Quantcast

Holy Family parish hall to rise from the ashes - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Holy Family parish hall to rise from the ashes

Posted: Updated:
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. -

It was a day of thanksgiving Sunday at the Holy Family Catholic Parish in Essex Junction.

From inside the parish halls, to outside in the back lot, parishioners celebrated the end of a two year wait to break ground on a new parish hall.

"May this building be a fitting place for the teaching of our precious young people as they learn the riches of the Catholic faith," said Burlington Diocese Bishop Salvatore Matano. The Bishop took the honorary first dig and many others quickly pitched in, happy to be celebrating a new beginning.
     
"We're very grateful for God to give us the sun and it's not to chilly and enthusiastic people," said Fr. Charles Ranges with the Parish of Holy Family and St. Lawrence.

The old parish hall burned to the ground in July 2011 after it was struck by lightning. Since then, gatherings and religious education classes have been displaced. Parishioners hope the new center, which will feature six classrooms plus a great hall and a kitchen, will ignite enthusiasm in the church's youth and bring the greater community together.

"It will be a real coming together for our parish. It was a tragedy when it was burned down however no one was injured, so we're really happy to be able to come back stronger than ever," said Dave Robideau, a Holy Family parishioner.

The total cost for the project is $1.5 million and Fr. Ranges is hoping to raise another $500,000. He hopes the building will be up and running by October. "With the insurance money and the capital campaign, hopefully we will be able to put up the building without any debt," he said.

A joyous day to bring new life to  church with strong ties to the community.


   

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Man accused of taking school bus on a drunken joy ride

    Man accused of taking school bus on a drunken joy ride

    Sunday, August 31 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-08-31 04:09:10 GMT
    A Lowell man faces a slew of charges after allegedly stealing a school bus.
    A Lowell man faces a slew of charges after allegedly stealing a school bus.
  • Three hurt in Essex crash

    Three hurt in Essex crash

    Sunday, August 31 2014 12:08 AM EDT2014-08-31 04:08:33 GMT
    A two car accident in Essex Saturday evening.
    A two car accident in Essex Saturday evening.
  • Drug bust in Bristol

    Drug bust in Bristol

    Sunday, August 31 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-08-31 04:07:19 GMT
    Police say David and Cathy Fleming of Bristol, Dameon Williams of Brooklyn New York, and Oleitha Turner of Mount Vernon New York have been arrested.
    Police say David and Cathy Fleming of Bristol, Dameon Williams of Brooklyn New York, and Oleitha Turner of Mount Vernon New York have been arrested.
  • Bike and donut race in Burlington

    Bike and donut race in Burlington

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:14:42 GMT
    It's a race for bike riders with a huge appetite. Finally, the kind of race where eating too many donuts is not only okay, but all part of the strategy to win.
    It's a race for bike riders with a huge appetite. Finally, the kind of race where eating too many donuts is not only okay, but all part of the strategy to win.
  • Motorcycle rally rolls through Killington

    Motorcycle rally rolls through Killington

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:14:05 GMT
    The Killington Classic motorcycle rally brings in thousands of enthusiasts excited about bikes and gives the local economy a boost.
    The Killington Classic motorcycle rally brings in thousands of enthusiasts excited about bikes and gives the local economy a boost.
  • DJ A-Dog remembered in Burlington

    DJ A-Dog remembered in Burlington

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:12:52 GMT
    Skateboarding is usually not permitted in City Hall Park in Burlington – but Saturday was an exception to the rule.
    Skateboarding is usually not permitted in City Hall Park in Burlington – but Saturday was an exception to the rule.
  • Mini Highland games in Quechee

    Mini Highland games in Quechee

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:12:06 GMT
    Saturday young campers at the Quechee State Park competed in their own Mini Highland Games.
    Saturday young campers at the Quechee State Park competed in their own Mini Highland Games.
  • Music Festival in Burlington

    Music Festival in Burlington

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:11:24 GMT
    Musicians from around the world are making their mark in Vermont this week.
    Musicians from around the world are making their mark in Vermont this week.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.