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Local charities
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800 runners participate in CYO championship


Sister Mary
Denis Baldwin, OP

Sister Romona
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Drive through
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St. Perpetua
new center triple
size of old hall

'Taking our
faith back'

'We can do
something for those
who have died'


Message of Fatima
still relevant for
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A museum for
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Participants in the groundbreaking included, from left, Pat Fela, Kelly Daggs, Ruben Galindo, Kathleen Radecke, Father John Kasper, Bruce Brady, Rick Bruzzone, Karen Goodshaw (school principal), Peter Heiskell and Jim Hogan. At left, Site of the new center; the former, smaller hall connected to the church on the right has already been demolished. More photos on Facebook.com/

St. Perpetua new center triple size of old hall

St. Perpetua Parish in Lafayette blessed and broke ground on a new $7 million Community Center Nov. 12, before a large crowd of parishioners after the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

The new 10,500 square foot structure will replace the former 3,500 square foot parish hall, which was connected to one side of the church building.

The new center "will benefit our community for generations to come," said Rev. John Kasper, OSFS, the pastor.

"The parish is 65 years old and this is the first major building construction in that time," said Father Kasper. "Our school building was renovated about 12 years ago."

Like the old hall, the new center will have access to the church building, offer smaller meeting space, a new commercial kitchen, storage, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant restrooms and an outdoor patio.

The nature of the soils in the area and the requirements of soils engineering and stabilization added significantly to the cost of the project, Father Kasper said.

He noted the new center will be used by the parish, school and for religious education. There are about 350 active families in the parish, almost 300 pupils at St. Perpetua Elementary School and 350 children in Faith Formation.

Though not housed in the new center, its opening will allow the parish to open a new transitional kindergarten.

"A wonderful vibrant community like St. Perpetua's has needed an attractive and functioning space for a long time. Finally, they will have just that," Father Kasper said.

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