Courtesy photo Parish leaders overturn earth at the site of the new Sacred Heart rectory and administrative offices.
A ceremonial groundbreaking for a new rectory and office building at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oberlin was held June 7.
The facility will connect worship space to the parish administrative offices and residence of the pastor, according to Fr. Robert Cole.
The church’s new building will also offer a residence for a priest or two once they come to the age of retirement.
Last summer the parish completed a renovation of the church to make it more accommodating for a retired priest to celebrate Mass.
Construction of the new building should take about four months.
The president rectory and office has been sold to Family Promise of Lorain County, a non-profit agency that works to help the homeless find housing and employment.
Cole said Family Promise is eager to move from its rental space in Elyria since a good amount of the organization’s financial backing comes from those in the Oberlin community, the new offices will be much larger, and there also will be room for support services for families.
For the past seven years, Sacred Heart has been a partner with Family Promise in the Interfaith Hospitality Network, a joint effort by Lorain County churches that provide food and shelter for homeless families for a week at a time throughout the year.