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I.C. Fairbank is building new parish center

FAIRBANK — Parishioners of Immac­u­late Conception Catholic Church in Fair­bank gathered Sunday, May 8 for the ground breaking of their new Parish Center.

Deacon Jim Patera gave a blessing of the ground and the project, as construction is soon to begin. Ron Woods of Woods Construction, Fairbank, will be the general contractor along with local sub contractors within the parish.

The parish center will have a seating capacity of 320 for social events, the deacon’s office, secretary and DRE office, a full kitchen, and several classrooms for the religious education programs. There are 85 families within the religious education program, that involves 171 students. Growth is constant within the Immaculate Conception Parish.

The amount needed to complete the project is $1.2 million dollars, with more than $800,000 dollars pledged and/or donated to date. Members of the Capital Campaign Committee are working to contact all parishioners by the end of May.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was built in 1868 and today there are 320 registered families in the parish.

Immaculate Conception parish shares Father Paul McManus, Sacramental Priest, with Sacred Heart, Oelwein, and Deacon Jim Patera, Parish Life Coordinator.

For more information about the Parish Center being built at Immaculate Conception in Fairbank, contact Jennifer Ciesielski, parish secretary at 319-635-2211.

Contributed photo: (l to r) John and Sharon Woods, Ron Woods and Joe and Colleen Bovy, as Deacon Jim gives the blessing, before a crowd of parishioners.