Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 25, 2018

nate1aNathanial the temporary canine construction supervisor watches as participants get ready to break ground for a new parish hall at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Windsor Locks. From left are Father Robert O’Grady, pastor of St. Robert and St. Mary Parishes; Mel Hamilton, Tony Fuoco and Ed Bloom. Nathanial is Father O’Grady’s dog. (Photo submitted)

WINDSOR LOCKS – St. Robert Bellarmine Parish has broken ground for a new parish hall.

The parish hall is named for the late Father Thomas F. Farrell, who was pastor of St. Robert for 40 years.

The new hall will be added to the back of the current church building. It will be approximately 13,200 square feet and contain a large kitchen, two meeting rooms and a large hall that can accommodate nearly 300 people for meals and about 400 for talks and assemblies.

Following a prayer and the groundbreaking, Father Robert O’Grady, pastor of the linked St. Mary Parish and St. Robert Bellarmine, said, "This is the culmination of nearly two years of work, meetings and engineering and architectural decisions and presentations. This new hall will be a benefit not only to St. Robert Church, but also to St. Mary Church and our local community."

Architect Robert Mocarsky, of East Hartland and the Orlando Annulli & Sons Inc. Management Services Co. of Manchester will undertake the work.

The project is expected to be completed by April 2014. When completed, a public dedication ceremony and an open house will be held.

Photos of the work in progress will be posted at www.stmarystrobertwl.org.