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Our Lady of Fatima Parish breaks ground for new church
the Inland Register
(From the April 8, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)
Bishop Skylstad presides as Father Jim Kuhns, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, throws the second shovel of dirt at the groundbreaking last month for the parish’s new church. From left: Kevin Jester (architect), Deacon John Byrne, Alice Rubio (chair of the parish Finance Council), Eddie Eugenio (chair of the Pastoral Council), Bishop Skylstad and Father Kuhns. (IR photo from Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane)
After the 10:30 Mass on Sunday morning, March 14, Bishop William Skylstad blessed the ground and turned the first shovel of dirt for the new church for Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane. The project has been in the planning since the parish began a facilities assessment in 1997.
The new facility will be built on the site of the 1959 gym-church, on an expanded footprint over the existing parish hall in the lower level. It will contain a worship space with seating potential for 500, a Eucharistic Reservation Chapel with antique art glass, a gathering space, lavatories and a combination Bride’s Room-Nursery. Access to the parish hall in the lower level will be by stairway and elevator from the new main entrance.
The new church is Phase Two of a three-phase plan; Phase One, completed in the summer of 2001, provided a new heating and ventilating system for All Saints Middle School’s building and a new mechanical building and independent boilers for the new church. Phase Three will replace the window walls of the classroom building and update its wiring and insulation.
The architect is Kevin Jester of Architects West, Coeur d’Alene; the contractor is Walker Construction, Inc., of Spokane. Both bring previous experience in church work to the parish’s project.
The parish hopes for occupancy by Christmas, 2004. Meanwhile the parish gymnasium, divided into worship space and parish hall by low portable walls built by parishioners, serves parish liturgical and social functions.