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St. Gabriel raising funds for building


St. Gabriel Catholic Church is planning to conduct a capital fund drive to raise at least $2 million to build a new gym and cafeteria.

The capital campaign, “Building the Beacon of Hope,” will officially commence with a kick-off celebration at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. A minimum goal of $2 million has been set for the effort. That would provide seed money for the gym and cafeteria. A challenge goal of $2.7 million would allow the parish to complete the gym and cafeteria without any remaining debt.

The campaign will culminate with a Commitment Weekend on Sunday, April 28. Members and select other people will be personally visited and invited to support the project.

The parish commissioned and convened a building committee that consists of parish and school representation in what is called the Beacon of Hope planning process. Parishioners had a chance to view two conceptual designs and gave feedback. The building committee commissioned a third conceptual design that incorporates the parish’s desire to welcome, create intentional spaces for ministries like bereavement and youth, safety, minimize effects on parking, balance between beauty and practicality, and so on. 

Walsh & Associates of Burnsville, Minnesota, church capital campaign specialists, is providing campaign advice and assistance. The same company assisted the parish with an earlier feasibility study.

St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 232 W. 9th St., has been part of the Connersville community since 1851. Father Dustin Boehm is pastor.