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I  WILL  UNTO 

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THE ALTAR OF GOD 
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I WILL GO UNTO THE ALTAR OF GOD
A history of the Church cif the Blessed Sacrament
Written by Voiza O. Arnold
Cover Layout and Typing
Janet Wheeler Evelyn Sulley
TABLE  OF  CONTENTS 
Establishment  of  the . mission 
1956-1969  ..•..  5 
Growth  and  dis ruption 
A  summer  of  waiting 
Renewal  and  growth 
1969-1978  •...  20 
1978.  •  .  .  .  •  .  24 
1978 -1981  .  .  .  .  26 
Appendix  A:  Vitae  of  priests  33 
Appendix  B:  Points  of  inte re st  38 
Appendix  C:  Vestry  lists  ...  45 
SIGNIFICANT  DATES  IN  THE  HISTORY  OF 
THE  CHURCH  OF  THE  BLESSED  SACRAMENT 
First  planning  meeting  regarding  the  establ ishment  of  a 
mission  in  Placentia,  with  formal  petition  drawn  up  with 
sixteen  signatures.  Meeting  held  in  home  of  Hilmer  and 
Dorothy  Lodge,  15761  E.  Palm  Drive,  Placentia  January  30,  1956 
Permission  granted  to  form  a  mission  in  Placentia,  In 
letter  from  Bishop  Sloy  June  29,  1956 
First  Mass  of  the  Church  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament, 
celebrated  by  Father  Scully,  Founder  and  first  Vicar  October  7,  1956 
Dedication  of  the  land  December  7,  1957 
Groundbreaking  for  the  church  October  9,  1960 
First  Mass  in  the  church  Augus t  20,  1961 
Dedication  of  the  new  church  building  January  28,  1962 
Complet ion  of  the  Irethlehem  R.oom  late  1962 
Purchase  of  the  Vicarage  (later  the  Rectory)  1964 
Retirement  of  Father  Scully  Februa ry  28,  1969 
March  1,  1969 
Father  Couper  joins  the  staff 
November,  1973 
In  anticipation  of  the  attainment  of  parish  status,  the 
Vestry  names  Father  Scully  "Rector  Emeritus" 
January  22,  1976 
Attainment  of  parish  status  /  Father  Rasch  becomes 
first  Rector 
March  16,  1976 
Parish  Hall  completed  and  named  "Scully  Hall" 
October  13,  1976 
Division  of  the  congregation  and  resignation  of  Father  Rasch 
March  1,  1978 
Father  Rasch  becomes  second  Vicar 
Father  Couper  maintains  services  for  the  remnant  of  the 
parish  during  the  search  for  a  Rector 
March  - October,  1978 
Father  Baumann  becomes  second  Rector 
October  15,  1978 
Father  Scully's  50th  anniversary  of  ordination 
to  the  priesthood 
May  31,  1981 
The  church's  si Iver  anniversary  celebrated  with  the 
consecration  of  the  church 
September  27,  1981 
o SEND OUT THY LIGHT AND THY TRUTH..
THAT THEY MAY LEAD ME •••
Psalm 43
Even today in 1981 there are large portions of Yorba Linda and Brea
which retain a country-like, small-town flavor. Indeed, much of the
land is still zoned for horses, goats, rabbits, and chickens. Pla-
centia, bordering both cities on their southern and western rims has
only made the transition from groves of lemons, oranges, and avo-
cados to tracts of homes in the last fifteen years. Imagine this
area twenty-five years ago when the nucleus of families desiring to
establish a mission of the Episcopal Church in this section of Orange
County first met. Certainly they were pioneers geographically as
well as spiritually. They were bound together not only by their
comparative isolation from the churches in the south county, but
also by their desire to form a parish centered around the Anglo-
Catholic tradition.* They were aided in this desire by the mercurial
growth of Orange County, growth which was becoming increasingly
apparent to the Diocese as well as those presenting their petition
to the Diocese requesting permission to establish a mission. In
January of 1956, the group met at the home of Dorothy and Hilmer
Lodge on Palm Drive in Placentia to draft its petition. Enclosed
in the petition was the list of sixteen male names residing in the
Placentia, Yorba Linda, and Brea areas then required by the Diocese,
including those of Hilmer Lodge, Clyde M. Daniels, and Chester Palmer.
Other names to be important in the early growth of the Mission, such
as Thompson, Dalessi, and Maurer did not appear on the list simply
because they resided in Fullerton. The Diocese responded to their
request by saying that Orange County was currently being assessed
as to its need for new parishes; by June 29, 1956 they had theoffic-
ial approval of the Bishop and the Standing Committee. After the
first official meeting of the mission several businessmen donated
* Anglo-Catholicism is a tradition within the Anglican Communion
emphasizing devotion to God through the beauty of worship, the
practice and teaching of the undivided Church, and continuity with
the Apostles. Anglo-Catholic, or "High Church, 11 practices at this
time embellish the rituals of the Episcopal Church from medieval,
Roman Catholic, and other sources.
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As these two one a 195? budget and the other
a list for a parish potluck somewhere around the same show -
Some things have changed lot!
THE EPISCOPAL CHURC!i OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Placentia, Yorba Linda
PROPOSED BUDGED FOR 1957
Vicar's salary - $400.00
Pension fund - 0 .. 60.00

Vicar's auto allowance :300.00
Utilities for vioarage :300.00
Rent for vicarage 100 .00
Office expense • 300.00
Altar expense 70.00
Diocesan assessment . • :300.00
Church School material 65.00
Every Member Canvass 20.00
Treasurer's bond .• 5.00
Payment on land - per year. :3,000.00
Payment on proposed buildings, (church,
and par1sh   - per year .10,000.00
Total proposed $15,000.00
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••• while some things never change!
Some of the names may be different but the food's the same

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money to buy one hundred folding chairs (which are still in use),
Mrs. Blanche Bagnall Garfield volunteered the Bagnall Ranch r e   r ~ ­
tion hall for church services, and Hilmer Lodge constructed a
portable altar. Mr. Clyde Daniels was appointed treasurer and
Dorothy Lodge wrote to the Diocesan Altar Guild reQuesting basic
altar supplies; (these included: one fair linen, two corporals,
one pall, one chalice veil, four purificators, two lavabo towels,
and one burse and veil of each color). In replying to Mrs. Lodge's
letter, Mrs. F. L. Capers, Diocesan Altar Guild Directress, bemoaned
the fact that then, as now, "we find it very difficult to get anyone
to do white work." Perhaps the most important eQuipment to arrive
from the Diocese was human in form: Bishop Francis Eric Bloy
selected Father Ernest W. S. Scully to be vicar to the new mission.
On October [, 1956 the new mission celebrated its first Mass, mark-
ing the union which was destined to make a permanent landmark in
the city of Placentia, and in the hearts of many. This date was
to be kept in later years as the parish's "Feast of Dedication."
At the initial meeting of the new mission held early in 1956 the
handwritten minutes suggest that several names for the mission
were being considered for eventual submission to and approval by
the Bishop. One of Father Scully's first acts as vicar was to
settle this Question by selecting and sticking to the name of
Blessed Sacrament. He desired that the focus of worship in the
new body be Eucharistically centered.
The man chosen by Bishop Bloy to lead the new mission in the first
crucial months of its development was a fighter. A small, compact
man, Father Scully is one of those people who except for white
hair and a few >-lTinkles looks the same at nearly eighty as he did
at twenty or at forty. Although diffident and somevlhat reserved,
he is tenacious in his goals and stalwart in his beliefs and
opinions, Qualities which illustrate his Scottish background and
parentage. Certainly they were attributes which were to stand
the newly-formed mission in good stead during the next fel, years.
Born Ernest William Syme Scully on December 30, 1901 in Glasgow,
Scotland (which explains, perhaps, his choice of St. Andrew as a
favorite saint), he found himself in seminary at Nashotah House
in Wisconsin where he was ordained a priest in 1931. Serving a
tbtal of five parishes in the states of Wisconsin, Indiana, and
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Illinois between the years of 1930-42, Father Scully joined the Air
Force as a chaplain during World War II and served until 1946,
eventually finding himself in the Westchester area of Los Angeles
serving at the Anglo-Catholic Church of the Holy Nativity until
shortly before he was appointed
1956. During this period he vras
as Vicar of Blessed Sacrament in
filling-in at Saint Mary of the
Angels for Father James
Jordan, the rector, who was
ill. Father Scully was asked
by Bishop Bloy to consider
coming to the ne',l mission
in Placentia and \.Thile he
was still in the process of
making up his mind he was
visited one Sunday by two
ladies from the new mission,
Beth Patterson and Shirley
Nissen. After church they
took him out to breakfast
and asked him to please
come to the new mission;
they had heard of his work
at Holy Nativity and wanted
someone Hith a clearly
Anglo-Catholic background.
