Church Renovation Project

 

We are excited to share our plans for the upcoming renovation of our church and hall!  We will update this page as our plans move forward.

We are working with an architect and engineers who are generously donating their time to the parish.  We hope to submit drawings to the City of Fremont in early 2023 for plan check and permitting.  Depending upon the city building department’s comments, we may need to revise the drawings.  Once we have approved drawings we will share them with contractors for pricing.  We anticipate the renovation will cost $2-3 million. We will have a better estimate after the permitting process is completed.  If all goes well we could begin construction by the end of 2023.  The work will take 4-6 months to complete.  We will use the Mission church during construction.

Remodeled Worship Space

The sacristy will be updated – click here for a preliminary look!  The movable wall separating our worship space from the church hall will be replaced with a permanent, soundproof wall to enable activities in the church hall at the same as Mass and other liturgical celebrations in the church.

We plan to replace our aging organ with a new state of the art digital organ and speakers that will be hidden in the walls at the front and rear of the worship space. The floor of the worship space will be travertine with red-carpeted walk aisles.  Wood and stone will be added to the columns and parts of the walls to represent the type of buildings St Joseph helped to build.  The altar and baptismal font will be replaced. 

Stained Glass Windows

In addition to the two stained glass windows behind the altar we have six additional windows in storage that were acquired and restored for the new church project.  Two of these windows will be added to the two already in the sanctuary.  All four windows will be backlit. They will be The Holy Family, Jesus and the Children, Jesus the Good Shepherd, and Jesus’ Agony in the Garden.

The other four windows in storage are Jesus with Martha and Mary, St Anthony with the Infant Jesus, Saints Agnes, Lucy and Agatha, and The Sacred Heart of Jesus with Margaret Mary.  They will be backlit and located on the back wall of the worship space or in the new entry areas.

We will replace the exterior windows in the worship space with 12 new stained glass windows depicting Blessed Augustus Tolton, Vietnamese Martyrs, Chinese Martyrs, San Lorenzo Ruiz, St Kateri Tekakwitha, St Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Joseph from the Old Testament, St Mary Magdalene, St Francis of Assisi, St Clair of Assisi, St Dominic, and St Gianna Beretta Molla.

New Entry Vestibules

The entry porches on both sides of the church will be enclosed with glass and new doors to create welcoming transitions into the worship space.  Click here for a first look.  The stairs on the parking lot side of the church will be replaced with a wide, gently sloping, and accessible walkway from the parking lot to the floor of the church.  Click here to see the new entry ramp.

Air Conditioning

The old gas heaters (original to the building) for the church and hall will be replaced with a modern, energy-efficient electric heat pump system to heat and cool the building and improve ventilation.

New Restrooms

The old men’s and women’s restrooms will be demolished and replaced with larger, fully accessible restrooms that will accommodate more people.