Parishioners from Holy Family Catholic Church watch as as Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Adam Hermanson of Integration Design Group Design Group, Holy Family Pastor Fr. Pat Riley, Doug Pickert Building Committee Chairman and Michael Blackledge, Piper-Wind Architects turn the first shovels of dirt for the new Holy Family Catholic Church. (Photo courtesy Holy Family Catholic Church)
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Bulldozers and land movers have already moved into the neighborhood of 8th and Birch Street to begin work on building the new Holy Family Catholic Church. Last Sunday, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Kansas City Kansas Archdiocese was in Eudora to break ground for the new church.
“The Archbishop said he’s been to many groundbreakings, but this was the best one he’s been to,” Pastor Fr. Pat Riley said.
Not only did the church hold the traditional groundbreaking ceremonies, the morning included fireworks, an airplane flyby and an appearance by the Eudora Fire Department with an honorary water arch.
Parishioners were standing on an outline of where the walls will be for the new church once construction is completed.
Crews began on Tuesday of this week clearing trees and preparing the land for the foundation of the building. The parking lot that was behind the building has been mostly torn out and the baseball diamond has seen it’s final baseball game. The land where the ball field was will become the parking lot for the new building.
Construction is expected to continue for several months. An opening date of the new church has not been determined, but it is expected to be in late summer or early fall of 2015.