Father Scully recalls that
one of them said, "We are
really burgeoning out ther e!
We have 1100 people (in the
city of Placentia) and
Father Scully and wife Dorothy (on his right) could raise $1500 at the
  ~ t with parishions (from left to right)
drop of a hat!" He had
Sh"rley Hopper, her mother Shirley Nissen,
the impression that the
Beth Patterson and Mia Skinner outside the
Bethlehem c:hape l. women thought that this
sum would pay for the land.
Needless to say he was a
bit more sceptical.
Although this visit was not decisive for Father Scully, he
remembers it fondly as his first contact with people who were to
become his parishioners at the new mission. Indeed, it was at
this church that he was to find the culminating ministry of his
career, as he shaped the parish from its very inception. Its
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pari shi oners came to love the feisty Scotsman whose energetic
exterior hid a poet whose dedicat ion to the Blessed Sacrament he
shaped int o a poem:
THE  BREAD  OF  LIFE 
At  early  dawn  I  left  my  bed 
Refreshed  in  body  and  in 
And  went  to where  His  Altar  spread 
A  Banquet  for us  human  kind. 
And  there  I  found  myself 
But  for  the  priest  to say  the  Mass; 
And  Him  upon  His  Altar   
with  saints  to sing  the  glorias. 
My  Blessed  Lord  I  t here  received 
To  strengthen  and 
And  knew  my  heart  to be  relieved 
with  promise  of  His  heavenly  goal . 
To  daily  task  I  then  set 
what e 'er  that  task  might  bring  to me 
Of  or earthly 
ray  Sacrament  wou ld  strengthen  me. 
And  at  my  bed  at  fal l  of night 
I  knelt  in  fervent  prayer; 
And  knew  that  until  morning  light 
My  Lord  and  God  would  still  be  there. 
Cl early Bless ed Sacrament had received someone very special
in the person of Ernest Scully.
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• • • AND BRING ME UNTO THY HOLY HILL, AND TO THY DWELLING . • •
Fat her Scully 's sense of t he ultimate destiny and immediate move-
ment of the fledgling mission were very clear, right fr om t he
beginning. Nowhere i s this more clearly illustrated than i n a
lett er, dated Oct ober 10 , 1956, to Canon Billig, Executive Assis-
tant t o the Bishop, three days after the first Mas s was celebrated.
He says t o Canon Billig:
What with moving, getting the house in some semb1ence
of order, a meeting or two, and the first service
last Sunday there has not been much time to get out
an informal word or two as to prospects for the future,
plans, and hopes.
The first service of the Church of the Blessed
Sacrament was the Holy Eucharist last Sunday, the
Nineteenth after Trinity, at 10:30, in the Bagnall
Rancho Recreation Building. There were ninety persons
present, with fifty communions, and the offering (only)
  dollars. There were people from the three
immediate communities of Yorba Linda, Brea, and Placentia,
and a fe,,, from Fullerton, and Whittier.
It was a most happy occasion and certainly "Eucharist"
is the only word which fully expresses the feelings of
everyone, and despite the fact that arrangements had to
be made with many makeshifts, there was a sense of per-
manenc e with the congregation responding in its parts
of the service with strong voice, and together. We had
no music since we had no hymnals, but even this did not
dampen the enthusiasm. Of course, much of the pleasure
was over the turn out of so many people in response to
the publicizing of the first service, but over and above
this was a sense of gratitude to God for this beginning
of what promises to be a good work.
And now we must go to work to bring about a fulfillment
of this promise, and tonight there will be the first of
the sessions of a School of Religion which will meet
for instruction in the Faith and practice of the Church.
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This  will  be  for  adults.  There  will  be  a class  for 
Confirmation  instruction  for  the  youngsters  on  Saturday 
mornings.  We  have  a number  of  candidates  in  both  age 
groups,  and  should  have  a reasonable  number  to present 
to the  Bishop  for  our first  class  sometime  next  fall. 
It is clear from the very beginning that the question of land
was a crucial one. Having obtained the promise of $15,000 worth
of assistance from the Diocese, Father Scully and the Bishop's
Committee set about its search for a suitable spot, large enough
for a church, parish hall, and eventual day school. Meanwhile
the congregation met in the Lodges' recreation room for 7:30 a.m.
Sunday Mass, and moved to the Bagnall Ranch (located at what is
now the southeast corner of Kraemer and Golden) for the 10:30 a.m.
service where worshippers were often surrounded by decorations
left from a Saturday night party. Father Scully says that there
was a vine in a window over the spot where the altar was situated,
and that some of the quieter places in the Christmas Midnight Mass
where deeper devotion was called for would be punctuated frequently
with sharp intakes of breath
from the congregation as a
rat would suddenly appear
and run across the vine.
Mid-week Masses, confes-
sions, and confirmation
classes were held at the
vicarage, an old Placentia
ranch house, mmed by the
Harold Lang family and
located on Carolina Avenue
(nmT Kraemer Avenue).
~   i s old house was appar-
ently occupied by a
poltergei s t whose favorite
trick was to turn clear
water in the shower into
a muddy, rust-colored
substance . Thankfully by
1957, three acres at the
corner of Morse and Angelina
A  typical  Sunday  Mass  held  in  the  Bethlehem  Chapel.  were purchased from Jack 
Crosley, to be followed 
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later by the acquisition of two more acres. Having arrived at the
"promised land," formal dedication of the grounds occurred on
Dec ember 7, 1957.
In the interlude between the acquisition of property and the con-
struction of the present church building in 1960 makeshift
arrangements needed t o be made. A building which had done earlier
service as a horse barn on the Daniels' property was restored
by the men of the congregation. Arthur Maurer who constructed
the east wall behind the crucifi x in the present church did the
same in the makeshift chapel. The first Mass in the chapel was
celebrated on Palm Sunday of 1958. Although it was sometimes
j okingly referred to as "St . Barnabas Chapel," an only slightly
veiled allusion t o its humble origins, this building came to be
called the "Bethlehem Chapel," reminding those who worshipped
there, both visitors and parishioners, of that first stable in
the town of Bethlehem, s i gnaling both the birth of -Jesus and the
birth of one of its missions. Indeed, nowhere was the name of
Blessed Sacrament more appropriate than in its temporary chapel
named f or Bethlehem - or "the house of bread," translated fr om
Hebre"l-r.
The present church building.
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The  question  of  the 
permanent  church  building 
was  a  more  complicated  one, 
and  it was  to  be  two  years 
before  ground  could  be 
broken.  Father  Scully 
and  the  Bishop's  Committee 
busied  themselves  gathering 
money,  architects,  permits, 
and  all  the  paraphernalia 
necessary  for  so  large  a 
task .  An  architect  was 
chosen,  Everett  Childs, 
and  designs  submitted  for 
approval .  At  this  stage 
Father  Scully  showed  his 
Scotch  stubborness  by 
confronting  the  Diocese 
which  wanted  the  mission 
to  construct  an  all-
The  new.  Church  is  dedicated  on  a  rainy, 
but  prop&tious  Sunday  (January  28,  1962) 
purpose  parish  hall  before 
it  constructed  the  church 
building  proper.  His  answer  to  their  request  was  a  flat  "no." 
Blessed  Sacrament  would  have  its  church  first  and  continue  using 
the  Daniels'  farm  buildings  for  a  parish  hall.  This  hurdle  over-
come,  the  ground  breaking  was  held  October  9,  1960.  The  building 
was  to  be  completed  in  less  than  a  year  and  on  August  20,  1961  the 
first  Mass  was  celebrated,  with  the  dedication  held  on  January  28, 
1962.  The  congregation  was  home  at  last! 
The  next  hurdle  faced  by  the  congregation  was  yet  another  building 
project.  Father  Scully  explained  the  situation  in  a  letter  to 
Canon  Noble  L.  Owings,  Executive  Assistant  to  the  Bishop,  dated 
April  6,  1962: 
Things  have  been  so  quiet  about  here  for  the  past 
several  months,  except  for  the  every  day  activities 
of  a  busy  mission  church,  that,  if I  were  given  to 
portents,  I  would  have  known  that  this  was  a  calm 
before  a  storm. 
As  you  know  for  the  past  three  years  we  have  been 
blessed  with  the  free  use  of  the  farm  buildings  of 
Mr. and Mrs. Daniels. Now the axe which has hung
over our heads, the sale of this property, has
finally fallen. We must vacate the building the
latter part of June. This leaves us with no place
to house our church school, and we are faced with
the necessity of considering the possibility of
going into another building program.
