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Bob Reddy – Florida Catholic


The faithful of St. John XXIII Parish have wanted more space to match the growing community and their prayers will soon be answered as work has begun.

The massive construction project includes a 21,000-square-foot Parish Life Center, an 800-square-foot Adoration Chapel, plus the addition of office space and 150 more parking spots.

the groundbreaking for the new Parish Life Center and Adoration Chapel at St. John XXIII Parish in Fort Myers took places on Oct. 22 with Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Pastor Father Bob Tabbert leading the way.

St. John XXIII Parish Pastor Bob Tabbert thanked Bishop Frank J. Dewane for his prayerful support in embarking on what he called an “incredible adventure and new journey in our Parish history.”

Bishop Dewane celebrated a Mass for a groundbreaking and blessing on Oct. 22 as many parishioners gathered to celebrate this key moment in the Parish.

The Bishop thanked Father Tabbert for his vision in helping the parish community to grow and come together in supporting the new Parish Life Center and the Adoration Chapel.

The Parish Life Center will include five classrooms, five breakout rooms, full service kitchen and will incorporate a hearing loop for the hearing impaired and a porte-cochere for drop-off and pick-up in inclement weather will be part of the structure. The office addition will have four new offices, bathrooms and storage. Meanwhile, the new Adoration Chapel will overlook the existing retention pond.

As part of the groundbreaking, Father Tabbert encouraged families to bring a small stone with their family name written on it, and to place them in a shallow hole at what will be the corner of the Adoration Chapel.

The work is expected to be completed by July 2018.

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