Parishioners and local leaders attended a ground blessing ceremony Sunday to mark the beginning of an expansion effort at St. Clare Catholic Church.
The church on Junction Boulevard will gain four classrooms with offices and a conference room. In addition, an entrance to Baseline Road will be opened for future use and parking lot improvements will implement new ADA standards.
“We are continuing to experience tremendous growth and desperately need these improvements. Roseville is still growing and many are being drawn to this beautiful and welcoming place of worship,” said Father Steven Foppiano, in a press release. “It is a wonderful challenge given us by God to serve our brothers and sisters in faith. Acting on faith, parishioners have sacrificed to make this project happen.”
The ground breaking was made possible through a capital campaign held last fall that asked parishioners to make a pledge to improve the facilities and reduce the parish debt. In 10 years, the church has gone from 600 registered families to nearly 5,000. With just five meeting rooms, St. Clare has 4,500 events booked this year, according to the release.
“This growth creates many challenges and even this expansion falls short of what is needed,” said St. Clare Administrator Paula Staszkow.
Church officials hope to raise $500,000 in additional pledges over the next few months to accelerate construction to finish the new classrooms by Christmas, provide a connecting road to Baseline and create additional parking.
~ Staff report