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The greenery of the Living Cross Garden at Good Shepherd Parish, is the vision of Rich Bonomi.

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Garden affirms identity, faith at Pacifica’s Good Shepherd
January 30th, 2013
By Tom Burke

“Go make a difference” is the 2013 motto for Knights of Columbus Marian Council #3773 at Good Shepherd Parish, Pacifica, but from all indications these guys are already making a difference.

That good work is nowhere more evident than in the Living Cross Garden Knights have planted and maintain at Good Shepherd Parish and School.

Knight Rich Bonomi was the man behind the project and Catholic San Francisco spoke with him via email.

The work on the garden which includes hedges spelling out the parish and school name, and two handmade wooden crosses, began two years ago in spring 2011. The garden is now in a third phase that will bring a statue of the Sacred Heart and planted cross-shaped plants and flowers to the arrangement.

It all started and continues with hard work, Bonomi said.

“Even though the area was covered with weeds three feet high and a rotting oak tree, there was a vision that I saw there,” Bonomi said. The crosses serve “as a focal point for all of parishioners and for the children of Good Shepherd as a daily reminder of our Catholic faith,” he said.

Maintenance of the garden includes weeding on the weekend usually after Mass and twice-weekly watering.

Cost of the project was borne by the Knights with “generous donations of Catholics from local building supply companies,” Bonomi said. Special assistance in the effort came from Knight Juan Gonzalez with the hedges, Knight Roberto Martinez who carved the words faith, peace and love in one of the crosses, as well as parishioners and Boy Scout Troop 74. Many people volunteered for the project offering labor, meals for workers and spiritual support.

Affection for the garden has spread throughout the Good Shepherd community. Bonomi said parishioners kneel at the cross at all hours of the day praying, parents picking up their children drive by the site making the sign of the cross, and children recite the rosary there while at recess.

“Without the cross people lose sight of their Catholic faith and their union with Jesus,” Bonomi said.



From February 1, 2013 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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