Construction proceeds at Pope John Paul II campus

Members of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church expect to start attending worship services at the new Pope John Paul II campus on South Pagosa Boulevard in three months.

Bishop Arthur N. Tafoya will attend dedication services on Jan. 30, according to Father Carlos Alvarez, pastor.

The new $2.3 million church facility will seat 350 persons, more than twice the size of the present church on Lewis Street in downtown Pagosa Springs.

There will be 34 paved parking spaces (including handicapped spaces), plus 90 other spaces in an overflow parking lot.

There will be no masses at the new site until Jan. 30. Masses will be held at both the west campus and the downtown site after the new campus opens. The new facility has nearly 28,000 square feet of space inside. There will be expansion capability for 600 people at a later date.

“Future plans include an educational wing with classroom for religious education. There will also be a classroom for the Life Teen/Edge program,” says Father Carlos. “And there will be a reception area and room for the church library.”

“There will be a section designated for coffee and donuts after Mass,” the pastor says.

Building superintendent Mark Andre says, “There have been a few delays but not many in the construction process.”

There will still be a Catholic office in the downtown area on Lewis Street.