Recently, our parish embarked on a capital campaign to raise funds for expansion. To date, parishioners have committed over $10 million to continue the mission. On April 18th, 2016, we blessed the site and broke ground on three projects included this campaign.
The Outreach Facility will be the new home of St. Anthony’s Bread Food Pantry, which served over 18,000 people in 2015, and the parish chapter of St. Vincent de Paul Society, which assisted over 4,900 people with over $320,000 in emergency financial support last year. The Outreach Building will also feature additional meeting rooms and office space.
The Sports Fields will be relocated and expanded to include a regulation-size football field, in addition to athletic space for cross country, soccer, softball, and baseball. On a daily basis, nearly 1,400 students, parents, parishioners and staff benefit from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School’s fields.
Additionally, approximately 300 parking spaces will be added to serve over 6,000 registered families that attend St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.
Father Tom Rafferty, Pastor and Mitch Eichelberger, Chair, For the Greater Glory of God Campaign, greeted the attendees in ceremony and blessed the site. Father Tom and Mr. Eichelberger were joined by: Gayelene McIngvale, Honorary Chair, Anne Dunlap, Honorary Chair, Kate Mims, Honorary Chair, Mary Spillers, St. Anthony's Bread Food Pantry, Matt Mazanek, St. Vincent de Paul, Jacob & Bella Rios, St. Anthony of Padua School students, John Clements, AIA, Jackson & Ryan Architects, Vicky Pafk, Finance Council.
Dr. Ed Robb, Chair of the Woodlands Township Board of Directors, concluded the ceremony in prayer and thanksgiving. A special thank you to Patrick Salmon for piping and Danel Macaluso for serving our reception. Thank you sincerely to all who attended and celebrated with us!
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