Members of St. Martha Catholic Church in Kingwood had a few more reasons to be thankful over the past holiday weekend. The congregation celebrated the groundbreaking of their new campus after their 12:45 p.m. Mass on Sunday. To make this event even more special, His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo celebrated the Mass and presided over the groundbreaking ceremony by performing a Rite of Blessing of a New Building Site. St. Martha’s pastor Rev. Msgr. Chester L. Borski, Parochial Vicars Rev. Linh N. Nguyen and Rev. T.J. Dolce, and other dignitaries assisted Cardinal DiNardo during this special event. Phase I of the construction project, which is already underway, includes the church building, administration building and rectory. The 40,000-square-foot sanctuary that will seat 1,600 parishioners, will be completed in approximately thirteen months. The exterior will consist of brick and Texas limestone that will be complemented by four large rose windows and an 85-foot main dome. There will also be a 24-hour adoration chapel contained within the sanctuary and a domed bell tower upon completion. The new facilities are being constructed on 35 acres of land that is about a half mile from the parish’s current location at the corner of Woodland Hills Drive and Oak Shores Drive. “We needed to start this major project due to the current and estimated growth that our congregation will experience within the next eight to ten years.” Alan Raymond, chairman of the financial council and capital campaign committee, explained. The second phase of the project includes the design and construction of two new buildings: a multi-story combined social services/family life center and a chapel to seat 300 parishioners for daily Mass, weddings and funerals. The third and last phase is more long-term; it will consist of the design and construction of a new school complex to accommodate more than 800 students ranging from pre-K through eighth grade. “It was fantastic to have Cardinal DiNardo serve mass and preside over our groundbreaking ceremony. His time is vary valuable and by coming here, he showed us his support for our significant project and to our commitment for serving our community,” said Raymond. Turner Partners Architecture, L.P., utilizing the most current compliance and energy codes available, has designed the church building and the general contractor is J.E. Dunn Construction. In addition to the buildings, there is planned parking for more than 650 vehicles. To learn more about St. Martha Catholic Church or their new construction plans, visit: www.stmartha.com.  Photo: Groundbreaking ceremonies were recently held in Kingwood at a new campus site for St. Martha Catholic Church. From left to right, front row are: Brandon Leake, Marco Casanova, Danny Tod, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Rev. Msgr. Chester L. Borski, Craig Alexander, Philip Fraissinet and Wayne Theis. From left to right, back row are: Steve Teets, Rick Frantz, Theresa Miller, Dan Huberty and Stan Sarman.  Photo courtesy of Charles Falk.

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