Brooklyn's Sacred Heart Church breaks ground for Fellowship Hall
A ground-breaking ceremony for Sacred Heart Church's new Fellowship Hall was held on Saturday afternoon, June 16.
The new hall, as yet un-named, will be sited on S.E. 11th Avenue, on land just north of the Rectory, where Sacred Heart School once stood. Since the loss of the original fellowship meetingplace – Gregory Hall, on Center Street – for the construction of today's Sacred Heart Villa, parishioners have eagerly anticipated construction of a replacement.
Father Bob Barricks revealed that 95% of the church's parishioners have either pledged or donated funds to the project. "We are a small parish, yet over the past two and a half years we've raised $2.1 million for the costs of the project," he reflected. "The new hall will be able to seat 250 people for a meal."
The speaker for the 5:30 p.m. ceremony was John Eckart, from Pacific Crest Construction – which commenced work on the project June 25, when the excavator arrived. Architectural designs have been shared with the community throughout the past two and a half years of planning. Father Bob blessed the site during a brief rain shower, saying, "We're hoping to celebrate Easter 2019 in the new hall."
A highlight of the groundbreaking was the participation of the church's three oldest parishioners, each wearing corsages – Carol Pavlakovich, Maxine Lanctot, and Josephine Rivelli – each of whom joined in shoveling the first dirt for the construction of new hall.
The architectural design of the new hall will feature the same Gothic design elements as the church and rectory, to present a unified theme for the complex. The building will have ADA access, and a kitchen; with additional parking planned for the east side of the building.