St. Anthony Catholic Church celebrates Groundbreaking
On Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 10:15 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church and School gave thanks to a generous God in a celebration for the Sowing & Growing Groundbreaking Ceremony, led by Bishop Patrick J. Zurek and Father Scott L. Raef, Pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church. The ceremony began with the St. Anthony’s school children singing “I Rejoiced,” followed by prayer and readings. Representatives of the church and school used shovels to break ground while school children released balloons. The ceremony was followed by the long-time Oktoberfest tradition of eating an authentic sausage dinner. In order to help raise funds for the new addition to the school, silent and live auctions were also held to great success during the event.
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church has been blessed by a rich history since its founding in 1905. Additionally, as the main teaching mission of the parish, St. Anthony Catholic School has taught children in the Catholic Christian tradition since 1954. Anchored in this rich history, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and School is striving in faith to minister and teach for the near and distant future.
To help continue this tradition, the community has recently begun gathering information about current and future needs in terms of the church, which has revealed some concerns regarding space, leading to a building project referred to as “Sowing and Growing.” In working with the Building Committee, a consultant developed a Master Facility Plan and an architecture firm, Hyperform Design Group, Inc., was selected to help accommodate the current and projected needs, goals, and ministries. The new facility plan, projected at $4 million, will create a more fluid and connected church campus to improve worship, education, and ministries, furthering the Catholic Christian mission of the parish. The new facility will provide increased seating capacity for the church; a designated space for youth activities; separate classrooms for each grade leading to increased enrollment capacity at St. Anthony’s School; new space for a Pre-K program; children’s formation and adult education rooms, a multi-purpose activity center for parish functions, school activities and physical education; meeting rooms for the gathering of parish prayer and service groups; and space for more intentional outreach to those in need in our local community.
St. Anthony’s will be better positioned to build unity within the community by having a nearby space for gathering before and after Masses and enhanced communal space for fellowship, while creating a more suitable complex for prayer, education, community and fun. The new facility will provide better safeguards and supervision of youth and school children, and more space for adult faith formation.