EDINBURG For decades, Edinburg residents have been gathering for Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They've been attending classes to learn the word of God and, at one point, the parish had a school and later the classroom buildings were used by the Edinburg school district for the Central Elementary campus.

Now, the church and school is getting a facelift that includes a new church sanctuary, a cobbled street plaza and a new, larger parish hall.

The original parish hall has been demolished to make way for the new 850-person capacity church building. The original church building will be come the new parish hall.

As part of the construction fundraising campaign, pavers are being sold for $100 and one for $75. There can 45 characters engraved on the pavers and after 45 an extra fee of 75 cents will be charged.

Carrie de Jesus hopes that the church can sell 15,000 pavers to lay on the church courtyard plaza with the names or messages that people have purchased.

"We're going to be closing one of the streets and it will become private," she said of Kuhn Street in between the old church and the school building. "It's going to become plaza style." The plaza will stretch between 15th and 16th Streets along Kuhn Street, which has already been closed to vehicular traffice. It will feature landscaping, water features and a prayer garden.

The church is hoping for the first mass in their new home to be in October.

For more information about how to purchase a paver call 956-383-3253.