Matching Gifts

Grateful for Our Past, Preparing for Our Future!

Our St. Lawrence Martyr Completion Campaign – Grateful for Our Past, Preparing for Our Future – began in September 2018 and is in full swing!  As of December 2019, we have received just over $3 million in gifts and pledges, which is about 84% of our goal!  We are striving for 100% participation and hope you can join us in this wonderful opportunity!  We are so grateful for the many parishioners who have already generously committed and contributed.

The purpose of the campaign is to fund the renovation just completed in our Church.

Please download and/or print the Self-Guided Tour to learn more about the renovation of our beautiful new Church!

Self Guided Tour

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.

Please contact Yvonne Fisher in the Development Office with any questions.  (310) 540-0329 x289 or by email.

Our Art Restorer, Maria Szopinski, has finished cleaning and restoring our beautiful statues!  Although the lighting work is still in progress, take a look at her finished work!  What a striking difference from what we had before.


Our artist, Lalo Garcia, has finished creating our beautiful Communion of Saints art installation!  Take a look at his finished work (click the Lalo_Final link below)!  We can’t wait to see it on the predella!


Artist WIP


Take a peek inside the church as our construction continues – our construction crews are busy at work!

Construction Video Update 3

Meet our Artist, Lalo Garcia!

Born in La Cieneguita, a small rancho in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, and raised since the age of 13 in the San Fernando Valley, north of downtown Los Angeles, celebrated artist Lalo Garcia has spent 35 years immersed in the world of art.

Garcia’s love for his native culture combined with his faith and commitment to preserving the folklore of Mexico are reflected in his unique compositions. Garcia’s work has been permanently placed in sacred spaces throughout Los Angeles and the United States. Currently, Garcia is one of eleven commissioned artists selected by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create artwork for the Los Angeles Cathedral of the Angels, a major historic landmark.

In addition to the downtown Cathedral, Garcia’s sacred art has been placed at Saint Bernardine of Siena in Woodland Hills CA, St. Helen’s Church in South Gate CA; at Our Lady of Peace in North Hills CA; and at St. Jane de Chantal in North Hollywood, CA.

His personal art pieces have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Mexico, and Spain. Lalo has been the featured artist at the Casa de la Cultura in Las Cruces, New Mexico; Casa de la Cultura in Fresno, CA; and most recently at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim CA. Traveling juried exhibits include CIVA’s (Christians in the Visual Arts) Highly Favored Contemporary Images of the Virgin Mary, and SEEDS Fine Art Exhibits, “Dawn to Dawn” and “Succou-The Gift of Support and Solace.”

Garcia was previously the in-house artist/designer for Martinez & Murphy, Inc. of Los Angeles, a liturgical arts and sacred environment company. He designed such special works as the vestments and miters of Pope John Paul II as well as designing all 350 Roman Catholic bishop’s vestments for the Pope’s visit to Los Angeles. Garcia has also designed the vestment worn by his Beatifude, Metropolitan Theodosius and other Hierachies in Russia on the occasion of the millennium of Christianity in 1988.

Garcia has also worked as a principal artist consulting on numerous cultural arts programs and events for communities throughout Southern California. He has led workshops for children and adults on behalf of the Autry National Museum, the Southwest Museum, Dia de los Muertos, Let’s Go Green, Healthy Kids, Healthy Planet, Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day.

His work can also be found in many private collections, and his commercial work can be seen in books, product logos, CD covers, and various publications.

In previous years, Garcia founded the dance company, Grupo Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana in the city of San Fernando, California. As a director and choreographer, he performed throughout the United States and Mexico, including a tour with Linda Ronstadt’s “Canciones de mi Padre” as well as her tour of “Mas Canciones.”

Garcia has been featured in numerous publications and is often seen on Univision Channel 34 and on Telemundo discussing art, history, and cultural events.

Review his work on his website:

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.

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Enhance your pledge/gift with a matching gift

Company matching gifts increase the impact of your pledge/gift!  If you have made a one-time gift or any payments in 2019 towards your pledge, you can request to have those funds matched by your employer!

The list below is a partial list of companies in the area that we know have a Matching Gift program.  If your company is not listed below, please check with your HR Department to see if it participates in a Matching Gift program.

While the Matching Gift submission process can vary by company, it typically involves the following steps:

  1. Contact your HR Department for the matching gift forms OR log into your company’s matching gift submission website.
  2. Search for Lawrence Martyr Church. Please note:  St. Lawrence Martyr Church is part of the United States Catholic Conference (USCCB).  You may first have to search for the USCCB group and then choose St. Lawrence Martyr Church.  Here are the Tax ID numbers you will need:
      • United States Catholic Conference: 53-0196617
      • Lawrence Martyr Church: 95-3636058
  1. Select Lawrence Martyr Church from the search results (if not found, you should be able to enter the information).
  2. Register your donation.
  3. Submit the matching gift request.
  4. Send all forms to the attention of Yvonne Fisher in the Parish office and we will do the rest. Our mailing address is: 1940 South Prospect Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Companies with Matching Gift Programs:

Bank of America Motorola
Becton Dickinson Nokia
Bio Site Northrup Grumman Litton
Chevron Novartis
Eli Lilly Pfizer
Fieldstone Qualcomm
Guidant Raytheon
Hewlett Packard SAIC
Home Depot SEMPRA
Intel Sempra Energy
Intuit Sony
James Copley Foundation STMicroelectronics
Kyocera Toyota
Mattel Wells Fargo
Merck Yahoo
Merrill Lynch

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.

This is a conceptual video rendering done from early architect drawings.  Many of the details are missing, but it provides us with an idea of what our new worship space will look like.


Time Lapse Videos of our Construction

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Video # 3