Mission San Miguel Celebrates!

posted Oct 10, 2011, 9:04 AM by Laverne Buckman

Fiesta at Mission San Miguel
Fiesta photos courtesy of Mike Sanders
Mission San Miguel celebrated its 212th birthday with their annual Fiesta on September 20th. The celebration included a special outdoor Mass given by Father Tintle, a BBQ lunch, games, raffle, live music and folklorico dancing.
The Mission's sanctuary has been closed for nearly six years since the San Simeon Earthquake in December 2003. Mission San Miguel has been working to raise the necessary funds to retrofit and renovate the buildings that suffered extensive damage including large cracks in the thick adobe walls.
The Mission celebrated the reopening of the church's main sanctuary with a special dedication service attended by clergy from across the state on September 29th, for the Feast of St. Michael. The retrofitting portion of the repair work is finished. Another $3 to $5 million is needed to finish the full renovation project.
Mission San Miguel is known for its historic murals that grace its ceiling and walls. John Fowler, project manager, stated that the ceiling murals have been restored so that the church can be used but tourists and parishioners will find repairs continuing.
Click here to see a great video by Fox 11 News with a brief interview with San Miguel Resident, Sandra Cade, on the reopening of the Mission (note there is a brief commercial before the video begins).

Elkhorn Hosts Mission Restoration Workers

Elhorn hosts Mission workers
Back row  R to L: Gary Brown- owner Elkhorn Bar, Father Larry Gosselin of San Miguel Mission. Front L to R: Wendy Hinds- owner Elkhorn Bar, Patrick Taylor- Foreman for the Mission. Photos courtesy of Manuel Zuniga.

The Elkhorn Bar in San Miguel hosted dinner for some of the many people who have been repairing Mission San Miguel. A party of about 30 was served a feast of tender home made ribs, lemon baked chicken, and all the fixings! Games of pool, much talk and laughter filled the bar for the night.  We really enjoyed sharing our time with them.  The majority of the workers speak Spanish, so Father Larry Gosselin of the Mission gave a small speech giving his blessings and thanking everyone for their dedication to such a delicate endeavor. According to foreman Patrick Taylor, they worked and moved every tile and Santo with “con cariño” which means with “much love”.

Workers thanked at Elkhorn
Photo of Father Larry and Gary Brown giving a thank you speech to the Mission restoration workers.
Since history is close to our hearts we thought that we needed to express how much we appreciate their efforts in preserving our history; not only the history of the Church, but of our community, state and country.  There were some tender moments as this was the first time most of them had been recognized for their assistance by the local community. Most of these people have been working away from home and family for 6 months, some up to four years.
The Elkhorn has been open since 1853, the mission is only a few (50 or so) years older so it was only right for us to be part of honoring them, even if was only a meal and a hug or two! We'd also like to give a special thank you to Patrick Taylor who helped coordinate and plan the dinner with us. -story submitted by Wendy Hinds

Patriot Day at PRHS

Patriot Day at PRHS
Photos from Patriot Day at Paso Robles High School courtesy of Anthony Kalvans and Paso Robles Press
The first ever Patriot Day was held at Paso Robles High School on Sept. 11th to honor and remember both those who lost their lives and those who served our country during the tragic events of 9-11.  Anthony Kalvans of San Miguel, and a Junior at PRHS, organized the special ceremony held during lunch hour. Paso Robles Firefighters hoisted a large United States flag overhead from their department's largest fire truck as students staked 2,977 miniature American flags into the football field. Each flag represented a life lost.
Speeches were delivered by Lt. Col. Kevin Bohn from Camp San Luis Obispo and First District Supervisor Frank Mecham. Bohn served in Iraqi Freedom on the front line and was in charge of logistics for more than 150,000 coalition forces to hunt down those who instigated the Sept. 11 attacks. Bohn encourage those attending, "we should not forget about, not only the people who paid the ultimate sacrifice on that day eight years ago but the countless number of solders, men and women, who paid the ultimate sacrifice proving that freedom does not come free."
Mecham concluded his speech with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, "True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of individuals, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth." Mecham exhorted those attending to, "Never, never forget."
Anthony is very active in the community as a San Miguel Lion.