The Historic Church of St. Peter in Brownsville is welcoming Bishop Edward Malesic of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg to a groundbreaking ceremony for its proposed multi-purpose parish center at 1 p.m. on Dec. 16.
Malesic will bless the site at the ceremony, hosted by the Rev. Timothy Kruthaupt and parishioners of St. Peter at parish-owned land at 118 Church Street. The site used to be the convent for the former St. Mary Parish.
“We’re so excited,’’ said Kruthaupt of the bishop’s visit, adding that invitations have also been sent to public officials.
Plans for a parish center have been in the works for nearly two and a half years.
Kruthaupt, who has been pastor for three years, noted, “This was such a wonderful moment when we were told we could go forward with the project.’’
The parish launched a capital campaign earlier this year called “Upon this Rock’’ to generate $1 million for construction of the new parish center that will include a social hall for up to 300 people, a kitchen and related facilities, meeting areas for parish organizations and ministries, five religious education classrooms, and recreational and office space.
The campaign has raised nearly $1.18 million in gifts and pledges.
Kruthaupt said of the cost of the building, “It will be a little more than that, but we’re getting the final figure nailed down.’’
Completion of the building will depend on the weather, Kruthaupt said.
“We should be able to do some excavating work. It’s going to be a pre-fabricated, steel building. There’s a backlog on those buildings. We’ll be working on excavating, the foundation and utilities,’’ said Kruthaupt. “I’m hoping it will be next fall when completed. We always have a picnic in early fall and instead of going to another site, we’d like to have it in our own facility. That would be wonderful.’’
The new facility will also introduce people who are not parishioners to ministries of the church.
In an interview with the Herald-Standard last summer, Kruthaupt said, “With additional space, we can operate our ministries more effectively and expand services to people in the community.’’
The diocese noted the 175th anniversary of St. Peter’s church building will be celebrated in 2020.