He goes on to say that the estimated cost will be around
fifteen thousand dollars and (like a good Priest, he always
asks) could the Diocese help with yet another loan. Money
matters worked out and the building which presently houses the
kitchen, Bethlehem Room and nursery was constructed that same
year.
Joan Sive and baby Valerie chat with   v · ~ e SuUey and babu Beth in the ol d parish hall,
which is now the Nursery and Bethlehem Room.
GOOD SCRIPT-Smiling over lines in Episcopal Thf'at er Guild script read by ,"Irs.
Clyde Daniels are, from right, Mmes. lack Wilson, Arthur Maurer and H. G. Ladge.
The play is part of a benefit show for Placentia Church of Blessed Sacrament. 1957
'Ilmeg photo
The final major building acquisition of Father Scully's ministry
came in 1964 in the form of the present Rectory (then Vicarage)
on Annajeanne Drive directly behind and to the north of the church
lot, made possible through the gift of the down payment and
financing of the l oan by a parishioner. In less than ten years
Father Scully and his pioneer congregati on had put together vith
love, time, energy and faith a beautiful physical plant as witness
to the Catholic Faith. Indeed, the growth necessitated the
services of an ass i st ing priest, Father Richard Lockwood from
1967-69.
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During these eight years
the common life of the
parish had developed just
as the buildings had. The
Altar Guild was formed in
1957 as had St. Elizabeth's
Guild, a group which was
prove an indomitable and
indefatigable fund-raiser
in the years to come.
The standard rummage
sales, bake sales, and
bazaars were interspersed
with more imaginative
endeavors such as two
productions in 1957 and
1958 sponsored by St.
Elizabeth's and staged
by the Episcopal Theatre
Guild, an organization
uf professional actors
Mary DaLessi in oostume for st.
GuiLd Fashion Show, June 1963.
ELizabeth's
(also Episcopalians)
including such well-
known names as Robert
Young and Barbara Baines, ,.,rho would donate proceeds from program
advertising and ticket sales to the mission or parish hosting
them. The Guild also catered wedding receptions in the Bethlehem
Room to raise money. The Adults' Club provided opportunities for
fellowship . . The parish sent items to service men during the
Vietnamese War and sponsored an Indonesian family. Money was
sent to buy sheep for the Indians in Bluff, Utah as well as
clothing, a contact revived in 1981 with yet another trip with
clothing in tow.
In short, when Father Scully announced his retirement in 1969;
he had achieved all and more than he had been sent by his Bishop
to do. He had not only fed his flock, but he had seen them well-
housed; he had ministered to both their physical and their
spiritual needs.
In one of the final newsletters which Father Scully sent out to
his parish (dated November, 1968) he included the following
editorial summing up not only his years at Blessed Sacrament,
but his years as a priest. He says, liAs I write this I am
reflecting nearly thirty-eight years of being a priest. These
have been joyous years, the joys far outstripping the pains and
anxieties, although there were these intrusions." He goes on to
say that his years as a priest have consisted in touching the lives
of many people, most of whom "... but for the fact that our Blessed
Lord had granted me the privilege of being a priest I would never
have met '" and so my life would have been most dreary and drab
by comparison." He admits in his letter that the future holds
"... many imponderables, some of which cause me concern from a
personal standpoint, II but he cites the ",ords from the preparation
before the Mass, "0 put thy trust in God, for I will yet give Him
thanks, "rhich is the help of my countenance and my God. " Although
he is "... not unmindful of the fact that I will no longer have the
enjoyment of the close association \{hich has characterized our
life together for the past twelve years ... " he reminds his flock
that they will continue to be present in his memories and in his
daily prayers. He concludes by reminding them of their continued
responsibility to grow spiritually, "This places a great respon-
sibility upon everyone of you, for as you gain in spiritual
strength there will be more and more demanded of you."
Patronal Festivals often took on the flavor of old time carnivals.
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Father Scully and Dorothy left Blessed Sacrament for Mission Viejo
and a well deserved rest in retirement, but needless to say he
did not leave the hearts and memories of the parish he helped to
found and the people to whom he had spent his life ministering. In
1976, which marked the twentieth year of his first coming to Blessed
Sacrament and the forty-fifth anniversary of his ordination as a
priest he was designated as Rector Emeritus of Blessed Sacrament by
resolution of the vestry. A copy of this resolution has been placed
in the parish hall. A portrait of Father Scully, painted by parish"...
ioner George Doherty, also hangs in the parish hall, re-named in
his honor in 1978 as Scully Hall. This year, 1981, Father Scully
celebrates both the twenty-fifth anniversary of Blessed Sacrament
and the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
His career in the service of his Lord brings to mind the concluding
words of that 1968 farewell ne1iTsletter, "Nothing worth having is
ever bought at a cheap price, for it is only as we have sacrificed
that we appreciate what we have received."
An early Confirmation Clas s in the newly completed church building.
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AND UPON THE HARP WILL I GIVE THANKS UNTO
THEE 0  G O   ~ MY GOD .  .  . 
Father Rasch's birthday, 1974
When  Anthony  Frank  Rasch  came  to  Blessed  Sacrament  in  1969,  he 
inherited . from  Father  Scully  a  thriving  parish  which  greeted  him 
warmly.  He  very  quickly  made  it  clear  that  he  wished  to  continue 
the  traditional  kind  of  worship  in  the  Anglo-Catholic  mode, 
established  by  Father  Scully  and  the  founders  of  the  mission. 
Under  his  leadership  the  parish  was  to  continue  its  growth,  both 
in  numbers  of  communicants  and  in  the  size  of  its  physical  plant. 
This  time  period  was  also  to  mark  the  end  of  Blessed  Sacrament  as 
a  mission;  on  March  16,  1976  the  Church  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament 
became  a  Parish.*  Teas  at  the  Vicarage  became  teas  at  the  Rectory; 
the  Bishop's  Committee  became  the  Vestry. 
Brought  up  as  a  Roman 
Catholic,  Father  Rasch 
took  a  circumferential 
route  to  the  Anglican 
priesthood,  exploring 
many  other  religions 
upon  the  way.  After 
acknowledging  his  call 
to  the  priesthood  and 
attending  seminary  in 
England,  he  vlaS  duly 
ordained  and  eventually 
installed  at  Blessed 
Sacrament.  He  began 
his  ministry  on  a 
positive  note.  A  young 
and  attractive  man,  he 
seemed  particularly  able 
to  relate  to  the  older 
*  The  Diocesan  rule  for  advancing  to  Parish  Status  included  three 
stipulations: 
1)  Three  years  of  complete  self-support,  including  being 
current  on  all  assessments  and  loans. 
2) 
3) 
Maj or  building  erected  or  well  on  the  way. 
Church  must  be  able  to  offer  a  stipend  at  least  $1,000 
over  the  minimum  pay  for  vicars. 
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parishioners, assuaging their fears that he would attempt to over-
turn all that Father Scully had accomplished. This was not to be
the case; indeed, Father Rasch spent the time between 1969 and 1976
in embellishing, refining and expanding the physical plant that
Father Scully had put together. Between 1971 and 1975 new chancel
furniture and a new altar carpet were installed, the shrines of St.
Joseph and St. Mary were refurbished and dedicated, the Holy Rood
Scene was installed, and the poly-chromed Stations of the Cross
hung. After a mysterious fire in the chancel area in November of
1969 which destroyed the electronic organ, twelve ranks of pipes
were installed along with a too-small console, ultimately replaced
in 1981.
Along with the general refurbishment of the church building itself,
it was becoming ~ u i   k l y apparent that the Bethlehem Room was too
small to serve the needs of the growing number of parishioners,
many of whom had small children. The area which is now the office
was serving as a very cramped nursery, while the present "workroom"
was a cheerless and cluttered office. The staff had been expanded
to include three "worker" priests, Father James Sigmund in 1972,
Father Clive Couper in 1973, and Father Don Seeks in 1975, all of
w.bom assisted in the Sunday services. Father Sigmund had come to
Blessed Sacrament from a parish in the Southwest. A somewhat
rotund man, he possessed an informal, jocular manner which proved
a marked complement to Father Rasch's personable formality. Per-
haps best remembered for the extemporaneous manner of his sermon
delivery, he left Blessed Sacrament in 1977 prior to Father Rasch
and was eventually established in a parish of his own in Barstow
in 1978. Father Donald Seeks, a tall, robust man who combined
warmth and friendliness with a personal spiritual commitment to
Christ, brought with him a strong interest in youth ministry. He
enriched the church by providing an active, enthusiastic youth
fellowship and his faith and dedication inspired many young people
from Blessed Sacrament as well as other parishes. He remained
until Easter of 1977 when he accepted a call to be vicar of a
mission in Woodlake, California. Father Couper, a retired engineer
turned priest, had a spiritual vigor and enthusiasm which was to
serve this parish well in the future. In short, the growth of the
parish had led to the need to expand the present one-room, all-
purpose parish hall to include a larger nursery, more restroom
facilities, and a larger room for church school and social activ-
ities. In November of 1975 ground was broken for the new building
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which was to be completed and dedicated October 13, 1976; in March
of 1976 Blessed Sacrament became a Parish. In September of that
same year the National Convention of the Episcopal Church took steps
which were to endanger the very life of the parish. The ministry
which Father Rasch had begun on such a positive note began to take
on a more severe and gloomy tone, ironically at the same time that
the parish was at the strongest in its history, having attained
parish status and once again entering into an ambitious building
program.
