Bishop Carl A. Kemme will bless the renovations at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Newton at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 12.
Father Juan Garza, said the parish is excited about the update. “We put everything in God’s hands, who makes everything possible – and here we are!”
The pastor added that he also feels blessed because the parish has made him part of their families.
The renovation was needed for a long time, he said.
The work is extensive and includes the church, the gathering space, the pastor’s and parish offices, a confessional, a sacristy, and in the basement, classrooms and a parish school of religion office.
The work began in September for the 540-family parish whose roots reach back almost a century, when Father William Schaffers, an assistant at St. Mary Parish in Newton, began ministering to Spanish-speaking immigrant families from Mexico.
The parish, which originally worshipped in a mission chapel, has been served by diocesan, Franciscan, and Augustinian priests.
The current building was constructed under the direction of Father Francis Cox who was assigned to the parish in 1956. Construction of the church was completed 58 years ago on May 17, 1959.