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St. Henry’s expansion project complete; celebration planned

The addition at St. Henry’s is complete, and the church is ready to share the news and celebrate.

This Sunday, Aug. 18, the Catholic church in Perham will hold an outdoor mass and summer festival, beginning at 10:30 a.m., with a blessing and open house for the new addition starting immediately after.

Deacon Randy Altstadt said the event will include live and silent auctions, bingo, bouncy houses and games for the kids, plus brats, hot dogs, soda, and pie and ice cream for everyone.

“It should be a really good time,” he said.

The expansion project, which began almost exactly one year ago, added 4,000-square-feet onto the existing church building, changing the look of the front entrance dramatically and making the church more accessible and accommodating.

The new space houses church offices, bathrooms, a large narthex, a conference room and a storage room.

It is part of a multi-part improvement project at the church that could include more updates in the future, contingent on financing.

Altstadt said this phase of the project went very well.

“People have really been behind the project,” he said. “It’s been really good.”

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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