10/7/2013 11:59:00 AM Archbishop to dedicate Central Point church
Photo by Fr. Mike Walker
Dedication of the new Shepherd of the Valley Church is set for Oct. 13.
CENTRAL POINT — Archbishop Alexander Sample will dedicate and consecrate the new Shepherd of the Valley Church here at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13.
The new space was long overdue. The old church, a three-decades-old converted fruit stand, had grown so cramped that most Masses had been moved to the parish hall.
Father Mike Walker, pastor, welcomes the expanded church and the potential it brings. “Now that God has blessed us with a bigger church, we can welcome more people to share in it without the stress of thinking that we wouldn’t have a place for them to sit,” he wrote in a blog that detailed the building’s progress.
During the spring, parishioners gathered in the partially finished church for a signing ceremony, adding their names to the pillars and beams that are the bones of their new place of worship.
Finishing touches are now underway. All that is left to install are the stained glass, statues and crucifix and a few other small projects.
“It’s going to be awesome,” one parishioner said on a parish Facebook event invite. S&B James Construction, of White City, was chosen as the contractor. The new 16,050-square-foot building includes a lot with 166 parking spaces.
The previous church building held its first Mass on Dec. 23, 1979.
An updated Catholic church had been in the planning stages for more than 10 years, but was delayed when the Archdiocese of Portland filed for bankruptcy in 2004.