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St. Nicholas Church growing with community

Construction is ongoing at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Tea and will add nearly 10,000 square feet to the existing building. The space will be used mostly for religious education classes.

Construction began this spring on the first two phases of addition work at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Tea. The church, which used to hold services in a white building at Maple and Mary, where the Community Hall and Historical Society Museum are now located, moved to its current location at Main and Brian about 14 years ago, said Father Kevin O’Dell, who has led the congregation for the past six years.

The congregation has grown to include 400 families and the parish serves about 500 children, half of them old enough to participate in religious education classes, which are held at the church every Wednesday night. To provide an additional dozen or so classrooms, the church is branching out with an addition to the building's west side. The classrooms are expected to be complete and usable by this fall.

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