Ave Maria Parish Life Center
St. Laurence is grateful for the opportunity to build this beautiful facility, which will meet the needs of our parish and community now and in the years ahead!
Construction Update: July 2015
Interior and exterior work is progressing nicely on the new Ave Maria Parish Life Center and we are on schedule to complete construction in October 2015. We are bricking the outside of the building and at this point, we are more than halfway done. Additionally, we are installing the mansard roof and are about halfway done on that as well. The building is now fully waterproofed and inside, we are almost fully done with the sheetrock work. We are currently installing ceilings and cabinets and finishing up the piping on the chillers, so we will have AC when we turn on the power in a few weeks, which will allow us to start installing the flooring.
The parking lot is currently under construction, expanding the existing parking lot on the Sweetwater Blvd side to create more parking spaces. For the next few weeks, the entrance to the parking lot from Sweetwater will be closed. During this time, please use the driveway from Austin Pkwy only to enter and exit the lot.
Join the 2,200 parish families who have already made a contribution to this exciting addition to our parish. This is a very exciting time for our parish family and everyone is invited to be a part of it! If you haven’t yet donated to the Capital Campaign, we need you! Go HERE to download a pledge card or stop by the parish office to pick one up. Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated.
Please Park, Walk & Be Patient
We have fewer parking spots available due to construction of the Ave Maria Parish Life Center. Thanks to our friends at Fort Bend ISD, we have access to their large FBISD Annex parking lot, located across Sweetwater from the church. (Parking here is just as close as parking near the school.) Extra security officers have been hired to help make crossing the street to the church quick and safe. Some little ways you can make a big difference:
Years in the Making
1998 – Purchased property from Williams Trace Baptist Church
2006 – Creation of a Facilities Master Plan for the parish, including a new religious education center
2012 – Parish reassessment and approval of phase 2 of Facilities Master Plan
2013 – Launch of “May Your Glory Shine” capital campaign
2014 – Design approved; demotion & construction began in August 2014
2015 – Construction scheduled to be completed in October 2015
Center for Religious Education & Ministries
The Ave Maria Parish Life Center will be a place, not only for religious education for all ages, but a true “life center” that will be the primary meeting location for our 80+ parish ministries and groups. It will feature 3 large gathering rooms, a dedicated Youth Room, Parish Library, 4 large meeting rooms, 30 classrooms, a courtyard and commercial kitchen, with elevator access to the 2nd floor and enhanced security so we will now be able to hold programs for adults and children simultaneously.
The heart of our worship and the heart of our parish is the Eucharist. But the pulse will be felt across the street in the new Ave Maria Parish Life Center, which will be adequately suited to accommodate the diverse needs of our Catholic family now and for decades to come. Please join with us to make the Ave Maria Parish Life Center a reality!