• •• WHY ART THOU SO H E   V Y ~ 0 MY SOUL? AND
WHY ART THOU SO DISQUIETED WITHIN ME? •
Having survived the political activism of the sixties, the National
Church was under increasing pressure from two groups: those wishing
the ordination of women to the priesthood, and those desiring the
revision of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. At the November conven-
tion in 1976, both groups achieved their goals--women were allowed
to be ordained to the priesthood and a proposed new prayer book was
accepted with permanent adoption scheduled for September of 1979.
To many of those at Blessed Sacrament both these steps signaled
anathema, and served as signs of spiritual weakness invading the
Church from purely secular forces of equal rights and textual modern-
ization. As a parish it had always been both traditional and "high"
in its mode of worship, utilizing the more complex and enriched
Anglican Missal in its service rather than even the 1928 Book of
Common Prayer. This reaction against the movements of the National
Church drew similar response from other scattered groups and talk
of separation from the Episcopal Church became, if not pervasive,
at least not uncommon.
Father Rasch who from the beginning had been in the middle of such
controversy gradually found himself in the camp of those most con-
cerned with action against the National Church. Two of his closest
friends were priests who found themselves involved similarly in
their parishes. The question became for many not whether to leave
the National Church, but when and how . By 1977 four such parishes
in the Los Angeles area (Our Savior, St. Matthias, St. Mary of the
Angels, Holy Apostles) had broken with the National Church, taking
with them a majority of parish members, and were involved in liti-
gation with the Diocese of Los Angeles over their parish property.
This was not to be the case at Blessed Sacrament for several reasons.
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Perhaps  the  most  important  of  these  reas ons  was  that,  unlike  the 
other  parishes  who  had  a  clear  mandate  from  their  congregations  in 
the  form  of  a  majority  opinion  of  some  sort,  the  issue  never  came 
to  a  vote.  Despite  the  fact  that  much  discussion  took  place,  formally 
and  informally,  and  meetings  on  the  Proposed  Book  of  Common  Prayer 
took  the  place  of  Bible  study,  it became  increasingly  clear  that  while 
many  did  not  approve  the  actions  of  the  National  Church  or  often  of 
our  own  Diocese,  this  did  not  mean  that  they  wished  to  leave  the 
Church.  Likewise,  those  wishing  to  leave  became  more  and  more  im-
patient.  Perhaps  most  unfortunate  were  those  who  were  alienated  by 
a  parish  in  contention  and  simply  stopped  coming  at  all.  Blessed 
Sacrament  found  itself  in  the  Fall  of  1977  at  an  impasse.  Compli-
cating  the  issue  of  "to  leave  or  not  to  leave"  was  the  very  concrete 
fact  that  the  church  buildings  belonged  quite  clearly  to  the  Diocese 
and  any  legal  fight  for  them  would  ultimately  result  in  their  loss. 
In  the  Spring  of  1978,  the  group  wishing  to  leave  drew  itself  to-
gether,  and  meeting  outside  Blessed  Sacrament  issued  a  call  to 
Father  Rasch  to  become  their  rector,  naming  themselves  the  Church  of 
Saint  Mary  Magdalene  and  associating  themselves  with  other  groups 
vTho had  banded  together  under  the  name  of  "The  Anglican  Church  of 
North  America." 
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o PUT THY TRUST IN GOD: FOR I WILL YET GIVE HIM  
WHICY IS THE HELP OF MY   AND MY GOD .
Undoubtedly any Hollywood casting director vould be delighted if
Clive Richard Hamilton Couper vere to "\v'alk into his office to
audition for the part of an English vicar in some mystery movie.
Tall, veIl-built, vith vhite hair and gentlemanly bearing, Father
Couper is veIl loved by all vho meet him. It is hard to imagine
that this very sincere and affable man spent the early part of
his life as an arthritic invalid and only came to the priesthood
some nine years ago. During the transition period betveen Father
Rasch's departure and the arrival of his successor, Father Couper
vas to provide more than just the picture of a priest, hovever;
he vas to provide the on-going Eucharistic center of Sunday vor-
ship vhich vould enable the once again small congregation to
continue its vitness to God vhile searching for a nev leader.
Indeed, in Father Couper, Blessed Sacrament had found a man much
like St. Joseph is often thought to have been: a supportive and
loyal man, vaiting in the background to serve vhen called, an
exemplary husband and father, vho very fittingly had vood-vorking
as a hobby. The needs of his family delayed Father Couper's call
to the priesthood and it vas only when the last of four children
had graduated from college that he entered Bloy House.* Born in
Rome, Italy, June 20, 1913, (his mother and father vere both art
students vho met in Paris) Father Couper spent his early years
in New York City, moving to Santa Barbara vhen he vas tvelve.
Plagued by ill health and arthritis as a child and young man, it
vas only after age hlenty-five that he vas able to lead something
resembling a normal life. He met Louisa Victoria Prill in Santa
Barbara and they vere married there on December 21, 1940. After a
brief stint in the Army, Father Couper took the engineering train-
ing he had received and began a career vhich culminated in a move
to Fullerton in 1958 to vork for Hughes Aircraft until he retired
in 1970. It vas at this time that he began attending Bloy House
and received his Certificate of Theological Schooling in 1972.
* Bloy House, located in Claremont, is an institution devoted to
the education of those established in secular jobs vho vish to
pursue a theological education. Completion of a four year
program of veekend study is sufficient for ordination.
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During his years in Fullerton he had become active at St. Andrew's
Church, being confirmed in 1960 and continuing on to become a lay
reader and member of the vestry, answering a felt call to God
through a lay ministry which led eventually to Bloy House and to
Blessed Sacrament in October of 1973.
Four and one-half years later he found himself surrounded by a
nucleus of remaining parishioners, united in their common goal
of finding a new priest and keeping together those who had re-
mained until that job was accomplished. Father Couper offered
the services, and the parish offered the fellowship, hosting
picnics and barbecues which are remembered still for their warmth
and hospitality. In many ways those who remained at Blessed
Sacrament that summer became a very close family, as is often the
case when trouble or bad luck strikes. The vestry provided leader-
ship and everyone prayed for a happy ending to what had been a
very emotionally draining experience for all concerned.
"Colonel" Joe FZandeT's, head chef, POUT'S some of his famous "Mr>s. Blassingame's"
baT'becue sauce on t ~   chicken as Doug MUiT'head turns and Dave Heil
and K& tty SpaT'T'OW look on and away.
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AND THAT I MAY GO UNTO THE ALTAR OF G O   ~
EVEN UNTO THE GOD OF MY JOY AND GLADNESS • • •
As a boy of twelve David Michael Baumann first felt the call to
Christ which was to result some ten years later in his entering
the Anglican Theological College, Vancouver, British Columbia,
in September, 1970. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley,
Father David was, he recalls, always active in the Church, never
rebelling against it, as many do, during his teen or college
years. During his later school years he cultivated interests
in astronomy, logic, fantasy literature, gymnastics, music com-
position, archery, and history_ It was shortly before his
graduation from UCLA with a mathematics major that he became
firmly convinced of his call to the priesthood. It was also at
this time that he met his wife, Sherri, a theatre major, who
married him in June of 1971. Completing his Master of Divinity
in 1973, he was ordained deacon in September of 1973 , and priest
in March of the next year.
After a fifteen-month stint as curate of St. Clement's Church,
San Clemente, Father David became the first curate of St.
Anselm's Church, Garden Grove in February of 1975, later be-
coming assistant to the rector, Father Samir Habiby, and
eventually priest-in-charge, upon the rector's resignation
to become Executive Director of the Presiding Bishop's Fund
For World Relief. St. Anselm's offered him many kinds of
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preparation for his later ministry at Blessed Sacrament. Because
Father Habiby was very active in diocesan affairs, and consequently
often absent from the parish he left a great deal of the actual
parish work to Father David. The establishment of the Indochinese
Refugee Resettlement Center at St. Anselm's made it a focus for
many diocesan as well as national and international activities.
