Artists rendition of new parish center aside St. Mary's Church.
The St. Mary's Parish Holy Family Center stands just to the west of St. Mary's Church and is connected to the church with an enclosed corridor.
Consistent with the beauty and symbolism of the existing church buildings, the new Holy Family Center expresses the Catholic faith through architecture. Some of the more prominent of these examples include the building’s main entrance which is formed by three large arched openings symbolizing the Holy Trinity. Other examples include the connector between the Parish Center and the ” new” church which is flanked with seven gothic arches on each of its two exterior walls; the number seven of course mentioned hundreds of times in the bible symbolizing perfection.
Also the main assembly /meeting room space which is flanked on the east and west sides with twelve arched openings commemorates the twelve Apostles. On a larger scale and perhaps less noticeable is the cruciform shape of the building which is taken in part from the Marienkirche.
If you would like to contribute to this great project you may contact any of the committee members call the parish office at 997-9523. The mailing address for St. Mary’s is 307 W. Main St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
The new parish center features:
- Operable partitions to divide up the main portion of the building into several configurations of dedicated meeting rooms and large assembly spaces allowing for multiple functions to occur at the same time
- A dedicated bride’s room for weddings that can also be utilized as meeting space
- A video and sound fee is planned for overflow worship services
- A fully equipped kitchen
- Ample restroom
- A connector hallway will provide access to the church
- A covered drop-off provides access to both the parish center and the church.
Holy Family Center Rentals
To find out more about renting the Holy Family Center for your activity please call Rachel Hood at the St. Mary's Parish office, 830-997-9523, or contact her by e-mail.
Brath Inc. of Round Rock was the general contractor for the project and Randy Stehling of Stehling, Klein, Thomas Architects was the chief architect. “This project is not only a way to evangelize but to offer something back to God,” Stehling said. “To thank God for the talents he has blessed us with.” Stehling said that parishioners had put their “heart and soul into the two churches we now have and I can only hope we can emulate that with the parish center.
“Generally places of worship are the most significant and substantial things that man have built. I believe we evangelize through architecture. It teaches us about our faith and tells us about our faith. That’s what I wanted,” Stehling said when asked what his thoughts were in beginning this project. Stehling said he did not want the new building to take away from the existing two churches but rather to complement them. “But I also wanted it to be compatible in form, scale, detail and materials which are the key elements.”