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2/28/2013 10:04:00 AM
Parish breaks ground on new church
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The future interior of St. Edward Church in Keizer.
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The future interior of St. Edward Church in Keizer.

KEIZER — St. Edward Church will break ground on its new building during a ceremony at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 10. The event, which is open to the public, will conclude with refreshments.

Construction on the new church, which is currently at 5303 River Road North, is expected to be complete by early 2014. The existing church facility will be replaced or remodeled into a community center to serve the parish’s 128 ministries and many events throughout the year.

St. Edward, established in 1968, serves 1,400 families. The new church will have seating for 750, plus room for expansion. Notable among the architectural features on the new church will be an exterior that consists largely of windows, to create an inviting and eye-catching place of worship.  

When the parish created its master plan, the highest priority was addressing the lack of adequate space for the parish’s growing ministries. Each month, the ministries generate 238 meetings and events.

Some of the events include an annual free Christmas dinner and visit by Santa, weekly Boy Scout meetings and free monthly blood pressure checks, as well as regular parenting classes, financial sessions and religious education classes for all ages.

A time capsule will be placed within the new church structure, to be opened in 100 years. Plans are already in the works for a 2014 dedication ceremony.

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