Father David often coordinated the visits of dignitaries, both
lay and clerical. In short, he grew in his abilities as admin-
istrator and politician, two important qualities in any good priest.
He grew also in the area of personal spirituality, that third
important quality so necessary in a priest. While at seminary in
Canada he had very quickly attached b.imself to the "Anglo-Catholic"
group of traditionalists, who paradoxically provided the seminary's
non-ritualistic majority with a "radical" wing. Developing simul-
taneously an interest in liturgy and in theology, particularly
that of the early Anglican Church, Father David during his years
at Garden Grove, where he was, for all intents and purposes a
"closet" Anglo-Catholic, found himself evolving towards a concept
of the Church which was neither "Anglo" nor "Roman" but truly
Catholic, in every important sense of that word. It was this
concept of the Church as a Catholic body which was to provide the
means for healing the broken and scarred fabric of the Church of
the Blessed Sacrament.
Father David brought with him the
institution of the   I oe Cream Festival"
here enaot ed by the Episoopal Young Churohmen
in 1980.
When Father David came
to Blessed Sacrament in
October of 1978 he came
not to a house divided
but to a house shrunken
to a shadow of its former
self. Over half of the
active members had left
with Father Rasch's
group while probably
half again as many had
simply faded away to
other churches or to
secular disillusionment.
The remaining core of the
shrunken house, minis-
tered to by Father Couper
awaited its vestry's choice of a priest. Led by its senior warden
Doug Muirhead, and supported in its search by the Diocese, the
vestry maintained its integrity and unity during this very trying
period. The choice of a new priest, never an easy task, was, of
course especially important to Blessed Sacrament, in its emaciated
state, financially, emotionally and spiritually. When Father
David arrived with his new son Benjamin, born the preceding July,
and his wife Sherri to move into the Rectory and into the life of
Blessed Sacrament he was greeted with joy and enthusiasm, permeated
by hidden reservations. His ministry of healing had begun.
Father David is a slightly-built man, whose youth and physical
stature belie the strength of purpose and determination which are
hallmarks of his personality. Good humor, warmth and patience
blended with devotional sincerity and a regard for duty make him a
priest both to respect and to confide in . He began his task of
preserving the traditions of Blessed Sacrament, while at the same
time providing a fertile ground for new growth and change. Under
his tutelage the parish has tripled from an initial core of 150
to over 375 members in just three years. Supported by a congre-
gation committed to renewal through warm fellowship and traditional
services, Blessed Sacrament is entering the decade of the 80's
stronger than ever before. This renewal and revitalization can be
seen in every aspect of parish life, including the various guilds
and organizations, the physical plant, evangelism and outreach,
and most importantly, the services offered to the glory of God.
Indeed, all of these things culminate in the essence of Father
David's sense of what the Catholic faith is all about. For
Father David, and for Blessed Sacrament, the Catholic faith is
one which permeates all aspects of each and every parishioner's
life. Above all things it is incarnational and sacramental,
preserving a dignified   defined and shaped by a sense of
its Apostolic roots and history. It is incarnational because it
sees the material world as a gift of God, created by God, and
therefore, good; it is sacramental because it sees within the
material world God has given us, the means of grace and a
consequent return of man to God. A dignified liturgy means more
than simply the use of incense or vestments; it suggests that we
continually offer to God the very best that we have, and that
underlying the movements of the service itself is an intense and
personal sense of the presence of God fostered by Spirit-filled
prayer life and a deep personal commitment to Christ. This
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prayer life is in turn fed by scriptural studies, by continual
learning about the tradition and history of the Church and buoyed
by an awareness of our partners in prayer, Saint Mary and the
Communion of Saints.
The lay ministries of Altar Guild, Junior Altar Guild, Lay Readers,
Acolytes, Chalice Bearers, Choirmaster and Choir, and Ushers,
enrich the service, while groups such as the Society of Mary and
the Prayer Chain offer all members an opportunity for deepening
our spiritual lives.
The expanded fabric of the lay participation in the services of
the Church extends to the area of fellowship to the area of fellow-
ship and outreach, particularly in services performed by the Guilds
and organizations of the parish. The needs of our youth are served
by our Christian Education program and the Episcopal Young Churchmen
group offers fellowship, service, and Bible studies for junior and
senior high school age. The Episcopal Churchwomen, or St. Eliza-
beth's Guild, continues to provide both fund-raisers and fellowship
opportunities for the women of the parish. In addition to the
yearly bazaar and rummage sale, quarterly Saturday meetings enable
working women to participate. Besides tithing portions of profits
to such places as Hillsides Home for Children and St. JUde's Ranch,
the Guild has made countless improvements to the physical plant of
the parish, including new concrete walk-ways, and kitchen renovations.
This group has also hosted ,nany lovely receptions for the parish.
Another group offering fellowship is the Saints and Sinners, pro-
viding potlucks, barbecues, and theatre parties, satisfying the
most eclectic of tastes. The parish as a whole has extended out-
reach to a Vietnamese refugee and to the Navajo Indians in Bluff,
Utah. We have grown in many ways since Father David came to us in
1978.
An yet, in just as many comforting and satisfying ways we are
still the same parish which started in a stable, and grew by love and
perseverence, to be a constant reminder of God's presence in the
world, and especially in our little corner of it.
And now we have come to the twenty-fifth year of our existence.
We have spent a year preparing and planning the celebration and
commemoration of this event. We have refurbished and renewed the
buildings and the grounds. We have been encouraged by our priests
and vestry to renew and refurbish, with God's help, ourselves
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spiritually as well. We have tried in our preparation to
duplicate that sense of dedication and mission felt by those who
gathered together in the Bethlehem Chapel a quarter of a century
before, those who envisioned the walls which now surround us.
Their work and commitment erected those first buildings; our work
and commitment will continue that promise and make it grow . On
the day of dedication we will gather in Scully Hall with the Bishop
and our priests and join together in one great procession to the
doors of the church, and as the doors open we will each of us feel
in our hearts the words sung by the choir, based on Psalm 43.
"Open me the Gates of Righteousness that I may go in and give
thanks to the Lord!"
Parish life at Blessed Sacrament remains Eucharistically centered
And lively in warm fellowship .
The /I -ins /l and /loutr; /I of a Patr onal Fcst'ival
y
June 1.980
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APPENDICES 
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APPENDIX A:
Vitae for priests serving Blessed Sacrament
VITA FOR FATHER SCULLY
December 30, 1901 Born Ernest William Syme Scully
Glasgow, Scotland
~ a y   1930 Ordained deacon by Bishop Ivin s
1931 Received degree from Nasho tah House
Hay 31, 1931 Ordained priest by Bishop Ivin s
June 14, 1937 Married Dorothy Ann Bartlet t
1930-32 Vicar, St. James, West Bend, Wisconsin
1932-36 Priest-in-Charge, St. Mark s, Beave r Dam, .
Wisconsin
1936-39 Rector, St. James, Goshen. Indiana
1939-40 Vicar, St. Annis, Morrison , Illinois
1940-42 Priest-in-Charge, Grace, PontIac, Illinois
1942-46 Chaplain, United States Air Force
1945-56 Vicar, Holy Nativity, Westchester area of
los Angeles, Cal ifornia
1956-69 Vicar, Blessed Sacrament, Placentia,
Cal ifornia
January 22, 1976 Named Rector Emeritus, Blessed Sacrament
Parish, Placentia, Cal ifornia
favorite Saint: St. Andrew
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THERE  I S  NO  GOD! 
You  say  there  is  no  God? 
Then  why  pretend, 
Since  death's  the  end, 
That  this  I ife's  worth  the  pain 
Of  ceaseless  sea rch  for  gain? 
If  all  there  is  to  life 
Is  this  short  s pan 
For  marta I  man, 
Then  why  not  end  it  all 
And  save  ourselves  the  gal  I? 
But  I ife  i s  more  than  this! 
Hi  s  bitter  Cro ss 
Saved  man  from  loss 
Of  1ife,  and  gave  him  heart 
To  ga in  that  great  part. 
Christ  ro se  again  from  death! 
The  empty  tomb 
Dispel  led  the  gloom! 
Man  1ive s  forevermore! 
Our  Lord  the  sentence  bore. 
Ernest  Wi lliam  Syme  Scully 
THE  RETURN 
His  body  sagged,  hi s  knees  dropped  hard 
On  the  step  of  the  prie  dieu  sitting 
By  the  wal  I,  whereon  hung  the  shattered 
Crucifix;  smashed,  but  for  the  scarred 
Figure  of  the  Suffering  Servant.  Pitting 
The  strength  of  hi s  longing  against  the  battered 
Weakness  of  his  body,  he  1i f ~   d wet  eyes 
To  His,  and  against  the  noise  and  cries 
Of  the  fallen,  opened  his  I ips  and  prayed 
To  God,  in  all  the  anguish  of  his  heavy 
Heart.  "0  good  Jesu,  I  am  not  worthy 
Of  Thy  love;  though  I  am  forsaken  and  betrayed 
By  those,  who,  being  Caesars,  made  me  levy 
My  soul  against  their  appe tite  for  earthy 
Power  and  might.  Now,  my  soul  is  fal  len,  strayed 
From  Thy  command;  and  I  have  nowhere  to  turn 
But  to  Thee,  for  whom  my  soul  doth  yearn. 
