St. Gall invites public to ground-breaking Sunday |

St. Gall invites public to ground-breaking Sunday

Staff reports

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Sunday at St. Gall Catholic Church for the parish’s 20,000-square-foot, $3.8 million pastoral community center.

Bishop Philip Straling of the Reno Diocese will officiate at the ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m. at the church on Centerville Road in Gardnerville.

Parish administrator Father Bill Nadeau said the event is open to the public and he invited everyone to attend.

“We purposely chose the name ‘pastoral community center.’ That’s why we are extending an invitation to everyone to come to the ground-breaking,” Nadeau said.

“This will be a community center for generations to come and we hope our friends in the Valley will join us on Sunday,” Nadeau said.

Former pastor Father John Corona initiated the concept of the center five years ago, according to Robert Thompson, project manager.

“The original intent was that it ought to be as much of a community center as possible,” Thompson said. “We will be able to seat 450 people and it will be the largest meeting room in the Valley.”

The building, twice the size of St. Gall Catholic Church, will include seven classrooms, parish offices, a commercial kitchen, and a central multipurpose room.

“The pastoral community center will be a state-of-the art educational facilitiy to share the gift of our faith with the community,” Nadeau said. “We’ve outgrown our current Parish Hall and this will accommodate the needs of our growing parish.”

The center will be added to the east side of the church. Gardnerville architect Robert Oxoby designed the building and Central Sierra Construction won the bid for the project.

Thompson said work should begin June 1 and he hopes the construction will be complete in 10 months.

Fund-raising for the center began three years ago.

“Thanks to the vision of Father John and the on-going generosity of our parishioners, the St. Gall Pastoral Community Center is becoming a reality,” Nadeau said.

Bishop Straling will preside at the 10:30 a.m. Mass and the groundbreaking will follow. Refreshments will be served.

Members of the design committee overseeing the project include chairman Bill Schneider, who also chairs the pledge committee; Carol Aldax; Debbie Posnien, director of religious eduction; Bob Dunbar, parish finance committee chairman; Tom Sagar, and Mike Hickey.

For information, contact the parish office at 782-2852.