LE MARS, Iowa (KTIV) - It's been around for centuries, and served parishioners in Le Mars, Iowa, but, St. Joseph's Catholic Church has seen better days.
Outside, paint is chipping off and inside plaster is peeling. Sunday, the parish will break ground on a new church.
The old structure will be torn down, and a new 30-thousand square foot worship center will be built in its place.
The project will cost about $9-million but church officials say a new building is necessary.
"Really the structure of that soft brick has just really not allowed us to add on or fix the problems in the church," said Daryl Friedenbach, member of St. Joseph's Finance Council.
The church has raised $6-million of there $9-million goal.
They say they'll borrow the rest from the bank and raise it back over the next few years.
Church officials say they hope to have construction complete by the fall of 2012.
Online Reporter: Forrest Saunders
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