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Catholic church builds new Parish Center

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church began construction on its next phase of expansion on June 28. The expansion includes a new Parish Center with a 600-seat Parish Hall, 50-seat chapel, conference rooms, administrative offices, kitchen, maintenance facilities, restrooms, courtyard and prayer garden.

All administrative offices have been relocated off-site, while the reception office and primary point of contact for the general public has been relocated to the Marian Shop front alcove, near the church main entrance. The parish office will be closed on Saturdays during construction.

Construction has impacted the parking areas to the east and south ends of the property. Temporary walkways have been built, and valet service is provided to parishioners who require proximity to the church entrance. Handicapped parking has been relocated just south of the current location. When complete, the church complex will offer parking for 420 vehicles, increasing the current lot size by 70 spaces.

By the start of the school year this month, church and school officials hope to have the expanded parking to the east and modified driveway access to the church and school completed.

The new 34,000-square-foot Parish Center is set to break ground in late August. The construction timeline for the center is approximately 12 months.

The construction of the new Parish Center is being substantially funded by a $5 million grant from The Anderson Family Foundation, given to the St. Francis Capital Campaign in January. The Parish Hall will be named in honor of Martha and Novian Anderson, longtime parishioners of St. Francis Xavier.

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