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St. Joseph Catholic Church

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Shawnee, Kansas


Renovation and expansion of church to better support Church’s mission and ministries, including updated sanctuary, nave and altar; new narthex; and improvements to parish center


A new glass-fronted, light-filled narthex on the front of the church provides much needed gathering space for fellowship while acting as a beacon to the community. Featured in the new narthex are a bride’s room, which doubles as a cry room during mass, accessible restrooms, gift shop and a variety of seating areas. A new covered main entrance, signage, walkway, and landscaping add to the welcoming appeal of the church. Within the sanctuary, new flooring, lighting, pews, stained glass windows and doors enhance the existing worship space. A new ambo and an updated skylight over the altar create a focal point in the sanctuary. The choir occupies a new area in the sanctuary, with a new sound system and instruments to provide better acoustics. Upgrades to the Parish Center, housed in the former parish school building, include a new elevator, central air conditioning, replacement windows, and an enclosed entrance.