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St. John Nepomucene breaks ground on new parish center

Fr. Ron Belitz, pastor of St. John Nepomucene Parish, Little Chute, offers a blessing at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new parish center, held on Sunday, March 17. (Submitted Photo | For On Mission)

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LITTLE CHUTE — St. John Nepomucene Catholic Community has started construction on its new parish center, which will house parish staff offices and provide more space for parish activities, programming and meetings. 

St. John staff and parishioners, students from St. John Nepomucene Catholic School, the Faith Development team and representatives from Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction Inc. of Appleton broke ground following Mass on Sunday, March 17.

The former office complex, built in 1959, was razed to make way for the 21,400-square-foot space, designed with energy conservation and environmental friendliness in mind. In addition to enhanced parish offices, the new parish center will include:

·  Easier access and more space for the parish food pantry.

·  Dedicated classrooms and meeting spaces for Faith Development education.

·  Expanded children’s programming areas for children’s liturgy.

·  Multi-purpose rooms for programming, Bible studies, prayer groups, and rental space for meetings and celebrations.

·  Improved handicap accessibility.

“The new parish center will not only provide updated work spaces for our staff, but numerous faith-based opportunities for parishioners of all ages,” said Fr. Ron Belitz, pastor. “I pray construction of the new space goes smoothly and ask God’s blessings on the construction crews building it. I know this space will be a wonderful addition to our faith community.”

The new space will have floor-to-ceiling windows along with wood, glass, brick and stone to complement the rich history of faith in the community, dating back to 1836. 

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction assisted in the initial feasibility study and planning and is providing full design and construction management services through the project.

“The parish center addition will offer new office space for administrative staff and will provide a location for events and faith development that is connected, but outside of the current gathering spaces that are becoming congested due to high utilization,” said Kurt Peeters, Hoffman senior project architect and project lead. He is also a member of St. John Parish. 

“As a St. John’s parishioner and Hoffman employee, I’m so proud to be involved with this project,” he said. “The parish center will be a great asset to the St. John Nepomucene and Little Chute communities for generations to come.”

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