The Centre opened in early May 2012. The word Pastoral in the title is important as the Centre’s primary role to facilitate parish activities, be they of a direct religious nature or a social nature.
The design of the Centre complements the church externally. The architect was Louis Burke and the builders were Merrion Contracting. It is approached by an iron gateway to the left of the church which opens into a landscaped area linking the two buildings.
Internally is has a spacious entrance lobby giving immediate access to the Parish Office, the Meeting Rooms and the Main Hall. A full sized commercial standard kitchen has been also been included. The Centre is wheelchair accessible throughout. The entire building is insulated to the highest standards. Under floor heating will ensure that it will be very comfortable during the winter months.
Parishioners’ reactions have been very favourable. Many people have commented on the beautiful finish noting the great use of glass, timber and high class flooring. Everyone seems to be delighted with amount of natural light coming from the windows high in the pitched roof. Another feature commented on is the view of the landscaped area from the Main Hall looking across to the church and also the small enclosed garden on the other side of the Hall.