Corpus Christi celebration


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From left, Andrew Stewart, Bishop Peter Christensen, Mike Hanigan, Rick LaHuis, Jackie Denig, Dave Davies, Father Camilo and Charles Lawrence during a blessing and dedication of the new social hall at Corpus Christi Parish in Fruitland.  (Courtesy photo /Bob Dodson)

Bishop Peter Christensen, with the help of Ernie Knee, master of ceremonies for Corpus Christi Parish, blesses the new social hall.  (ICR photo/Vero Gutiérrez)

Corpus Christi celebration

Bishop Peter blesses $2.5 million expansion at Fruitland parish

FRUITLAND – Bishop Peter Christensen blessed a new $2.5 million addi-tion to Corpus Christi Parish in Fruitland on Sept. 6, which happened to fall on the 13th anniversary of the dedication of the main church in 2007. 

The dedication and blessing of the new social hall had to be postponed due to the pandemic, but Father Camilo Garcia, the parish pastor, is not complaining. “Having the opportunity to celebrate the 13th anniversary of our church and the blessing of this new addition on the same date could not have been better,” he said. 

Bishop Peter presided over an anniversary Mass before he blessed the new addition. Father Camilo concelebrated and assisting were Deacons Sal Carranza and Daniel Gamboa.

The social hall has a capacity to seat 336 in a formal setting and adjoins an outdoor courtyard that will allow celebrations to flow from inside to outside. The addition also includes a state-of-the-art kitchen, four offices (to replace an office trailer behind the church), a conference room, a secured document storage room, a food bank and a reception area. 

In 2017, 10 years after the new church was built, Father Camilo and the par-ish determined that it was time to take the next step to raise funds for and build the social hall, the second of a three-phase construction project.

A number of parishioners volunteered to head up the “God’s Mission: Our Vi-sion” capital campaign including co-chairs Rick LaHuis and Mike Hanigan and committee members Abraham Becerril, Connie Cabrera, Dave Codding, David Davies, Jackie Denig, Mike Hanigan, Alejandro Juarez, Jose-Luis Mondada, Luis Ortega, Ann Prester, Lyla Schiehing and Martin Zavala.

The parish hired the Boise firms of Glancey Rockwell & Associates as architects to design the project, Andersen Construction to build the project, and Lynch & Associates financial services to help with the fundraising cam-paign. The parish received pledges of just under $1.2 million, well beyond the $800,000 the parish expected to raise.  The church and the social hall were given a significant boost by the financial help of the Paul and Pearl Johanek family. 
A third phase of the project to be completed in the future will include an educational wing. 

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