mhrThe following comes from the December 21 issue of Catholic San Francisco.

Most Holy Redeemer Church in San Francisco has broken ground for a memorial wall and fountain that will honor people, living and deceased, who in some way are associated with the parish and its parishioners – many of them people who died of AIDS.

Significantly, the project completes a $2.8 million restoration project that was begun in 1998, with the debt paid off eight years ahead of schedule, said Nick Andrade, a member of the parish finance committee who oversaw much of the project that included restoration of the church.

The names of people to be honored are being etched in tiles for the wall and in large bricks called pavers to be placed in front of the fountain. The tiles can be purchased and etched for $150 and the pavers for $250. There will be room for 400 tiles and 120 pavers, said Andrade. The memorial is set in the church garden.

The project is called the Memorial Fountain and Garden, and those being honored include founders of the Most Holy Redeemer AIDS support group, the group that serves supper to homeless people on Wednesdays, hospice workers and other friends and associates of Most Holy Redeemer, said Andrade, who is also a board member of Catholic Charities CYO.

Most Holy Redeemer is a relatively small church – only 400 families – but it is vibrant, said Andrade. “The mere fact that we paid parish debt off eight years early speaks to the faith and testament of that community,” said Andrade.

He said former Most Holy Redeemer pastors – Father Anthony McGuire, Father Edward Phelan and Father Stephen Meriwether – will attend the dedication, along with the current pastor, Father Brian Costello. Andrade said that will occur in late January or early February, the date to be determined by weather.

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