Support Our Parish and Our New Education & Activity Center
Our new Education & Activity Center will be important to our parish in many ways. The new 60,000 square foot building will be on the farm we own north of the church. It will be our down payment on the future, and it will replace the old, worn out school downtown on Hamilton. I envision that the building will be a new home for the following:
Our young people will use the new gym all week for team sports and practices. We want our youth to hang out at church, and make Catholic friends, and sports is one of the ways to do this. We’ll enlarge our sports ministry, and help young people have a good time. Adults, too, will come often to watch the games.
Christian Formation will have a new home with more room to serve our parish children. For the first time, all CF sessions will be on one site and there will be enough room for every grade to meet weekly. This means more Christian education opportunities for our youth.
Our Catholic school will have a new space to be proud of. Spacious, bright, energy efficient, up to date technology, large library and resource rooms, enough office space, the building will meet our needs for a long time to come, and it will attract new students to SFB.
Outside of school hours, retired folks will be able to come, access easy parking, and find opportunities to socialize and share fellowship with others as they walk a mile in the gym or on the lovely outside grounds.
Parish committees will have additional meeting spaces in the gorgeous new facility. We will have added flexibility to schedule meetings in the hall or parish center, without disturbing students in Christian Formation.
I hope you can envision, too, that this new building will really be all about ministry and service—which has been so limited in the evenings due to lack of space. Now we will be able to increase our service and availability to you.
Recently members of our Pastoral Council reminded us at Mass about our stewardship commitment and they invited us to make our pledges now - for both our annual parish support and for the Education & Activity Center. I pray that you will give generous support to both.
As Catholics, we are encouraged to read Scripture,
especially focusing on the readings included in our liturgies.
An easy way to find these and other Scripture texts is to link
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