Bishop Carl A. Kemme blessed and dedicated a new parish hall Tuesday, June 20, at St. Joseph Parish in Yates Center.
Parish council vice president Mary Anne Sedlacek thanked everyone involved. “The parish council, under the direction of Father (John) Miller, was relentless in meeting all the deadlines, paperwork requirements, and meetings. It wasn’t easy at times. Diocesan requirements and paperwork, construction issues, difficult decisions, and sometimes even fear, kept everyone on their toes!”
Bishop Kemme was especially thanked because he “had the confidence in our parish to be able to start and complete this project on budget and without any debt,” Sedlacek said.
“Your continued support and guidance throughout the project gave Father Miller and the parish council the much needed assurance that our parish deserved this hall and can support it financially. You and the diocese are greatly appreciated.”
The hall was used even before its completion. Last spring, the elementary school was in need of temporary classrooms during a required evacuation due to asbestos. Both classrooms in the parish hall were utilized by the second grade and the commons area was used for lunch. The PSR classes were able to use the hall for their Christmas program.
Ground was broken for the hall on March 24, 2016.
Other members of the council are President Glen Massoth, Secretary Vicki Hay, Treasurer Laura Douglas, and PSR Coordinator Leon Weber.
Members of building committees and others involved were Chuck Sievers, Mary Anne Sedlacek, Don Koester, Corky Bauer, Leon Weber, Andy Jirgens, Nick Hay, Ron and Jamie Showmaker, and the Altar Society that donated the appliances for the kitchen.