Since 2010, the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church congregation has been in limbo.
Last week that uncertainty ended with the announcement from Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that the Ramsey church’s status has changed from “to be determined” to a “parish in formation.”
Having received the letter March 2, Rev. Paul Jaroszeski shared the news with his congregation the following day.
“It was a wonderful experience,” he said.
There were more than 100 members in attendance for the liturgy and their response to the news was spontaneous applause, Jaroszeski said.
The church had been put in “to be determined” status when the archdiocese’s 2010 strategic plan came out, he said.
According to Jaroszeski, the archdiocese changed St. Katharine’s status because of recent and potential growth as well as the church’s financial viability.
The church, which was founded in 2004, has grown by 40 new households since July 2012 and now has more than 300 families, Jaroszeski said.
Since it was put in “to be determined” status, St. Katharine’s leadership has met with the archdiocese staff on a quarterly basis, and the last meeting Dec. 28, 2012, with Nienstedt himself, he said.
While the church’s status has been upgraded, plans to build a permanent church on the property it owns adjacent to Central Park are still on hold.
St. Katharine’s will have to grow to 500 households before the archdiocese would consider allowing the church to build, Jaroszeski said.
“We are hoping that by 2019 we can start the process,” he said.
“We are grateful for our new status (and hope that it) will send a message to the greater community that St. Katharine’s is here to stay.”
“We have a wonderfully vibrant and engaged faith community who has found a spiritual home at St. Katharine’s and they are anxious to continue to grow our parish.”
Until the church can built its new building, it will continue to use its temporary worship and office space, located at 7101 143rd Ave. N.W., Suite G, Jaroszeski said.
For more information on the church and its services, visit www.stkdcc.org or call 763-323-4424.
Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]