Muscatine Catholics to break ground for center

MUSCATINE — The Muscatine Catholic community will break ground for a faith formation center addition at Bishop Hayes Catholic School on Saturday, May 30, after 5 p.m. Mass. Time for fellowship and refreshments will follow.

The $2 million facility will include eight classrooms, a youth room, offices, a conference room, multipurpose room and kitchen. It will be used primarily for Bishop Hayes classes, religious education and adult faith-formation events.

The center is needed largely because participation in parish religious education programs has grown “tremendously,” Father Jason Crossen, parish pastor, told parishioners during a capital campaign kickoff in April 2008. And the parish center, Gannon Hall, has been overscheduled.

Muscatine Catholics have been planning for a new center for about three years.

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