SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A proud day for parishioners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church in the south end of Springfield. 22News found out how much a new parish center will mean to the Italian-American community supporting their church.
They broke ground Sunday afternoon for the 2.2 million dollar parish center on William Street. Religious education and a great room for 200 people will be the hallmarks of the parish center when it’s completed next year.
Parish Priest, Father Robert White told 22News, he’s not surprised by support from the parishioners at Sunday’s milestone event. “Our people are so wonderful, so supportive, they always have been a wonderful family oriented community, so I’m very happy and pleased so many people turned out for the new adventure for our parish.”
Parishioners have raised the more than 2 million dollars for this soon to be completed building.
Joseph Rueli is president of the Mount Carmel parish council. “Ever since we completed the renovation of the church our plans have been to build a parish center, CCD programs, and the facility downstairs in the church wasn’t adequate.”
Mayor Domenic Sarno also attend the groundbreaking so dear to the hearts of generations of Italian-Americans from many Western Massachusetts communities.