese Community The St. Callistus Parish was home to the Vietnamese Three Borders Community. The Three Borders Community was founded in 1978 by a few parishioner families that left Vietnam after the Great Incident in South Vietnam. The community started off small, but with the holy guidance of the late Father Vu Tuan Tu, Father Do Thanh Ha, Father Tran Phuc Long, the community grew from a small number of parishioners to over a 1,000. Vietnamese masses at the St. Callistus parishes grew from one mass every Saturday, to daily masses, and 3 masses on Sunday. ​ A memory from a St. Callistus Parishioner. Fr. Tuyen, our pastor at the time, was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. He approached me to start a council of the Knights at St. Callistus. I told Fr. Tuyen that "I'm not a Knight". He said: "Well, become one." I had been quietly thinking and working on that idea, unbeknown to Fr. Tuyen. Everyone knows you can't say no to Fr. Tuyen. I contacted my brother John who was a Knight at the Balboa Council. He signed me up. I went to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree ceremonies over the course of a year or so. I felt I had to go to some meetings so I could get an idea of what Knights were all about. I was also talking with Luis Avila, a fellow parishioner at St. Callistus. He was already a Knight. He was excited about establishing a Council of Knights at St. Callistus. We contacted some leaders of the Knights and came up with a plan to get the Knights going at. St. Callistus. One of the biggest hurdles was choosing a name for our Council. It was around this time we learned that St. Callistus was going to move to the Crystal Cathedral. Names and timelines were up in the air. We were determined to get the Knights going at St. Callistus. We were worried about St. Callistus disappearing or fading from memory with the move and all it entailed. After some time, prayer and discussion, we settled on the name St. Callistus At Christ Cathedral, Council 12694. We have had to defend that name many times since we have completed the move. People have suggested that we drop the St. Callistus part of our name since St. Callistus Parish was now gone. We as Knights of Columbus, Council 12694, stressed that we wanted to keep the memory of St. Callistus alive, which is why we chose the name that we did. It is now very exciting that St. Callistus Chapel is taking shape. ​ A memory from a St. Callistus Parishioner. Before the building of the new St. Callistus church the Hispanic Ministries dreamed about having a shrine for Our lady of Guadalupe on the campus and in order to make that a reality, they had to raise funds to help come up with most of the cost. They organize all the ministries to cook food to be sold to raise funds. Each week tamales and champurrado were sold after all Mass times. The shrine was built directly behind the Rectory facing the parking lot nearby where the new church would eventually be built. This might not seem very important to most but for the Hispanic community it was a wonderful blessing, they/we finally had a place to worship Our Lady of Guadalupe especially for the yearly Novena and festivities. I started working at St. Callistus in 1997 and have continued to be part of the staff here at Christ Cathedral Parish. I have many beautiful memories of St. Callistus and our Hispanic Ministries. Fr. Rudolph Preciado was the Pastor when I started working for the parish and he was still the Paster when the new church building was finalized. He along with the Hispanic Ministries did a campaign to raise funds and to motivate neighboring parishioners to support financially the construction of the new church. He along with parishioners went door to door within the neighborhood. Aside from this, all the ministries would sell different types of traditional Mexican food to help with the building of the new church. ​ The St. Callistus parish was traded as part of a deal between the Catholic Diocese of Orange and the Crystal Cathedral Ministries, and on Sunday, June 30th, 2013, the St. Callistus parish move up Lewis Street to its new home at the newly formed Christ Cathedral campus. ​ The St. Callistus parish transitioned to the Christ Cathedral parish, but the parishioners and the spirit of the old parish were never forgotten. On February 1st, accompanied by the Bishop of Orange, the OLLV Foundation announced that St. Callistus was coming back in the form of a new chapel in the undercroft of Christ Cathedral. This new 12,500 square foot chapel will allow seating for 250 people. The St. Callistus Chapel will feature a crypt that will house resting space for 40 bishops and 1,054 niches.

  • Christ Cathedral Today | St. Callistus Chapel at Christ Cathedral

    Christ Cathedral LEARN ABOUT THE CHRIST CATHEDRAL AND THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE DONATE NOW CHRIST CATHEDRAL TODAY God is with Us, God Loves Us. We Share in His Power. Located at 13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA the Christ Cathedral Campus is the home to the Diocese of Orange. Standing 120 feet tall (12 stories), 141 feet long and 207 feet wide, the 78,397-square-foot edifice is constructed entirely of glass and steel. With 10,660 panes of mirrored glass and seating for 3,000, the Christ Cathedral is known worldwide for its inspiring beauty and breathtaking scale. Today the Christ Cathedral campus, among other enterprises, includes: Christ Cathedral Academy, serving children in grades preK-8; the Diocese Pastoral Center, home to the Bishop of Orange; the Freed Performing Arts Theatre; world-class art and spiritual exhibits; Crean Tower and its 52-bell carillon; Cathedral Memorial Gardens, the final resting place for Rev. Robert and Arvella Schuller, restaurateur Marie Callender and pianist Roger Williams; and the Tower of Hope, home to the New Hope Ministries 14-hour telephone counseling service and KCEO Radio, the Diocese’s station featuring content from Immaculate Heart Radio network and reaching as many as 6.8 million listeners. The campus will serve as a spiritual home to Orange County’s more than 1.3 million Catholics and also serve the local community through its extensive roster of services and programs available to everyone. The Christ Cathedral chapel is the religious sanctuary to 10,000 members with Masses taking place in English, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Many other events take place within the campus; weddings, conferences, concerts, and family friendly events. LEARN MORE

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