Did you know that St. Vincent de Paul is one of the largest parishes in Omaha? With nearly 11,000 parishioners and 3,000 families, as well as more than 100 parish-related ministries and groups, you can imagine the constant activity we have on our campus throughout the week.
While we strive to serve our parish family in every way, it is very difficult to provide adequate space when multiple requests are made to hold gatherings here. With only three daytime meeting rooms available, scheduling issues arise almost daily, and often people are turned away, said Kathy Wilhelm, our parish office coordinator.
That’s where a new Parish Center will help.
The Parish Center will have a large parish hall and five 30-person meeting rooms – two of them able to be converted to seat up to 50. “This will provide more than enough space for parish-related groups and committees to meet simultaneously. It also will give people space to attend programs and classes with minimal disruption to students in the five-day school and Wednesday Religious Education classes. Many times programs for large groups of people are held in the school cafeteria or gym, which does not allow for parish sports programs and after school care programs.”
“With a Parish Center, we can expand our ministries, including our community outreach programs, and offer spiritual growth opportunities for more people interested in adult formation classes or parish missions. It allows us to collaborate with the archdiocese and area churches to host events, Bible studies and retreats to serve the broader Catholic community in Omaha.
We also will have space for the community to rent for celebrations such as bridal showers, graduations, wedding anniversaries and wedding receptions.
A Parish Center will enable the parish to continue fulfilling our mission. Building a Parish Center next to the church brings our parishioners together with a sense of a community who worship together, learn together and serve together.”