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Church members gathered for the ground breaking.  Photo by Pam DempseySaints Peter and Paul Catholic Church broke ground for their new parish and education center on Sunday, April 14. Since its beginning in the mid 1980s, the congregation of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church has grown. To accommodate its growing parish and to expand its ability to meet the needs of the Catholic community, it was decided that a new worship space needed to be built. Over the last several years, parishioners recognized the need for a Parish Life and Education Center and a Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.
The parishioners identified the needs of their church in a 2010 survey. The most urgent requests from parishioners were for providing more class rooms and meeting rooms for their expanding religious education and youth programs and ministry teams. Moreover, they wanted to create a more welcoming atmosphere for gatherings and fellowship and to eventually add a cemetery.
The cost of this new addition is an estimated $2.2 million. The general capital campaign titled Building Our Future-United in Christ began with a presentation by Father Gerald Musuubire, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul, and the capital campaign chair. After thoroughly analyzing the future needs, environmental impact and Sts. Peter and Paul’s available land, the building committee--along with the Diocese--commissioned an architectural firm to design a plan which has been approved by Fluvanna County and the Diocese of Richmond.
The design consists of a 10,000-12,000 square foot Parish Life and Education Center. The parish hall includes a kitchen, storage, a lobby and a restroom. There will be 10 to 12 religious education classrooms and team ministry meeting rooms as well as a youth center. In the last phase of building they will add the cemetery, which will feature 1,200 plots and a columbarium of 200 Niches. A columbarium is a place to store urns containing cremated remains of the deceased.
“This new building will allow us to meet the religious and educational needs of all parishioners--from our newborns to seniors--and to meet the needs of our active ministry teams, as well as create a warm environment to gather and have fellowship,” said Father Musuubire. No doubt many are looking forward to the center’s completion.