Addition planned for Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Catholic Church is about to break ground on a $3.6 million addition to its campus in West Lawrence.Church members will gather at 6:30 Thursday evening at the church, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway, for a ceremony kicking off construction.The new facility, which will be a free-standing building, will include a gymnasium, restrooms office and kitchen. The new building will serve both the Corpus Christi School and the church, says Yvonne Smith, the parish’s development director.Once the gym is completed late next summer, students at the school will use it for physical education and for lunch time. The current cafeteria is too small for the 170 students currently enrolled in grades K-6.The gym also will allow church teams to have their own space for games. Currently, those teams are driving to Bishop Seabury Academy, 4120 Clinton Parkway, or venues in Kansas City for home games.Also, Smith says, “The kitchen will be large enough to be used as a parish-wide facility.”Church members raised $4.3 million in a recent capital campaign for the addition. About $750,000 of the money helped pay down debt on the existing facility.The additional space also would help with a preschool that is tentatively planned to open in the fall, Smith says.No more additions to the church or school are planned for the near future, Smith says. However, long-term plans call for additional administration and classroom space for the school._ – Faith Files, which examines issues of faith, spirituality, morals and ethics, is updated by features/faith reporter Terry Rombeck. Have an idea for the blog? Contact Terry at, or 832-7145._