Legacy of Msgr. John J. Sweeny

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Msgr. John J. Sweeny

The growth we witnessed from its beginning can be attributed to the power of the Rosary, devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the tremendous gift of having Perpetual Adoration all day long and all year long, for which our parish is renowned.
Surely none of these would have been possible without the passion of Msgr. John J.Sweeny, who served as a Pastor from 1969 to 2002. It was he who established First Friday All Night Vigils on October 3, 1969, Perpetual Adoration on August 15, 1976, and on October 7, 1983, erected the beautiful 32’ stainless steel statue—a shrine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary built by sculptor Charles C. Parks, and dedicated by Bishop Pierre Dumaine of the Diocese of San Jose. The newly proclaimed St. John Paul II deigned to bestow a special blessing for that occasion.