"Thou,  who ,  no  matter  how  hard  the  way, 
Resisted  all  evil  that  in  Thy  Life 
I  too  might  have  1ife,  I ift  my  soul  again 
To  Thee,  that  I,  who  have  slaughtered  and  killed, 
By  Thy  Cross  and  agonizing  Passion,  may 
Receive  my  I ife,  repented,  freed  from  strife 
Of  evil,  purified  of  every  blot  of  sin  and  pain." 
The  soldier,  helples s  tool  of  beasts,  self-willed, 
Forgiven  by  Him  they'd  nailed  upon  a  tree. 
E.  w.  Scully 
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VITA  FOR  FATHER  RASCH 
August  18,  1939 
Born  Anthony  Frank  Rasch 
Los Angele5, California
1946 
Bapt lIed  In  ROO1an  Catholic  Church 
1949 
Conf Irmed  In  ROO1an  Catholic  Church 
Ju I y 9,  1961 
Received  Into  Episcopal  Church 
August  24,  1962 
BA,  California  State  University,  L.  A. 
1963-65 
Attended  College  of  the  Resurrect Ion 
Mlrfleld,  Yorkshire,  England  ' 
1965-66 
S.T.B.,  General  Theological  Seminary, 
New  York 
September  10,  1966 
Ordained  deacon  by  Bishop  Bloy 
March  II, 1967 
Ordained  priest  by  Bishop  Bloy 
1966-68 
Curate, St. Luke's of the Mountains,
La Crescenta, Cal ifornia
1968-69 
Associate  Rector,  St.  Luke's 
1969-78 
Rector,  Church  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament 
1978 
Became  Rector,  Church  of  St.  Mary  Magdalen, 
Angl  jean  Church  of  North  America 
Favorite  Saint:  St.  Mary  Magdalene 
Interests: 
cooking, 'WOrld travel, antiques, gardening, and
dabbl  ing  in  a  bit  of  real  estate. 
In  August  of  this  year  Father  Rasch,  when  asked  about  his  ministry  at  Blessed  Sacrament, 
responded  with  the  following  statement: 
Prior to coming to Blessed Sacroment, I had heard from Bishop Bloy that the
(then) mission had worked very hard and consistently to teach and maintain
the Faith revealed to us in Our Lord. In my letter of acceptance to the vestry
of Blessed Sacroment , I promised   ~ y the grace of God, that I shall  continue
with you to further this WOPk, building upon that solid Catholic foundation
which Father ScuZZy and youpselves have so very weZZ established."
Against a wave of increasing secu.Zarization, duping my pastorote the Church
of ths Blessed Sacroment continued to witness to the Catholic Faith. We grew
from a membership of about l25  to 280, drawing many of oup newel' members from
the immediate community, although several continued to be attracted to us from
BUProunding environs because the parish was continuing to hold to the Catholic
Faith, maintained dignified and reverent worship, steadfastly retained use of
the 928  Prayer Book, and preached the Gospel of Christ.
The General Convention of 1976  had a devastating effect upon many of us in
the Church. Some believed that it would be possible to reverse the decisions
of that Convention, some of us did not! After a year of prayerful reflection,
it  was my decision to resign from the rectorship of the parish and to w i t ~
from the opiscopal Church. I continue to have the deepest respect and affection
for those who decided to stay. Our problems were national and doctrinal, not
parochial or personal.
I cannot imagine what the future of the opiscopal Church shaZZ be. But I do
know that the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament are committed in their hearts
and souls to upholding the Catholic Faith, albeit ths national church situation
militates against the Faith at present. Father David Baumann is a long-time
personal friend and I am confident that he shaH minister to .the pastoral needs
of the flock and shaH, by the grace of God, do aZZ that he can to serve as
a faithful FPiest and Pastor. God bless you all. 
VITA  FOR  FATHER  COUPER 
June  20,  1913  Born  Clive  Richard  Hamil  ton  Couper 
Rome,  Italy 
December  21,  1940  t\a r r I ed  Lou  Isa  Vlet 0  r I.  P r I 1 I 
1941-43  Served  In  United  States  Army 
1958  Moved  to  Fullerton  and  accepted  Job  with 
Hughes 
1968  Received  BA  In  Philosophy,  CSUF 
1970  Retired  from  Hughes 
1972  Graduated  from  Bloy  House 
1972  Ordained  deacon  by  Bishop  Francis  Eric  Bloy 
1973  Ordained  priest  oy  Bishop  Bloy 
1972-73  Served deaconate at Church ·of the Messiah,
Canta Anal Cal ifornia
1973  Came to Blessed Sacrament as assisting
priest
Favorite  Sport;  BICYCLINGI 
favorite Hobby: woodworking
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VITA  fOR  fATHER  BAUMANN 
July  30,  1948  Born  Oavld  Michael    a u m ~ n n
Glendale,  California 
October  10 ,  1948  Baptized  at  St .  Athanaslu.'  Church, 
Los  Angeles,  California 
May  2 I,  1961  Confirmed at St. Hark's, Van Nuys
June,  1970  BA  In  Mathematic.  from  UCLA 
September,  1970  Entered  The  Anglican  Theological  College 
(later  Vancouver  School  of  Theology) 
Vancouve r, British Columbia. Canada
June  6,  1971  Married  Sheryl  May  Cassell 
1973  M.  Dlv.  In  Theology  from  Vancouver  School 
of  Theo logy 
September  15,  1973  Ordained  deacon  by  Bishop  Robert  C.  Rusack 
March  16,  1974  Ordained  priest  by  Bishop  Rusack 
September  16,  1973  - First curate at St. Clement's Church
Oecember  31,  1974  San Clemente, Cal ifornia
February  I,  1975  - Curate, then Assistant to the Rector, then
October  14,  1978  Prlest-in-Charge of St. Anselm' s, Carde n
Grove, Cal ifornia
July  3,  1978  Birth of first son, Benjamin Gray
October  15,  1978  Accepted call to Blessed Sacrament,
Placentia, California
Apr  i I  14,  1980  Birth of second son, Nicholas Brown
Favorite Saint: The  Blessed  Virgin  Mary 
Interests; astronomy, logic, fantasy 1 iterature, gymnastics,
music composition, archery, history.
fATHER  OAVID'S  10  HALLMARKS  OF  THE  CATHOLIC  fAITH 
I tIs: 
1 . Incarnat lanai and Sacramental
2.  Scripturally  based 
3.  SpIrit-filled 
it  offers: 
4.  a  dignif i ed  liturgy 
5.  my stica l  prayer  life 
6. devot ions to Mary and the Cc:wnmunion of Saints
7.  a  traditional  (historical)  heritage 
it  demands : 
8. a personal conversion to Christ
9. sharing the fa ith with others
10. f e ll owship with other Chri st ians
APPENDIX B: Points  of  Interest  at  Blessed Sacrament 
The  church  building  is  constructed  of  concrete  block,  with  a 
slate  floor  and  cathedral  beamed  ceiling.  The  design  incorporates 
the  traditi onal  areas  of  nave,  chancel,  and  sanctuary.  The 
stone wall behind  the  main  altar  was  desi gned  and  built  by  Arthur 
Maurer  who  was  assisted  in  the  construction  of  the  wall  and  the 
laying  of  the  slate  floor  by  several  of  the  men  from  the  congre-
gation.  The  main  altar is  cut  of  travertine  marble  and  contains 
a  bronze  tabernacle bearing  the  symbol  of  the  Sacred  Host  and 
Chalice  for  the  Reserved  Sacrament.  The  Chi Rho symbol  on  the 
front  of  the  altar  was  designed  by  Barbara  Scully,  Father  Scully's 
daughter.  The  Cross design  on  the  chancel  floor  was  executed  in 
colored  slate  by  Arthur  Maurer.  The  large  Crucifix above  the 
altar,  as  well  as  the  statues  of  Saint Mary and  Saint   o s e p h ~ were 
hand-carved  in  Italy.  The  Shrines for  the  statues  were  hand-made 
of  solid  birch  by  John  Sulley.  The  holy water fonts at  the 
entrance  to  the  church  are  made  of  siena  marble  to  Father  Scully's 
specifications  and  imported  from  Italy.  Their  use  on  entering 
and  leaving  the  church  symbolizes  the  renewal  of  our  baptismal 
vows.  The  wrought iron railings around  the  chancel  area,  as  well 
as  the  credance table were  designed  and  executed  by  Art  in  Iron, 
a  local  firm  of  artisans  in  Fullerton.  The  baptismal font is 
made  of  marble  and  was  given  by  the  Leonard  Allen  family,  one  of 
the  early  families  whose  daughter  was  the  first  child  baptized  in 
the  newly-completed  church  building.  The  font cover was  made  by 
John  Sulley  and  contains  ninety-eight  pieces  of  walnuts.  The 
Gospel Book carried  in  the  procession  of  the  Gospel  was  hand-
made  in  Greece.  The  parish banner features  the  name  of  the  parish 
and  the  city  in  which  the  church  is  built.  Pictured  on  a  green 
shield  are  a  Host  and  Chalice  in  contemporary  motif,  flanked  by 
wheat  and  grapes  from  which  bread  and  "rine  are  made.  Over  these 
designs  is  the  haloed  hand  of  God  blessing  the  elements,  thereby 
indicating  that  by  God's  grace  the  bread  and  wine  we  offer  at 
Mass  become  the  Body  and  Blood  of  Christ  in  the  Blessed  Sacrament. 
