MUSKEGO — Archbishop Jerome Listecki came to Muskego as St. Leonard Catholic Church and School broke ground for a $2.4 million addition that will expand its ministries and transform its facade to a more welcoming entrance.

Listecki helped celebrate the Mass that preceeded the blessing of the site and the groundbreaking.

St. Leonard's, W173 S7743 Westwood Drive, will build a 3,739-square-foot gathering space.

"By gathering more easily, we can directly experience again and again that we are many parts of one body with one mission – growing in the image of Jesus Christ," the Rev. Dan Janasik, pastor of the 60-year-old parish, said in a news release announcing the groundbreaking. "At the same time, we will be better able to minister to families celebrating sacraments such as weddings and mourning loved ones with funerals."

Besides a large gathering area, the addition will include a small kitchen, a childcare area, a liturgical ministry office, food pantry storage, and a meeting room to serve the parish of about 1,700 families.

The front facade, now dominated by a metal roof that slopes from west to east, will feature two peaked roof lines more typical of church architecture.

"We'll finally have a welcoming entrance that matches the welcoming nature of our parishioners," Janasik said. "But this is all about growing and expanding our ability to spread the Gospel and reach out to our community."

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