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A year-long construction project at Brooklyn's Sacred Heart Church is done, and here's the result

RITA A. LEONARD - Sacred Heart Churchs new Fellowship Hall on S.E 10th Avenue in Brooklyn is now open. Sacred Heart Church's new Fellowship Hall on S.E. 10th Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood opened neighbors to visit on June 1, and to the church's parishioners on June 2.

At the earlier informal inspection, visitors were able to admire the two-story public meeting space, and chat with architect Kevin Godwin of SG Architecture, as well as others who assisted in the year-long construction project.

Wide windows and six chandeliers were lighting the meeting space, which was dotted with chairs and tables to serve visitors snacks and celebratory drinks. Father Bob Barricks, fresh from Sunday Mass at the nearby church, chatted with visitors and volunteers at the breakfast buffet. Choir Director Marie Phillippi and Carol Biel, piano accompanist for most of Sacred Heart's services, also provided information on the new building.

The new hall features the same Ionic columns and Gothic design elements as the adjacent rectory and Catholic Church, providing a unified parish frontage. Daryl Phillippi revitalized the 57-year-old wooden sign that originally hung at S.E. Center Street and Milwaukie Avenue, and it now hangs from the new structure.

A basement kitchen houses the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, chaired by Gary Lancot. Design committee leader Margaret Barilko told THE BEE, "We serve about 200 people through this organization, with 30 volunteers making about 35 weekly foodbox deliveries to families. The original baptismal font displayed above the south entry doors was rejuvenated by Teresa Rivelli, before placement."

Parishioners donated over $2 million to the building fund during the planning period. Parking and landscaping were the last details completed. Susy Petersen sat at a table near the hall entrance, registering donors and walkers for the "Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk" to be held on June 29th. "This is the second year we've had a 'Sacred Heart Has Heart' team," she commented. "We do this in support of one of our parishioners, who suffers from Scleroderma."

Weeks later, the official celebration and blessing of the new Parish Hall took place on June 28.


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