Eastland All Saints Youth Center
Help Four Rural Parishes Serve Their Youth
The parish communities of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Cisco; St. Francis Xavier, Eastland; St. John, Strawn; and St. Rita, Ranger are raising funds for a much needed All Saints Family Activity and Youth Center that will serve all four parishes and the broader Eastland County community. Located in Eastland on I-20 frontage road on 53 acres of land acquired for the project by the Diocese of Fort Worth, the first phase of the project will construct a 8,113 square foot building that includes covered porch and walkway, foyer, restrooms, small chapel, two classrooms, two offices, a kitchen, and a half basketball court that also serves as multi-purpose event space with raised stage. Access to the facility will be through an entrance gate, parking and circular drive surrounding a large outdoor crucifix that also are part of the first phase of construction. Phase 2 will extend the covered porch and walkway and add additional classrooms and meeting spaces. A master plan for full development of the site includes additional parking and driveways, a school, walking trails, cemetery, outdoor Stations of the Cross, outreach center, small recreation field, dining hall, grotto, arbor, a rodeo arena, outdoor basketball court, daycare center and small ponds.
Currently the parishes share one pastor and a one-room building in Eastland for religious education and youth activities. Due to the small room they meet in, all grades cannot meet at the same time.
Efforts to raise $1.937 million for phase 1 has moved substantially forward, thanks to commitments from parishioners in the four communities, as well as tremendous outside support, including a $600,000 rural expansion grant from the All Things Possible Campaign, a $200,000 grant from J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Midland-Tulsa, a $50,000 grant from Ben and Mary Doskocil Family Foundation, and generous contributions from parishes and parishioners throughout the Diocese of Fort Worth. Still, $64-thousand is needed to break ground on Phase 1.
Please bring hope to this region that suffered from the largest wildfire in Texas history in the spring of 2022. You can give online below or by check mailed to the Advancement Foundation 201 Main Street, Suite 1198, Fort Worth, TX 76102-3101. Please include “All Saints Youth Center” in memo line.
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