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St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Host Summer Celebration May 29

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., May 14, 2015--When St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish opens its doors to the general public for a special "Summer Celebration" on Friday, May 29, from 6 p.m. to midnight, those in attendance will be welcomed to find their place by the bandshell being brought in for a toe-tapping party in the parking lot, food, drinks, dancing and entertainment.

The event will be held on the parish grounds at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.  Cost of admission is $5 per person.  Hot dogs, brat's, Jet's pizza, pop and water will be available for a minimal fee.  A full cash bar also will be available, serving keg and canned beer, wine and a variety of mixed drinks.

Live music will be provided by performers with the Scottville Clown Band from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by Soul'd Out Band, featuring lead singer and parishioner Bubba LeClair, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

"It's exciting to celebrate the arrival of summer along with the midway point of our capital camaign, which will be wrapping up this fall.  In addition to recognizing our progress within this signature fundraising effort, which is now over 70 percent of our total goal, we will also challenge our 'fun-raising' ability as we welcome the Scottville Clown Band and Soul'd Out to our parish campus for an evening of entertainment and fellowship," said Jim MacLachlan, co-director with the parish's capital campaign.

In case of inclement weather, the Summer Celebration will be held in the Parish Family Center at the same address.

"We're proud not only of the meaningful relationships we have with one another as members of this vibrant parish family but also of our significant commitment to-and involvement in-the entire community.  That's something worth celebrating!  We invite everyone to come and join in the revelry as we greet the arrival of our favorite season," said MacLachlan.

In June 2014, St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish embarked on a three-day capital stewardship campaign, known as "Opening Doors to Welcome and Serve."  Since that time, the campaign has raised $2.87 million in pledges.  When combined with other pre-committed resources such as savings, proceeds from a land sale and funds pledged from foundation sources, the parish has reached over 70 percent of its goal.  The parish needs to raise an overall $4.5 million in pledges toward the total project goal of $5.5 million.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish is poised to make the following renovations and improvements through capital campaign funding:

* Create a neew "welcoming" entry and gathering space.

*Connect the existing Family center and Church with the addition of a new gathering space and Pastoral Services Building.

*The new "two-story" Pastoral Services Building will be served by an elevator and include parish offices, conference rooms, serving kitchen, cafeteria, lounge and nursery.  All staff and volunteers will move to one location for greater efficiencies.

*The Food Pantry, Job Seekers, ESL and GED programs will be relocated to the west end of the Family Center and designated as an "Outreach Center" for greater accessibility off the main parking lot.

*The church will feature a relocated Cry Room and new Reconciliation Room; new lighting and sound systems will also be installed.  New liturgical designs will be incorporated into the plan.

*A new Music Room will be added for choir practice, musical instrument safe keeping and song materials.

*Raze the outdated Administration Building, which floods is not handicapped accessible or energy efficient.  Deteriorating tile floors are hazardous to staff, guests and volunteers.

"We are excited about our upcoming capital project, which will not only improve our spiritual space but also our spaces that benefit the larger Tri-Cities area, such as the Food Pantry and the Job Seekers program office.  It will be a great evening to celebrate summer and the parish's role in this wonderful community," said Sheila Steffel, co-director with the parish's capital campaign.

Anyone interested in receiving further information about the event should contact St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Office:  616/842-0001, ext. #202.

St. Patrick Parish began as a mission site in 1857 and the first Church was built at the current location of 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven in 1872.  In 1911, St. Anthony's Church was formed in Robinson Township and became a mission parish of St. Patrick's.  The current Church was opened in 1957 after the old Church was torn down to make room for Route 31.  The Family Center was added in 1973 and in 2012 both parishes merged into St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.

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