A fundraising campaign to help underwrite the costly repairs and reconfiguration was begun. Goldman’s final plan was accepted in April, 1995.
MA Lindquist Contractors, with a bid of $700,000 (which, coincidentally, was the same as the final construction cost in 1962) was chosen to implement the changes. Construction began in the second week of December, 1995 and was completed by the third week of May, 1996. All told, including the price of a new organ and new pews, the makeover cost about $1,000,000.
Under the leadership of Fr. Seamus, Our Lady of Lourdes has become one of the most beautiful churches in the city. He supervised the massive renovation creating a modern and spacious sanctuary that is equally striking in appearance as the Romanesque style exterior.
Celebrating Mass – Our Lady of Lourdes, Oakland
In its 90 year history, Our Lady of Lourdes has had only three pastors, a remarkable feat for a modern church. It is only by coincidence, Father Seamus insisted, that all three men hailed from Ireland. While its leadership has remained steady, the demographics of the church body have changed greatly over the past nine decades.
Being an urban parish, Our Lady of Lourdes boasts a wonderfully diverse flock, something the congregation and clergy are justifiably proud of. Today, the lay leadership play an integral role in the ministry and administration of the parish.
A palpable sense of community has been developed within the parish through its many programs and because of the feeling of closeness the newly designed church building itself emanates.