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An Eastern Iowa Parish settles into their permanent church

HAIWATHA (KWWL) -- A Cedar Rapids parish that has been nomadic for 21 years finally has a permanent place of worship.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic parish saw the inside of their new church for the first time at Saturday afternoon's dedication ceremony.

The new building was blessed by the Archbishop of Dubuque.

Over the past decade, the parish outgrew building after building.  Members were shuffled to a warehouse to a school gym to what is now the parish hall and, finally, to the new building.

"The Hiawatha area and the surrounding area has been growing rapidly over the last decade or so. So we are growing steadily .  We've been adding somewhere around 100 families a year," church steering committee member Martin Cutting said.

The church started the project five years ago.

Seven million dollars later, the building is connected to the parish hall and seats more than 1200 people.

The architecture was inspired from Catholic literature and has a Lead in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

"Our building is focused on good stewardship of the Earth… The facility emphasizes natural lighting, geo-thermal heating and cooling systems, air quality management, and use of natural local materials," says one of Saint Elizabeth's brochures.

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