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Fayette County parish to break ground for multipurpose center Dec. 16

Stephen Huba
| Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, 11:18 a.m.
An architectural drawing of the proposed multipurpose parish center for St. Peter Parish in Brownsville.
Diocese of Greensburg
An architectural drawing of the proposed multipurpose parish center for St. Peter Parish in Brownsville.

St. Peter Parish in Brownsville, Fayette County, will break ground on a multipurpose parish center at 1 p.m. Dec. 16, with Greensburg Bishop Edward C. Malesic blessing the site.

The parish has outgrown its current facilities and hopes the new parish center will be a catalyst for more growth, said the Rev. Timothy J. Kruthaupt, senior pastor.

“It will open doors to new ministries and services for everyone in the parish, from youth to seniors. It will also help bring in people who are not parishioners and introduce them to our ministries,” Kruthaupt said.

The new center, to be built on parish-owned land on Church Street, will include a multipurpose 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.

Parish ministries and religious education classes currently compete for space in the parish office building, which originally was a convent.

Although the total cost of the project has not been finalized, a parish capital campaign has raised nearly $1.18 million in gifts and pledges, Kruthaupt said. The building proposal has been in the works for nearly two and a half years.

St. Peter’s will celebrate the 175th anniversary of its church building in 2020.

In June, Malesic blessed a new parish center at St. Florian Parish in United. The $1.5 million project, including building and grounds, was funded in part by parishioner pledges totaling $690,000.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, shuba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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