St. Joseph’s Catholic Church builds new Parish Hall in downtown Grand Junction
OLD PARISH HALL
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church has hosted more than 100 years of weddings, receptions, services and community services.
The demolition of the old Parish Hall started in October 2012 with the help of Shaw Construction. The main reason the church decided to rebuild instead of repair was it was more cost effective.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is expanding with a new Parish Hall at its downtown site — 230 N. Third St. There are also plans for several other new church structures to be built over time.
“This project has been made possible mostly from the parishioners,” said Father Edmundo Valera of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. “We are doing this for our needs now, but also for the future.”
The new $2.5 million, 11,000 square-foot church facility has been in the works for the last three years — due to a dilapidated, old Parish Hall (which was torn down in 2012) and need for more space to accommodate a growing congregation. A master plan has also been created, which calls for more expansions and construction projects over the next decade.
The new building will likely be done in May.
Stained-glass windows, which are more than a century old, were saved from the old Parish Hall structure during the tear-down process. They are being restored with the addition of another panel to include a rendering of St. Joseph with an image of the old Parish Hall in commemoration of its historical significance.
According to Valera, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church continues to grow and he hopes to incorporate more children’s educational classes and events in the new building.
“This building won’t be exclusive to the Catholic community,” he said. “It is open for the whole community as well. The Grand Valley is pretty vibrant. They have a lot of things going on, and the community needs a venue to do some of those activities.”
St. Joseph’s new Parish Hall will be available for pot lucks, weddings, funeral dinners, and more, Valera added.
Church and building committee member, Jerrett Bond, has been involved with the process since its inception.
“It’s been a long process,” Bond said. “We wanted to make sure we planned on the parish community growing and have a plan in place.”
He agreed with Valera that the church needs to focus on youth groups and children’s programs.
“I just can’t wait for it to be done,” Bond said. “It’s been great to see how people want to help out and pitch in. We are grateful for the help and donations.”
For more information, visit http://www.stjosephgj.org.
Caitlin Row, Free Press editor, contributed to this article.
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