Article updated: 7/30/2011 6:37 PM

New Catholic school dedicated in St. Charles

Bishop Thomas G. Doran of the Rockford Diocese blesses the new St. Patrick Catholic School on Crane Road in St. Charles Saturday. St. Patrick’s pastor, Monsignor Joe Linster, stands on the right.

Bishop Thomas G. Doran of the Rockford Diocese blesses the new St. Patrick Catholic School on Crane Road in St. Charles Saturday. St. Patrick's pastor, Monsignor Joe Linster, stands on the right.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 The stands in the gymnasium are packed for the blessing and dedication of the new St. Patrick Catholic School on Crane Rd in St. Charles on Saturday.

The stands in the gymnasium are packed for the blessing and dedication of the new St. Patrick Catholic School on Crane Rd in St. Charles on Saturday.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 Parents and students attend the open house and blessing of the new St. Patrick Catholic School on Crane Road in St. Charles on Saturday.

Parents and students attend the open house and blessing of the new St. Patrick Catholic School on Crane Road in St. Charles on Saturday.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 Assistant Principal Sister Liz Ryan gets a hug from parent Kim Calabria of South Elgin at the open house for the new St. Patrick Catholic School on Crane Road in St. Charles on Saturday. Calabria has three boys attending the school. A blessing and dedication followed later in the morning by Bishop Thomas G. Doran of the Rockford Diocese.

Assistant Principal Sister Liz Ryan gets a hug from parent Kim Calabria of South Elgin at the open house for the new St. Patrick Catholic School on Crane Road in St. Charles on Saturday. Calabria has three boys attending the school. A blessing and dedication followed later in the morning by Bishop Thomas G. Doran of the Rockford Diocese.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 An open house, blessing and dedication of the new St. Patrick Catholic School on Crane Road in St. Charles took place on Saturday.

An open house, blessing and dedication of the new St. Patrick Catholic School on Crane Road in St. Charles took place on Saturday.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

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By Daily Herald report

Bishop Thomas G. Doran of the Rockford Diocese dedicated the new St. Patrick Catholic School in St. Charles Saturday morning.

The school, on Crane Road between Bolcum Road and Silver Glen Road, will be ready to welcome students for the 2011-2012 school year. Saturday's event included an open house, a blessing and dedication ceremony.

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About 540 students will attend the school in the fall, and the building has room for enrollment to grow to 800.

The existing campus in downtown St. Charles will house preschool classes for 3- and 4-year-olds and a new extended day program before and after school hours for students enrolled in the grade school.

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