If you have traveled Route 309 through Mountaintop lately, you almost certainly have noticed the rapid construction progress of the new St. Jude Church.
After nearly a decade of planning and fundraising, construction began on the new church in July. Fully completed is the first phase of construction, which included the excavation and foundation, and the second phase which included the pouring of the floors and the erection of the steel skeleton of the building. As of this writing, in the early months of 2017, the roof and walls are nearly in place and visible to passers by. The new 20,000 sq. ft. church will have 850 seats.
“As it stands now, if you walk in the construction site, you can clearly see all the delineated spaces of the new church,” said Pastor, Fr. Joe Evanko . “We are excited that we are coming closer and its really taking shape to the excitement of the people.”
Father Joe will welcome Bishop Joseph Bambera to tour the site this Thursday, March 9, as he has done periodically throughout the process. The Bishop will hold a mass for the students of St. Jude School at 10 a. m. and then meet with the architect and construction manager afterward to monitor the progress.
While there is no set date as of yet for the upcoming dedication, Father Joe says that the project is on target to be completed by the goal of late summer, early fall of 2017. He