For several years, the leaders and parishioners of St. Gertrude Catholic Church have been hoping and dreaming for a new parish hall. Over the years, the vision of the hall has changed due to the needs of the church, but things are finally becoming a reality as construction on the hall has started.
“I inherited the project when I got here in July, 2017,’’ said Rev. Joseph Lopez. “Planning had been going on for several years—basically just as a church hall with bathrooms—when the needs changed due to the evolving mission of the church.”
After a lot of thought, planning and discussion, the new parish hall will have 14,000 square feet of space including bathrooms, a chapel for small church services and sacraments, a couple of meeting rooms that can be combined into one medium-sized room, along with a full kitchen and other facilities to hold larger gatherings and events.
“The planning changed because we have a strong outreach program here,” Rev. Lopez said. “We work well with a number of different Catholic charities, and we needed more space and more storage. The new design facilitates that need.”
Rev. Lopez estimates the new parish hall, along with a newly resurfaced parking lot, should be completed by November 2020.
“It’s been a blessing to see the parish come together,” Rev. Lopez said. “To see the generosity of the parish community has been very moving.”
Corey George, the superintendent of the project for Barcom out of Corpus Christi, said he has “enjoyed working with the church” on the parking lot and hall.
“We have enjoyed our time in Kingsville and working with the town and the church community,” added Tyler Youslher, the quality manager for Barcom.
“This has been a great project to work on.”