Ministry growth drives expansion plans at Ascension

Ascension artist rendering
Ascension Catholic Community, Melbourne, faces a challenge that many parishes would welcome: the challenge of rapidly growing ministries.

"We are such an active parish and have so many ministries. It is hard to schedule meetings. We are always looking for space," explained parish bookkeeper, Mary Russo.

A much-needed solution is now on its way.

Construction is almost complete on a new and larger ministry center, located across from the existing ministry building on the parish campus. The 10,000 sq ft, single-story facility will include meeting rooms, classrooms and a small kitchen as well as the central feature: a large all-purpose gathering space.

"It's the largest all-purpose meeting space we've ever had," commented Mary Russo.

Strong and healthy ministries are the dream of every parish. They are an expression of faith that is lived in action and service. Like all of God's gifts, the fruits of ministry quickly multiply as more and more people are drawn to a fuller participation in the faith.

At Ascension, the parish had become so active that the campus facilities were no longer sufficient to accommodate the community's long term needs.

"Our ministries were all competing for space in our present building," observed Fr. EamonTobin, Pastor.

To fund the construction, generous parishioners raised almost $2.3 million during the parish's Alive in Christ Campaign in 2009. The project was one of several priorities, which also included support for a local outreach ministry, the Space Coast Center for Women and Children.

"I am most grateful for all the people who have pledged to Alive in Christ at Ascension and are remaining faithful to their commitments," said Fr. Tobin. "There are so many worthwhile causes. Our families chose to support this endeavor, and I'm very thankful."

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