Matt Lasley | GC News-GazetteSt. Paul parishioners had a meal to celebrate the dedication of their new parish hall.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

St. Paul parishioners had a meal to celebrate the dedication of their new parish hall.

After more than three years of labor, St. Paul Catholic Church held the official dedication of its newly completed parish hall and catechetical center on Saturday night, Dec. 16.

At around 6 p.m. on Saturday, St. Paul parishioners gathered inside the new parish hall for the dedication, conducted by William Medley, Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro, with the assistance of Father Steve Hohman, pastor of St. Paul.

"This will be an extension of God's house for us," said Medley of the new center.

St. Paul broke ground for the new parish hall in October of 2014, and the facility was built largely through volunteer labor.

"We built it for about half the price of what you'd expect," said Hohman, adding that he preferred to take three years to build the parish hall as opposed to spending 30 years paying for it.

Hohman said it felt good to finally see the parishioners able to gather in the facility, which, in addition to offering a number of offices and a meeting

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room, will also be utilized by the students at St. Paul School.

The facility also offers the school's very first gymnasium, as well.

While, Medley said, many people have come and gone from the St. Paul parish over the last 200 years, he prays that the new parish hall will serve as a gathering place, not just for the current generation, but numerous generations to come.

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St. Paul parishioners had a meal to celebrate the dedication of their new parish hall.

Bishop William Medley, right, dedicates the new St. Paul parish hall and catechetical center on Saturday.

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An outside view of the new St. Paul Parish Hall.