Grateful for Our Past, Preparing for Our Future!

We are very excited to officially “kick-off” our St Lawrence Martyr 2018 Completion Campaign – Grateful for Our Past, Preparing for Our Future!

This campaign seeks to undertake necessary repairs and renovations in our Church that will allow it to better serve its faith community.

As many of you may remember, with our 2010 campaign, Honoring The Past – Building For The Future, we were able to fully renovate the Rectory, transform the Convent into a wonderful Pastoral Center, provide funding for many needed improvements at the Parish School and make a gift to Sagrado Corazón.

Now, after additional planning and thanks to the many parish volunteers and staff, and our architects, Cuningham Group, we present to you this inspiring plan for the future of our parish.

These necessary renovations are a response to concerns from parishioners, aging facilities and efforts to bring existing structures up to code.  The campaign will focus on critical issues such as accessibility for all worshipers, while creating a safer and inviting environment in which to gather and celebrate the sacraments.  Our priorities include the following:

*Altar – The altar steps will be brought to code, lowered and brought closer to the worshipers. All ramps and rails at the altar will meet ADA guidelines.  Additional rails will be added to the choir loft in order to meet code requirements.
*Lighting – Our remodeled facilities will be energy efficient and LEED compliant.
*Sound System – Will be improved so that it better communicates the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
*Pews – Will be refinished and the upholstered backs will be removed.
*Church Interior – New interior paint, plus repair of walls and ceilings due to water damage.
*Communion of Saints Art Installation – This beautiful work of art by artist Lalo Garcia will be placed behind the altar.  It will feature:  St. Lawrence Martyr, St. Junipero Serra, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Mother Teresa.

The goal for our Completion Campaign is $3.6 million, which includes our target goal of $1.07 million for the Diocesan-wide campaign, Called to Renew.

We are so grateful for the many parishioners who have already generously committed and contributed.  To date, we have already received approximately $1.65 million in gifts and pledges, which is about 44% of our goal!  We are striving for 100% participation and hope you can join us in this wonderful opportunity!


Contact Yvonne Fisher at (310) 540-0329 X 289 or by email

Campaign Prayer
Heavenly Father, we glorify and honor your name.
We praise and thank you for blessing us in so many ways.
We ask that your Will be fulfilled
as we begin this historic project
and that you bless these efforts
to benefit our parish community.
We ask that our leaders have the strength
and the stamina that only you can provide.
Guide and help us during this time of sacrifice
and call us to generous giving.
We pray that the people who give to these efforts
give with a generous heart and with you in mind.
So we ask you to bless all those who embrace Stewardship
and give of their time, talent, and treasures with us.
In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

Ways to give

We would be grateful for your generous pledged commitment to help us reach our $3.6 million goal.  We ask that you prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift to make our vision a reality.


Pledges can be spread out over a one to five-year period.  Payment schedules can be formulated with differing amounts from year to year to accommodate individual needs, and can be paid by check, credit card, electronic funds transfer (EFT) or gifts of securities.  Download     Pledge Card  


Give online!  It is simple, fast and secure.   


Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, and other Liquid Assets are excellent ways to give, particularly if they have appreciated in value.  If the stock has been held over one year, the donor does not have to pay capital gains tax on the stock, and is allowed a tax deduction for the full value of the stock at the time of transfer.


If your company has a matching gift program, you may be able to enhance the impact of your gift by requesting a matching gift form from your company and including it with your pledge card.


Include St. Lawrence Martyr in your will.  Please call Virginia Dargen at 310.540.0329 x250 to discuss your options.

Sample five-year pledge plan for your consideration:

Gift Amount Daily Sacrifice Monthly Annually
$50,000 $27 $834 $10,000
$40,000 $22 $667 $8,000
$30,000 $16 $500 $6,000
$25,000 $14 $417 $5,000
$15,000 $8 $250 $3,000
$10,000 $5 $167 $2,000
$  8,000 $4 $133 $1,600
$  6,000 $3 $100 $1,200
$  3,600 $2 $60 $  720
$  1,800 $1 $30 $  360


While charitable contributions are generally tax deductible, you should consult with your tax adviser.