CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — After 13 years of planning, fundraising, and construction, the new Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church is complete and opening its doors for the first time this Sunday.
“The marble and the tile, wood, and everything we could do came from southern Oregon so it gives it a real character that we wanted to preserve,” said Pastor Mike Walker.
In an effort to stimulate the local economy and keep the church’s humble feeling, all of the materials and manpower used to build the church came from southern Oregon.
The total project cost tops out at $3.5 million. Grants, capital campaigns, and fundraising funded the remodel.
The church held its first mass in 1978 at Mae Richardson elementary and from there moved into an old fruit stand, which sat where the new church sits today.
Pastor Walker said he hopes the bigger church will make it easier to invite new people and host celebrations.