Truckee’s Assumption Catholic Church breaks ground in Grayand#8217;s Crossing |

Truckee’s Assumption Catholic Church breaks ground in Grayand#8217;s Crossing

Cheryl Hogan Photography/Community submitted photo

TRUCKEE, Caif. and#8212; The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church celebrated its ground breaking ceremony of the first phase of a two-phase project beginning with a new parish center and rectory Saturday, May 15.

Rev. Matthew Blank and about 200 parishioners attended the event, along with the most Rev. William Keith Weigand, Bishop Emeritus of the Sacramento Diocese.

The parish center will serve as an interim church with seating for 300 parishioners, meeting rooms and offices to replace the 110 year old and undersized Assumption Catholic Church in Downtown Truckee. A separate rectory will be built on the western edge of the 8-acre parcel, located within the boundaries of Grayand#8217;s Crossing near the northwest corner of Highway 89 North and Alder Drive.

Assumption Church parochial administrator Rev. Blank, said, and#8220;Even though there is a lot of nostalgia around the original church, there is a practical need for a new building because the parish is growing. The new parish center will also facilitate weddings, funerals and other religious events. Truckee is growing and the church is very crowded. It will make seating more comfortable and the office will be connected to the church in a beautiful location with attractive views.and#8221;

As a new administrator, the parish expansion is in Rev. Blankand#8217;s hands to complete.

and#8220;The project was started by Rev. Stanley Poltorak about 15 years ago when he was assigned to Assumption Church. The bishop gave him the task of building a new church and for the past decade the parishioners have worked hard to make that happen.and#8221;

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Phase two will include the church building which will accommodate up to 500 parishioners. At that time, the Parish Center will be utilized as a gathering space for church receptions, education classes and other social events.

Completion of the first phase is expected by spring of 2011. For information, visit