By Esther Ro/Garden Grove Journal
Crystal Cathedral Ministries and St. Callistus Catholic Church, both of Garden Grove, are swapping administrative and worship facilities this weekend.
After a prolonged period of financial struggles, the Crystal Cathedral property was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for $57.5 million in bankruptcy court.
Crystal Cathedral is to be renamed Christ Cathedral, and St. Callistus Catholic Church renamed Shepherd’s Grove.
Both congregations are holding their final services and saying goodbye to their original locations this weekend before moving to their new homes in July.
Crystal Cathedral Ministries will hold its final service in the Crystal Cathedral, located at 13280 Chapman Ave., on Sunday, June 30 at 9:30 a.m.
St. Castillus’ closing rituals will be on Saturday, June 29 at 1 p.m at St. Callistus Catholic Church, located at 12921 Lewis St.
A motorcade on Lewis Street from St. Callistus to Christ Cathedral, approximately a one mile distance, will immediately follow this ceremony and precede an outdoor welcoming Mass at Christ Cathedral at 4 p.m.
Sunday Mass on June 30 will be held at St. Callistus Catholic Church according to the regular schedule.
According to the Diocese of Orange, Mass cannot be celebrated in the future Christ Cathedral building until the proper “architectural renovations and liturgical alterations are made,” which are expected to be complete in 2015.
Construction on the Arboretum is scheduled for completion in time for Mass to be held once St. Callistus officially moves into Christ Cathedral.
Speculation regarding a joint ceremony with both Crystal Cathedral and St. Callistus congregations has been confirmed negative.
While there is mutual sadness at leaving their old places of worship, members of both congregations look to the future with anticipation and optimism.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of Reverend Schuller’s ministry as well as continue to grow our own,” said Lorraine Fiori, a Roman Catholic docent at the Crystal Cathedral.