In 1978, Fr. John Hillman replaced Fr. Barden as our Pastor. Fr. Hillman added the Rectory to the new church site. In 1980, Fr. Hillman died, and Fr. Thomas Hever was named Pastor. It was while Fr. Hever was Pastor that the Mission Church was finally sold on November 30, 1983 to the Litchfield School District #79 for $120,000.
The Men’s Club auctioned the pews, statues and even the church bell to raise money to build the new church. Masses were being held in the Activity Center at the new church site. The first Mass was marked by a historic procession carrying the Blessed Sacrament from the old Mission church to the new church.