ST. LAURENCE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Parish Life Center
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: August 2014
The masonry fence along the perimeter of the property is now completed, so we can begin to move forward on demolition of the RE Center beginning the week of August 18 to make way for the construction of our new Ave Maria Parish Life Center! 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! Thanks to 2,046 families, we have raised $7,329,481, over 81% of our $9 million goal. 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
For the next 14 months, we will 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:
- Park in the FBISD Annex parking lot
- Do NOT park on the streets
- Use the crosswalks or cross with the help of a security officer
- If you live close by, walk to church
- If you must drive, please limit cars per family or even carpool with neighbors
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 and construction begins
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 be double the size of our existing Religious Education Center, with 3 large gathering rooms, a dedicated Youth Room, 4 large meeting rooms, 15 classrooms and a kitchen adequate in size to serve large groups. It will have an elevator and improved mobility to give people who are wheelchair-dependent full access to both levels of the building, and the new structure will comply with VIRTUS© guidelines, offering secure access so we can 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!