Then & Now

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Then & Now Parishioner Stories

Then & Now: Del Mazzio Family

One of the favorite adages my Grandma used was, “Bloom where You Are Planted”. In 1982 my husband Don and I found ourselves, alone with our five young children, “transplanted” in Anaheim Hills – all the way from Connecticut, via an 18 month stint in Ohio. While staying at a local hotel, waiting for our Read more about Then & Now: Del Mazzio Family[…]Read More »

Then & Now: Cyprien Family

Joseph and Jeanne Cyprien Family (Tom, Dave, Julie, Mark and Lori) We moved our family to Anaheim Hills in 1971, when we bought a home on Solomon Drive. On the corner of Solomon and Santa Ana Canyon Road was a large vacant field. Little did we know that was the future site of our beautiful Read more about Then & Now: Cyprien Family[…]Read More »

Then & Now: The Bennett Family

The Bennett Family: The Bennett family moved to the Anaheim Hills area in 1974. There was not much out here as the Anaheim Hills planned community was in its very early stages. We had been parishioners of St. Joseph in Placentia before the move. Thinking we were now parishioners of St. Martin’s in Yorba Linda, Read more about Then & Now: The Bennett Family[…]Read More »

Then & Now: McCracken Family

The McCrackens: Paul and Shirley McCracken, moved to Anaheim Hills in 1975. We came from St. Columban’s Parish where Paul was active with parish legal issues. When the Orange Diocese was formed, Bishop Johnson appointed Paul to be a proctor advocate on the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal. There he met Father Seamus Glynn. When Father Seamus Read more about Then & Now: McCracken Family[…]Read More »

Then & Now: Teen Club to Youth Ministry

by: Al & Carol Ogrodski When the San Antonio parish was formed, Father Seamus was approached with the concern that a program for the teen community was needed. Frank and JoAnn McGowan, Al and Carol Ogrodski, and Jack and Connie Williams volunteered to organize that program. Meetings with the teens were held at a local Read more about Then & Now: Teen Club to Youth Ministry[…]Read More »

Then & Now: Joe & Judy Parker

In 1977 the new parish of San Antonio was established in “the canyon” and several of the original families canvassed the local neighborhoods, inviting Catholic Families to come to mass at the new parish. Our family had moved to California from Ohio in ‘75 and had been attending mass at St. Boniface and occasionally at Read more about Then & Now: Joe & Judy Parker[…]Read More »

Then & Now: Zlaket Family

Zlaket Family: We moved to Anaheim Hills in 2006 when our son was 2 and our daughter 12. We were parishners at Holy Family at the time, and tried to make that drive to Mass every week, but occasionally running late (we had a 2 year old) we’d go to San Antonio…only a 3 minute Read more about Then & Now: Zlaket Family[…]Read More »

Then & Now: Shaia Family

Shaia Family: When my husband and I moved to Anaheim Hills in 1974 we were not only lonely because we didn’t know anyone, but we did not have family close by as well. We both came from big families that loved being around each other and we missed that. So we were looking for a Read more about Then & Now: Shaia Family[…]Read More »

Then & Now: Gutierrez Family

Phil and Cora Gutierrez: We came from our old parish St. Irenaeus to San Antonio. The initial small size of San Antonio gave us a rare chance to develop and grow spiritually along with the equally young members of the parish under the benevolent guidance of our beloved founding pastor, Father Seamus who still remembers the names of our Read more about Then & Now: Gutierrez Family[…]Read More »

Then & Now: Schulze Family

Schulze Family: In 1978, we were living in the St. Norbert area and I was teaching at St. Joseph’s in Placentia, so I attended Mass in both places. After it was announced that a new parish had been formed, I went to San Antonio a few times. When I decided I wanted to be a lector, Read more about Then & Now: Schulze Family[…]Read More »

Then & Now: Day Family

Garry & Glenda Day: Our story begins in 1974 when we moved to Anaheim & encountered Fr. Seamus who politely told us we needed to go to this new parish in the hills even though we were in another parish, technically. We started attending St. Coyote/El Rancho school every Sunday and our daughter was asked Read more about Then & Now: Day Family[…]Read More »

Then & Now: The Berry Family

The following was submitted by Pam Berry The Berry’s (Ed, Pam, Christie, Suzie & Jimmy): Ed and I attended the very first meeting at the McGuire home up on Rutgers Circle, Anaheim Hills – we voted on the name chosen for the parish. I met Fr. Seamus at that meeting, told him about the house Read more about Then & Now: The Berry Family[…]Read More »

Then & Now: Carrol-Walls Family

When looking to relocate a family of seven (Peter, Cathy, Sean, Brendan, Tim, Christienne and Caitlan Carroll), to Anaheim Hills in 1979, we needed a home, schools and a church for our family.  After meeting Father Seamus, and hearing about the new church we knew our search was over. Father Seamus welcomed us and said Read more about Then & Now: Carrol-Walls Family[…]Read More »

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