MEAD (SNR) — Members of St. James Parish in Mead held a celebration Oct. 12 to mark paying off the parish’s long-term debt.
Parishioner Kathy Cherovsky said the potluck brunch was a good time to reflect on the success of the parish building campaign.
Parishioners paid off the $1.8 million, 30-year note on the church, hall and rectory in January 2014; 16 years early.
Joining in the celebration was current pastor, Father Brian Kane, and Father Charles Townsend, who was pastor when the decision to build was made and the building committee formed. Dale and Dorothy Konecky donated the purchase price of the land, and the building project got underway.
The building committee met for three years before the ground breaking, which was held May 13, 2000. Construction started in July 2000, and the dedication ceremony and dinner, attended by more than 500 people, were held Feb. 11, 2001. Presiding at the groundbreaking and dedication was Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz.
St. James’ previous church was built in the early 1880s and accommodated 80 to 100 people. The current church seats about 400.
Parishioners serving on the building committee and attending the celebration Oct. 12 included Father Townsend, Jim and Sharon Hollst, Eldon and Cheryl Moser, Connie Eckley, Dan and Marie Gruenes, and Ed Cherovsky. Others on the building committee included Jane Gerhard, Alice Erickson, Joe Menard, and Dorothy Konecky. Jim Eckley, Dale Konecky, Terri Luetkenhaus and Jack McEvoy were also on the committee but have since died.