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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • St. Canera Church expands

  • The Catholic Bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese was in Neosho, as St. Canera Parish dedicated their new Parish Center Wednesday evening.
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  • The Catholic Bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese was in Neosho, as St. Canera Parish dedicated their new Parish Center Wednesday evening.
    Bishop James Johnston presided over the evening prayer and blessing, followed by a celebration dinner in the parish hall.
    Father Hank Grodecki, pastor, said a five-year capital fundraising campaign began in the fall of 2012, and the Parish broke ground on the almost 5,000 square-foot Parish Center on Aug. 14, 2013.
    Grodecki said, “The parishioners have been amazed at the unique design of the structure and how quickly the building was completed. They were able to move into the building during the first days of March.”
    Grodecki said the new Parish Center has a large fellowship hall, six classrooms/meeting rooms, a kitchen and restrooms, all surrounding an outdoor courtyard. He said the new main entrance joins the new structure with the church itself, and several changes to the parish campus include a reconstructed Marian grotto, a new parking lot, and several new sidewalks.
    Johnston said the addition will be a facility to enable the parish to do many more things practically, “In terms of faith formation, celebrating their life in Christ together, hosting different celebrations and receptions.”
    He said it will also enhance the lives of all the faithful at St. Canera.
    Johnston said, “Practically, it’s going to be a tool to help carry out their mission as Christians, but it’s also a sign, I think, of the future for the parish community, that as they continue to carry out the mission of the parish, it’s a sign of what they can do.”
    Johnston said, “It’s always going to be a sign of what’s possible if they pull together and cooperate and work together as brothers and sisters in Christ.”
    He said it’s a symbol of accomplishment, “But it serves as a symbol that they can do a lot of other things in the future. It’s a symbol of possibilities, too,” he said.
    Grodecki said Butler, Rosenbury & Partners of Springfield, created the architectural design; and the general contractor was Construction Services Group of Neosho.
    He said the people of the parish have considered building a Parish Center for more than 30 years, and during a town hall meeting of the parish in January 2010, to consider future planning goals, a new building with classrooms and a fellowship hall was high on the list.
    Grodecki said, “The parishioners have worked very hard and are very grateful to see their long-awaited dream come to fruition.”
    He concluded, “The parish also appreciates all the support and enthusiasm that so many of the citizens of Neosho have shown for this project.”

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