Marked by a celebratory Mass, St. Pius X Parish broke ground on a project that will improve the church and expand the school facilities.
“This is a special opportunity for us to do something wonderful, not only to meet our present needs, but to leave our mark on future generations,” said John Rickman, parish campaign chair.
In addition to updates to the church sound system, the $3.5 million project means expanded facilities with a new double gymnasium, multipurpose center and renovation of the education center cafeteria into three classrooms.
A Mass, concelebrated by Archbishop John Vlazny and parish priest Jesuit Father Craig Boly, was concluded with a building campaign prayer.
The master plan for the project was launched after five years of planning. This first phase is one-third of the entire master plan, which encompasses further expansion of the school and church buildings.
The school serves nearly 300 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Ground broke in October and heavy construction is expected to begin in the spring.