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St. Francis Parish Blesses Ground for Three New Buildings

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The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh blessed ground Sunday, March 22, on land that will accommodate additions to its growing campus. The approximately $10 million project includes three new buildings and a main drop-off portico. Construction will begin shortly on Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, the Assisi Community Center and the Elizabeth Hall Early Childhood Learning Center.

The structures will be “green,” utilizing a “whole-building” approach which includes sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection and indoor environmental quality.

The Assisi Community Center will serve as the heart and hub of social, athletic and cultural activities. It will include a gymnasium, senior center, youth room, kitchen, reception area and lounge.

Our Lady of the Angels Chapel will provide a small, simple, natural sacred space in the heart of the parish campus where daily Eucharist will be celebrated. Faith Formation and Franciscan School students will pray there. Meditation, centering, Rosary and other prayer groups will gather. This chapel will also be ideal for parish retreats, small weddings, funerals and liturgical prayer.

The Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) expansion will accommodate the parish’s pre-school needs, and enable young parents to serve in parish ministries. The Center will include five new classrooms, a workroom, a conference room, office area and a teacher lounge.

The blessing of the ground was conducted by The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge. Parishioners brought small bags of dirt from their yards, which were placed on the site. The project is scheduled to be completed and dedicated on Pentecost Sunday 2010. 

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge blessing ground at the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi for campus expansion.

Above: Building Committee Chair Bill Laxton spreading a bag of soil from his yard on ground which will house new structures.

Above: Parishioners gathering for blessing of the ground.

Above: Architect’s design of Our Lady of the Angels Chapel.