St. Ber­nadette’s seeks to build mul­ti­pur­pose fa­cil­ity on Ever­green Lane

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By KEVIN MYRICK Editor

A plan has been pro­posed to the City of Cedar­town via a com­mit­tee at St. Ber­nadette's Catholic Church to al­low them to move for­ward with a new build­ing project within the city lim­its.

To this end, they'll be kick­ing off their fund- rais­ing campaign with a spe­cial ser­vice on Satur­day, Oct. 29 where they pro­pose to build on 13.92 acres of prop­erty on Ever­green Lane.

Fa­ther Tim­o­thy Gal­lagher said ev­ery­one is wel­come for the ser­vice be­ing held, weather per­mit­ting, start­ing at 7 p.m. Re­fresh­ments will also be avail­able, he said.

"We're hop­ing that this will be both a sa­cred and joy­ful event," Gal­lagher said.

The idea for the new fa­cil­ity, Gal­lagher said, is to pro­vide not only a larger wor­ship space for St. Bernedette's paris­hon­ers, but also pro­vide class­room space for re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion, so­cial gath­er­ings and faith for­ma­tion.

He said the com­mit­tee be­hind the ex­pan­sion plans don't want a tra­di­tional sanc­tu­ary.

"We're still try­ing to fig­ure out what to call it, but it's more than just a place of wor­ship," he said.

The site, lo­cated next to Sec­ond Baptist Church on Ever­green Lane, also sits across f rom Chero­kee El­e­men­tary School.

Gal­lagher said the church is also work­ing to setup an on­line do­na­tion page for any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing out with their buid­ing campaign.

Visit stber­nadet­tecc.org for more in­for­ma­tion forth­com­ing on the prayer ser­vice and how to do­nate to their build­ing campaign.

What the church asked the city to do was to an­nex the prop­erty within the city lim­its and re­zone it to O-1, or un­der an of­fice-in­sti­tu­tional des­ig­na­tion.

The city held a pub­lic hear­ing on the pro­posed an­nex­a­tion and re­zon­ing ap­pli­ca­tion, and then heard a first read­ing on the pro­posal which will come be­fore com­mis­sion­ers again dur­ing the Nov. 14 ses­sion.

St. Ber­nadett’s Catholic Church wants to build a mul­ti­pur­pose fa­cil­ity on Ever­green Lane in Cedar­town to al­low for a larger space for the con­gre­ga­tion to use.

St. Ber­nadette’s Catholic Church on Col­lege Street.

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