On Sunday, January 10, 2016, history was made as Bishop Armando Ochoa officially consolidated Holy Family, St. Charles, St. Mary’s, and St. Thomas Churches, Catholic School of Visalia (George McCann Memorial) and the Bethlehem Center into one parish, called Good Shepherd Catholic Parish.
Bishop Ochoa finalized the seven-year process on Sunday when he signed a promulgation at St. Mary’s 10:30 am mass. The mass was followed by a multicultural reception that filled the parish hall to the rafters with parishioners from all over Visalia and Goshen.
Learn more about the consolidation, mass and reception below:
View Photos of the day at this online photo gallery (Photos by Andrea Camarena/Goal Line Media)
Click the link below to read the Decree of Union from Bishop Armando Ochoa and General Vicar Msgr. Raymond Dreiling signed and dated January 10, 2016.
The links below are from local news outlets that covered the days events.
January 11, 2016 – ABC 30
January 10, 2016 – KMPH
January 7, 2016 – KSEE 24 / CBS 47
January 13, 2016 – KSEE24 / CBS 47
January 8, 2016 – Fresno Bee
January 23, 2016 – Fresno Bee
January 30, 2016 – Visalia Times-Delta
Until our new branding is established through our upcoming Logo Contest, items such as the website, Facebook and other online sources will maintain the names associated with The Catholic Church of Visalia. The Catholic School of Visalia, George McCann Memorial will also continue with its current name and no change is planned for the school.
Parish Website: www.gscparish.org
Parish Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/tccov
Youth Group Facebook: www.facebook.com/ccovym
Young Adult Facebook: www.facebook.com/catholic-church-of-Visalia-Young-Adult-Ministry
Now that we have a new name, we need a new logo! Learn more about our parish-wide logo contest by clicking the link below.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Consolidation
Q. Are you changing the name of my church?
A. No. All churches will keep their historic names. The Bishop has only changed the name of the parish from The Catholic Church of Visalia to Good Shepherd Catholic Parish
Q. Will this change how I give on Sunday?
A. Yes, if you write a check. All checks should now be made out to Good Shepherd Catholic Parish.
Q. Will this change my sacrament documents?
A. Sacramental Certificates (Baptism Certificates, Marriage Certificates, etc) dated after January 10, 2016 will all read Good Shepherd Catholic Parish. This is because the sacramental register is being merged from three separate parishes into one. There will be no change to the historical sacramental certificates.