Bay Village’s St. Raphael Church family smiled through the raindrops Sunday afternoon as ground was broken for the new church after the 12:30 Mass.
“What a truly amazing and exciting time for our Parish and our history,” said Fr. Timothy Gareau, Pastor. “We move forward in hope, enthusiasm, and humility in what God can accomplish through us!”
Church pews and fixtures are now being removed in preparation for the demolition of the existing church building. The new church will be fan-shaped with a capacity of 1,100 and will front on Dover Center Road. The ceremonial entrance will be along the north side of the building.
Stained glass windows from the existing church will be refurbished and installed in the new church. The crucifix, tabernacle and all of the existing marble will be incorporated into the new church. Along with the new church, a chapel and a community room that will be able to accommodate functions for up to 200 people will be built.
St Raphael Parish has grown to over 3,500 families. Over 80 ministries are available to meet the needs of the parish community and those in need. The school is a Blue-Ribbon School with an enrollment of 780 students. Another 650 students participate in the Parish School of Religion.
Construction will take 12-14 months. During this time, Masses will be held in the PAC. The dedication of the new church will be held on August 22, 2015.
Participants in the groundbreaking were: James Malik – Zarzycki-Malik Architects, Architect, Robert Zarzycki – Zarzycki-Malik Architects, Architect, Ed Maher – Parishioner & Honorary Campaign Chairman, Kris McGivney – Parishioner and Project Manager, Rev Ryan J Cubera – Parochial Vicar, Rev Timothy W Gareau – Pastor, Anthony Valencic – John G Johnson Construction Co, Project Manager, Marty Weber – John G Johnson Construction Co, Project Executive, Mike Weber – John G Johnson Construction Co, Project Manager, Maureen and Steve Smith – parishioners and Campaign Chairpersons