Parishioners have been using the new space at Westminster’s St. Mark Catholic Church for a couple of months now, but an official dedication is now on the calendar. Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila is …
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Parishioners have been using the new space at Westminster’s St. Mark Catholic Church for a couple of months now, but an official dedication is now on the calendar.
Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila is expected to be on hand at 7 p.m. June 26 to rededicate the 42-year-old parish and its new addition, at 3141 W. 96th Ave.
“We have a new steeple, a bell tower, and that’s one thing we’re the most proud of,” said Father Ken Koehler, pastor of the church.
The church serves an estimated 1,300 households from northern Westminster and Federal Heights. It’s a growing parish and the remodeling is partly a reflection of that, he said.
“It gave us a little more room, but it really updated everything to make it much more agreeable,” Koehler said. “Then, we built a new baptismal font where people can go in now. It’s not a full immersion font, but people can step in.”
Work remodeling the parish began January 2018 and wrapped up in February. Koehler said the congregation moved their services to the parish center north of the church in the parking lot during construction.
“Everything, the office, everything was remodeled and redone completely,” Koehler said. “The shell of the building is all that’s left and we added a new gathering space on the north side.”
The north side of the building was where the altar was located, he said.
“We took out a wall and added that gathering space on the north and then moved the altar onto the south side of the worship space,” he said. “It’s completely turned around.”
The worship area also includes a new choir loft, he said.
The steeple and bell tower grew out of an agreement between the church and Verizon, Koehler said.
“We were thinking of a bell tower and they wanted a cell tower, and the two of us happened to meet at the right time,” Koehler said. “So they helped us build a tower.”
Koehler said his congregation is very pleased with the new addition.
“It’s really nice, and everyone who comes in says it’s beautiful,” he said. “It’s an especially nice place to pray now.”
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