Published December 15, 2016
What started as an idea by our parish pastor in the Fall of 2012 became reality four years later as St. Joseph The Worker Parish in Portland broke ground recently on its remodel and addition of a new sanctuary and social hall.
Father John Amsberry, pastor acknowledged in 2012 that the present sanctuary was inadequate to serve the growing congregation in Southeast Portland. A poor HVAC system and weekly overflow crowd that received closed circuit television for mass in the social room were just a few of the issues facing the parish at that time. In addition, the parish's increased commitment to serve the local community through a very active peace and justice effort required a larger facility for cooking and serving of community dinners and events.
Through a lot of hard work, commitment, determination and generous giving by parishioners and community members, St. Joseph The Workers' project is rapidly moving forward. In front of over 250 in attendance, Father John capped off the groundbreaking celebration with a few sledge hammer swings to start the demolition process.
The parish was thrilled last May, 2016 when we completed a challenge we were given to raise $3.9 million for the project. We succeeded in that effort and have since added to that total and currently stand at $4,167,000.00. As with most remodels, we are being fiscally responsible to assume some unanticipated costs. We already do know some of the added costs associated with additional parking requirements and sewer systems. In addition we are dealing with increased prices on our bids due to the local economic construction boom. In order to stay within our budget to begin the remodel, we have identified several items in the project that will be put on hold until we have the necessary funding for each item. We will keep you informed and we continue to work on the final budget.
With that being said, we will continue our fundraising plan. We humbly welcome any gift which would help St. Joseph The Worker with the additional funding needed. Click on the "Donate" button or contact Cathy Keathley, Business Manager at 503-761-8710, ext. 103.
The Grant Company, Inc. from Mt. Angel, OR. is the General Contractor and Portland based Diloreto Architecture LLC is the architect.