Parishioners at Hamilton, Ont.’s newest Catholic church, St. Catherine of Siena, have flocked to the new 30,000-square-foot structure on Rymal Road in overflow numbers since its official dedication Oct. 22.
“It’s packed at the masses on Sunday,” said Father Mark Gatto, first pastor of St. Catherine of Siena.
The church replaces two others, Our Lady of Lourdes and Corpus Christi, that were merged by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. Proceeds from the sale of those properties supported the new build on the eight-acre Rymal Road site. The budget was in the $20 million-plus range.
Project manager Nolan Hunter of Hamilton’s Ira McDonald Construction Ltd., the project contractor, said on a recent tour that building a new church, where thousands will worship and gaze at their surroundings seeking inspiration, is a unique endeavour.