The  banner  was  designed  and  made  by  Ramona  Suders,  mother  of  the 
Rev.  Daniel  R. Suders,  of  this  diocese . 
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The  Holy Rood Scene on  the  ceiling  beam  located  above  the  chancel 
steps  contains  the  crucifix  or  "rood"  (the  alternate  English  word) 
and  the  figures  of  St.  Mary  and  St.  John.  The  Rood  Scene  is  tradi-
tionally  associated  with  Anglo- Catholic  parishes. 
The  Stations of the Cross are  of  hand- carved,  poly- chromed  wood 
and  imported  from'  Italy.  There  are  fourteen  scenes  depicting 
Christ ' s  journey  to  Calvary: 
I. 
Jesus  is 
condemned 
to  death 
II. 
Jesus 
received 
His  cross 
III. 
Jesus  falls 
the  first 
time  under 
His  cross 
IV. 
Jesus  meets 
His  afflicted 
Mother 
V. 
Simon  of 
Cyrene  helps 
Jesus  to 
carry  His 
cross 
VI. 
Veronica 
sipes  the 
face  of 
Jesus 
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VII.  IX. 
Jesus  falls  Jesus  falls 
the  second  the  third 
time  time 
VIII. 
Jesus  speaks 
to  the  women 
of  Jerusalem 
XI. 
Jesus  is 
nailed  to 
the  cross 
X. 
Jesus  is 
stripped 
of  his 
garments 
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XI I. 
Jesus  dies 
on  the 
cr oss 
XIII. 
Jesus  is 
taken  dovm 
from  the 
cross 
XIV . 
Jesus  is 
laid  in 
the 
sepulchre 
The ten stained glass winQows lining either side of the nave area
were hand-made in Italy at the request of each individual donor.
Father Baumann has made up the following explanation of the
symbolism contained in each one: (clockwise from the Epistle side)
The host and chalice, symbol of the Blessed
Sacrament, are superimposed upon stalks of
wheat and a grapevine, from which comes the
bread and wine offered at the Mass.
The Chi Rho (Greek letters X aqd p) are
a symbol for "Christ",spelled in Greek
letters "XPIl:TOE", and are superimposed
on linked circles, symbolic of Holy
Matrimony, and laid on crossed branches.
Dove symbolic of Holy Spirit, with cross in
halo symbolic of Christ, with seven lamps
streaming from him, symboiic of the seven-
fold gifts of the Holy Spirit in Christian
Initiation.
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The chalice resting upon a book with   o o k ~
marks is the symbol for Saint John Chrysostom,
Archbishop of Constantinople in . the fifth
century. He wrote the prayer which bears his
name in the Prayer Book, pages 59 and 72.
The anchor is a symbol of the virtue of
Christian hope, and the fish are symbols of
Jesus. The fish has been a Christian symbol
since the first century, as the Greek word
for fish makes a rebus from which the words,
"Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior" are derived.
This design is an old symbol for St. Mary
the Virgin. The M and R superimposed stand
for "Maria Regina" (Mary Queen), reminding
the faithful that Mary is Queen of Saints,
and the greatest boast of the human race.
This window is located next to the Shrine of
St. Mary in the church.
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A legend says that in times of food scarcity
the pelican feeds her young by drawing blood
from her own breast. This has long been a
symbol for our salvation, for we are given
life by the shed Blood of Christ.
The eagle is a symbol of St. John the
Evangelist. The eagle's keen eyesight
symbolizes the piercing gaze of St . John,
who is supposed to have seen further into
the mysteries of heaven than anyone else.
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The Lamb of God upon the sealed book is
symbolic of Jesus who opened for us the kingdom
of heaven. The appropriate Biblical re'ference
is Revelation 5:lff.
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The OJ<; is symbolic of Saint Luke; the "SL"
in the window makes the identification complete.
St. Luke's Gospel presents sacrifical aspects
of Jesus' life; the ox was frequently used in'
sacrifical rites of the Old Testament.
The pipe organ, though small, is an unusual accouterment for
a small parish, since churches this size usually make do with
electronic organs. It was installed in 1971 by Nelson Ridgeway
and contains 12 ranks. It was extensively refurbished in 1980,
much of the work being done by Sam and Phyllis Cartledge, Cameron
MacDonald (Phyllis' father), John and Evelyn Sulley, Walt Kline,
Hilton and Margaret Dalessi, Jim Goodwin and his daughter Cindy;
and in 1981 a three manual Austin console replaced the original
one which had been designed for an electonic organ. Future
plans include the eventual installation of a rank of reed pipes
and additional refurbishment for the. maintenance of an instrument
which is grOl-ling ever more unique and precious in our increasingly
electronic world.
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APPENDIX C: Original application for mission status and
listing of vestry and wardens for intervening
years.
(COPY)
To the Right Reverend Francis Eric Bloy,
Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles,
Los Angeles, California
Reverend Father in God:
The undersigned male adult persons residing within
the Yorba Linda, Pla.centia., and Brea area do hereby
respectfully apply to you for the organization of a Mission
in the above described locality; and we do declare our
readiness to undertake the duties and obligations lmplied
in Buch organlzation.
(SIGNED) Hilmer G. Lodge
15761 Palm Drive. Placentia, Calif.
Max Dunn
708 Cedar, Brea, Callf.
George L. Jacobsen
4571 Carolina Avenue, Placentia, Callf.
Elmer B. Will lame
15072 MadiBon Avenue, Placentia, Calif.
Clyde M. Daniels
5282 Kraemer Avenue, Placentia, Calif.
A. E. De Wald
209 West Chapman, Placentla, Callf.
Richard T. Ryan
221 West Santa Fe, Placentia, Calif.
Johri H. Newton
101 South Melroee,Placentia, Calif.
Marvin D. JohnBon
e40 Alder, Brea, California
hester A. Palmer
4357 Mc Cormac Lane, Placentia, Calif.
Maurice E. Ford, Jr.
5197 Ohio, Yorba   ______
Xenneth Tucker
4352 Eureka, Yorba Linda,- Callf.
G. J. Curtis 
4861 Eureka Avenue, Yorba Linda, Callf. 
Walter B. Summers 
17891 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, Calif. 
