Building Project Update, September 2017:
It is a remarkable time to be a member of the St. Patrick community! The dream of a new education center, gathering space, and newly remodeled main church is moving forward, as a result of the prayers, stewardship, and donations of the parishioners . The faith community of St. Patrick will celebrate with a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, September 17, after the 10:00 AM Mass. After a short ceremony outside, a meal will be served in the church basement.
The planning for the project, known as Building for Community, began in April of 2014. In order to fully meet the future needs of the parish, and to align with archdiocesan and city building requirements, the building committee modified the plans to include a full-size elevator to replace the current smaller one, and added paved parking spaces for up to 100 vehicles. The new building, which includes accessible classrooms and a 220-person gathering space, will be energy efficient and incredibly low maintenance. In addition, the church basement will be remodeled to include up to 9 classrooms for religious education. Based on the modifications to the original plans, the parish awarded the building contract to Snyder Construction of Clear Lake, who submitted the low bid of $1,826,000. Currently, the parish has raised in donations and pledges over $1,680,000 for the project, with many parishioners adding an additional year to their original pledges. In addition, excavation services have been donated to the project and will result in significant cost savings in the initial phase of the project. Complete funding of the project is approximately $2,000,000, including soft costs, tables and chairs, and pew refurbishing.
With an upgraded elevator as part of the project, the current elevator will be one of the first facets to be removed. As many parishioners utilize the elevator regularly, the parish is making plans to offer a live stream video of the Mass, with Communion distribution, at the One Vision campus at 4:00 on Saturdays. This will provide an accessible worship environment during the construction period. Details on the arrangements will be released in the very near future.
This group of Religious Ed families are excited to see the church grow.
Please join them and help us as we Build for Community.