St. Mary’s to host fundraiser for education center

Krystle Wagner • Apr 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM

An upcoming film showing will help raise funds for a new local Catholic education center.

On Sunday, there will be showings of “Full of Grace” followed by question-and-answer sessions with the film’s executive producer, Eric Groth of Outside da Box productions. Tickets are $15 for general admission for the 2 and 6 p.m. shows at Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Muskegon.

There will also be a meet-and-greet with Groth at 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will go to the nearly 23,000-square-foot, $5.8 million education center project for St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School in Spring Lake. So far, about $2.95 million has been pledged and a little more than $2.5 million has been collected toward the project.

Given the film’s content and level needed for understanding, Father Dave Gross of St. Mary’s Catholic Church recommends the youngest viewers be at least middle school age.

Showings are open to the public, and Gross said they encourage youth groups to attend the 2 p.m. showing.

Gross said the event is also a way for people outside the parish to learn about their project.

“It’s a chance for us to have a gathering outside the church for our parishioners and anybody in the community,” he said. “They can help build faith and raise money for this great cause.”

The education center will house St. Mary’s School and faith formation classes for the church. The project officially broke ground in March and is slated for completion by November. Staff and students would move into the building mid-year.

Tickets for Sunday’s film can be purchased at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church office, Startickets.com, and at the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts.

To donate to the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Campaign or specific aspects of the project, call the parish office at 616-842-1702, or visit the campaign’s website at www.stmarysl.org/msow.html.

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