Norman T. Cottom 
4682 Garden Place, Yorba Linda, Calif. 
Dated: January 30, 1956
1956  Warden:  Hilmer  G.  Lodge 
Clerk:  Jack  l<ilson 
Treasurer: C. M. Daniels
Bishop's Conunittee: Raymond Thompson, Arthur John Newton,
D. Jack Wilson, George L. Carter, Hilton L. Dalessi, Clyde Daniels,
Gilbert  W.  Merritt,  Leonard  A.  Allen 
1957  1<arden:  Hilmer  G.  Lodge 
Clerk:  Gilbert  H.  blerritt 
Treasurer: C. M. Daniels
1958  Senior  \,arden:  Raymond  Thompson 
Junior  Warden:  Hilton  L  Dalessi 
Treasurer: Geroge Davidovich
Clerk:  A.  E.  De  Wald 
Bishop's Committee: Raymond Thompson, H. L. Dalessi, Chet Palmer, George
Davidovich, Mike DeHalk, Hilmer Lodge, John Ne",rton, George Carter, Leonard
A.  Allen 
1959  Senior  1<arden:  Hilton  L.  Dalessi 
JW1ior \-larden: Chester Palmer
Treasurer: Maurice Burnell
Clerk:  Jack  Preston 
Bishop's Committee: Lynn Graham, \.Jilliam Fischer, Joseph   Chester
Palmer, Gilbert W. Merritt, Maurice Burnell, Jack Preston, Arthur Maurer,
Clyde  Daniels,  Hilton  L.  Dalessi 
1960  Senior  1<arden:  Gilbert  W.  Merritt 
Clerk:  Jack  W.  Preston 
Treasurer:  Maurice  R.  Burnell 
1961  Senior  Warden:  William  Fischer 
Junior Warden: Jack Preston
Treasurer: Maurice Burnell
Clerk:  Paul  Hirsch 
Bishop's Committee: Maurice Burnell, Clyde Daniels, William Fischer,
Gilbert  W.  Merritt,  Jack  Preston,  Joe  Johnson,  Don  l-1endel,  Lynn  Kelly, 
Arthur  l-1aurer 
1962  Senior  Warden:  Arthur  Maurer 
Junior Warden: William Fischer
Treasurer:  Hilton  L.  Dalessi 
Clerk:  Paul  Hirsch 
Bishop's  Committee:  Arthur  Maurer,  William  Fischer,  Lynn  Kelly,  Paul  Hirsch, 
Don  Wendel,  Christian  Gebhardt,  Hilton  Dalessi,  Harley  Hall,  Hilmer  Lodge 
1963  Senior  Warden:  Arthur  Maurer 
Junior Warden: Donald Wheeler
Treasurer: Hilton L. Dalessi
Clerk:  Paul  Hirsch 
Bishop's  Committee:  Hilmer  Lodge,  Harley  Hall,  Christian  Gebhardt,  Halter 
La Force, Devereaux Leahy, Arthur Maurer, Donald \iheeler, Hilton Dalessi,
Paul  Hirsch 
1964  Senior  Warden:  Hilton  Dalessi 
Junior Warden: Devereaux Leahy
Treasurer: Margaret J. Dalessi
Clerk:  William  Towles 
Bishop's  Committee:  Paul  Hirsch,  William  Heaton,  Harley  Hall,  Christian 
Gebhardt, George Johnstone, Thomas Trouty, Arthur Maurer, Donald hrtleeler,
Paul Hirsch, Hilton Dalessi.
1965  Senior  Warden:  Hilton  L.  Dalessi 
Treasurer: Margaret J. Dalessi
Clerk:  William  R.  Towles 
Bishop's Cornmi ttee: Harold Hard, Paul, Hirsch, Hilliam R. TQ\.jles, Hilton
Dalessi
1966  No  record 
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1967 Senior {;arden: Harold Hard
Junior Warden: Bill Brown
Treasurer: Hilton Dalessi
Clerk: Gene Peregoy
Bishop's Committee: Chuck Bri ckell, Bill Brown, Harold Hard, Bill Heaton,
Gordon  Justus,  Joseph  Kasun,  Hilt on  Dalessi,  Gene  Peregoy,  Bob  Rees, 
Raymond Thompson
1968 Senior  Warden:  Gordon  Justus 
Treasurer: Hilton Dales.i
1969 Senior Warden: Gordon Justus
Junior Wa rden: William Takahashi
Treasurer:  Hilton  Dal ess i 
Clerk: Edward Blinn 
Bishop's Committee: Gordon Justus, William TakahaShi, Hilton Dalessi, 
Edward  Blinn,  Ros s  Burns,  Arthur  Lewi s  ,  Jack  Suiter,  Robert  Thoades,  nal 
Hard
1970 Senior Warden: Art Lewis
Junior Warden: William Takahashi
Treas urer:  Hilton  Dalessi 
Clerk: Edward Blinn
Bishop's  Committee:  Arthur  Maurer,  Ross  Burns,  Paul    Jack  Suiter, 
Patrick Tatum, Edward Blinn, Gordon Anderson, Arthur Lewis, William
Takahashi, Hilton Dalessi
1971 Senior Warden: Edward Blinn
Juni or  Warden:  Paul  Dawson 
Treasurer:  Hilton 'Dalessi 
Clerk: Kenneth Keith
Bishop's Committee: Edward Blinn, Paul Dawson, Hilton Dalessi, Kenneth
Keith,  William  Heaton,  Gordon  Anders on,  Arthur  Lewi S,  Paul  Hirsch,  Ross 
Burns,  Pat  Tatum 
1972 Senior Warden: Bill Heaton
Junior  Warden:  Paul  Dawson 
Treasurer:  Hilton  Dalessi 
Cl erk: James Pence
Bishop's  Committee:  Bill  Heaton,  Paul  Dawson,  Paul  Hirsch,  Ken  Keith, 
Hilton  Dalessi,  Dick  Nedrow,  Blackmon  Warner,  James  Pence,  Merrill  Hansen, 
Hal Hard.
1973 Senior Warden: William Heaton
Junior  Warden:  James  Pence 
Treasurer:  Hilton  Dalessi 
Clerk: Dale Swanson
Bishop's Committee: William Heaton, Dale Swanson, George Hrubecky, Richard
Reimers,  Richard  Nedrow,  Paul  Hirsch,  James  Pence,  Hilton  Dal es si,  Kenneth 
Keith, Blackmon Warner
1974 Senior {;arden: William Heaton
Junior Warden: Arthur Lewis
Treasurer:  Hilton  Dalessi 
Clerk: Dale Swanson 
Bishop's Committee: Hrubecky,  Richard  Reimers,  Jack  Suiter, 
Arthur  Lewis,  James  Pence,  William  Heaton,  Norman  Bixby,  Dal e  Swanson, 
Dick Nedrow, Hilt on D"alessi 
1975 Senior Warden: Dale Swanson
Junior Warden: Arthur V. Lewis
Treasurer:  Hilton  Dalessi 
Clerk: Clorene Kroeker
Bishop's  Committee :  Sale  Swanson,  Arthur  Lewis,  Hil ton  Daless i  , 
Joseph  H.  Arnold,  Norman  L.  Bixby ,  Gwen  Brickell)  Richard  Ormsby,  Ri chard 
Reimers, John W. Sulley, Jack Suiter. Mary E. Dalessi appointed to fill
Brickell vacancy.
1976 Senior Warden: Dale Swanson
Junior "arden: Arthur Lewis
Treasurer: Hilton Dalessi
Clerk: Clorene Kroeker
Bishop's Committee: Joseph H. Arnold, William E. Backes, Mary E. Dalessi,
Richard R. Ormsby, James Pence, Jack Suiter, John W. Sulley, Dale Swanson,
Arthur Lewis, Hilton Dalessi.
1977 Senior \'arden: James Pence
Junior Warden: Joseph H. Arnold
Tr easurer: Hilton Dalessi
Clerk: Clorene Kroeker
Vestry: Mary E. Dalessi, Richard Ormsby, Hilton Dalessi, :oseph Arr.old,
John \-I. Sulley, James Pence, Hilliam Backes, Jack Abouchar, J. ). Mu:.:-head,
Barry M. Sullock. William T. Lynde replaced Barry M. Sulbck
1978 Senior \,arden: J. Douglas Muirhead
Junior Warden: Mary Dalessi
Treasurer: Hilton Dalessi
Clerk: Clorene Kroeker
Vestry: J. Douglas Muirhead, Mary E. Dalessi, Hilton L. Dalessi, William
E. Backes, Joseph C. Flanders, William T. Lynde , Samuel Nichols, Jose;>h
Ridges, Evelyn M. Sulley, Mary D. Young.
1979 Senior Warden: J. Douglas
Junior Warden: Samuel Nichols
Treasurer: Hilton Dalessi
Clerk: Margaret H. Muirhead
Vestry: J . Douglas Muirhead, Samuel Nichols, Hilton Dalessi, Joseph ..
Flanders, Evelyn M. Sulley, William R. Lynde, Young, "ohn '·lcConc. ell,
Norman Bixby, Jack Suiter. Barbara Davis replaced John HcConnell who
resigned.
1980 Senior Warden : Norman Bixby
Junior Warden: James Goodwin
Treasurer: Hilton Dalessi
Clerk: l-fargaret H. Muirhead
Vestry: Norman Bixby, James Goodwin, Hilton Dalessi, Samuel Nichols,
Joseph Arnold, Jack Suiter, Barbara Davis, Joseph Flanders, Wi.lliBJll 3ackes,
Richard Sparrow.
1981 Senior Warden: Norman Bixby.
Junior Warden: John Hartsfield
Treasurer: Hilton Dalessi
Clerk: Margaret H. Muirhead
Vestry: Norman Bixby, John Hartsfield, Hilton Dalessi, Sharon  
Diana Sullock, Barbara Davis, William Backes, Richard Sparrow,
Harcourt, Dave Heil replaced Joseph Arnold who resigned.
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