Sunday ceremony to celebrate completion of new school, parish

Our Lady of the Lake Parish of Lake Oswego will hold a celebratory Mass for its new parish center and education facility on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Special speaker for the event will be Archbishop John G. Vlazny of the Archdiocese of Portland, who will dedicate and bless the new building.

The Mass marks the conclusion of "Building in Faith," the building effort by Our Lady of the Lake, lasting 14 years and costing $15.6 million. The project provides the transition from the old buildings to the new structures for education and parish business.

"I thank all who have worked so hard to make this building possible," said Fr. Joseph S. McMahon, who retired earlier this year as OLL pastor after 14 years of service. "Their dedication and perseverance over the last decade have overcome economic uncertainty, archdiocesan bankruptcy and restructuring, land use restrictions and a few concerned critics.

"It is because of their passion we are able to build a modern facility that will help the parish and the school to live our mission as we continue to be called to faith, love and service to our community."

The new facility was made possible through the successful Building in Faith campaign, which raised $13.6 million. Of the many gifts to the campaign, the most notable was a $5 million challenge gift from 1976 OLL alumnus John Kleinheinz Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas. The gift was made in honor of his parents, John Sr. and Jane Kleinheinz of Lake Oswego, who will be honored at Sunday's ceremony.

The new parish center and education facility is a 55,000-square-foot two-story building and will house the varied parish ministries, including the school for grades kindergarten through eighth. The project has also improved the outdoor athletic spaces and the traffic flow around the property.

"The school was built for a 1950's curriculum," said long-time school Principal Joan Codd. "Today's curriculum has breakout rooms for special classes such as science, art and music to name a few. The new school will provide interactive space for today's learning environment."

Sunday's celebration begins with Mass in the church at 11 a.m. The ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony will be held at noon, followed by a tour of the new facility and the church.

Friends, neighbors, donors, school parents and parishioners are invited to attend.

Our Lady of the Lake is located at 650 A Ave. in Lake Oswego.

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