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St Benedict's Church parishioners are now enjoying the church's new addition

Posted: Thu, Sep 13, 2018 10:24 AM
St. Benedict's new addition is nearing completion

After two years of planning and designing, construction on the addition to St Benedict's Church in Decorah is nearing the end. The new addition was opened for the first time last weekend.  Church members had been meeting at St Benedict's School during part of the renovations.  They moved back into their building for services in April, even though the project wasn't finished.

Members of the building and design committee are Don Elsbernd, Larry Hauber, George Tekippe, Bonnie Arneson, Father Donald Hertges and former pastor Father Phil Gibbs.

The new addition offers a drive through with a protected overhang to the side of the gathering space that is helpful for handicap and elderly members getting dropped off, according to committee member Bonnie Arneson.

When you enter the new addition, a warm, welcoming, gathering space is located just off the original building.  An elevator and brand new bathrooms are to one side of the gathering space and the chapel is on the other side. The chapel will serve multiple purposes. It will hold mass services and will be an overflow to the sanctuary as needed.

The basement floor of the new addition holds a brand new large kitchen and a classroom. Relocating the kitchen from the parish hall gave the parish hall more space.

The Knights of Columbus donated the plaque of the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments that are attached to the brick on the new addition. A large six-foot cross will be added above the plaques.

On Saturday, October 20th at 5:30 p.m., Archbishop Michael Jackels will be at St. Benedict's to hold a dedication service for the new addition.  Mass will be at 5:30 p.m with a social afterwards in the Parish Hall.

The gathering space features comfortable chairs, tables, open space, and large windows
The chapel is perfect for daily mass
The chapel will serve as overflow to the sanctuary
The basement features a large classroom off the new kitchen