St. John Neumann dedicates new Faith & Family Center
On the weekend of June 5–6, St. John Neumann Catholic Church dedicated a new Faith & Family Center. Reverend Pastor
Seven to eight hundred people were witness to the dedication blessing of the new 21,000 square-foot, two-story Faith & Family Center. Father David Sizemore began the ceremony thanking the many parish volunteers who have worked over the past several years to get to this point beginning with the Long Range Planning Committee lead by Phil Roblee and John Powers. This committee surveyed our parishioners and committees to determine our needs now and into the future.
A subcommittee of the Planning Committee, the Building Committee continued the project. Sherry Whitacre, a volunteer project manager; and Bob Scott, Parish Business Manager; along with Father Sizemore met weekly with representatives of the Architect for the Project, M&A and the builder, Elford, Inc. over the past year. Appreciation was also shown for the Campaign Chairs: Don and Jeanne Postiy; Neal and Michele Niklaus; and Jackie Sutton, parish Development Director. Representatives of parish groups served refreshments.
Father Sizemore, noted, “It is so appropriate that we are dedicating our New Faith & Family Center on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. For indeed, our spiritual journey, young and old, as individuals, as married couples, as families and as a religious community of Roman Catholic Christians is about our search for God; our never-ending quest to know him in ever deeper ways, to come to love him intimately in the places of our hearts, and to share him abundantly with each other … all so we can take what we encounter here – the very persons of the one Triune God, into our families, neighborhoods, schools and places of work, into our culture and society, and make disciples of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is why we have responded to God’s call to build the new Faith & Family Center. May God bless all who have sacrificed to build this place where God can be sought, encountered in both mind and heart, and shared with the world beyond our parish boundaries. And may God bless all who will enter through the doors of the Faith & Family Center for generations to come; may they come to know God, love him and serve him in this life and forever and happily in the life to come.”
St. John Neumann Parish is a part of the Columbus Diocese and has over 1,100 families and just fewer than 3,000 individual Catholics. To assist parishioners in growing their faith, the Parish has added and expanded programs for religious education, faith formation, spiritual growth and social activities. The new facilities will complement these numerous programs for youth and adults.
The Faith & Family Center is a multipurpose space that can accommodate up to 325 people seated at tables on the upper level, with 10 classrooms for religious education and group meetings on the lower level, a new kitchen, a two-stop elevator, choir practice room and nursery.
Renovation of the existing parish hall includes subdividing 2,725 square feet of the first floor to create parish offices and upgrades to 2,341 square feet of the basement level to create five meeting rooms and a counselor office, to be complete by the end of summer. The project was designed by M + A Architects and is being constructed by Elford, Inc., both companies are based out of Columbus.
The project is being funded by a Capital Campaign titled “Faith, Family and Tradition – Building Today for Tomorrow”. Any gifts or pledges collected over the approximately $4.5 million dollar building and renovation cost, will go toward expanding the current church building, built in 2004, which is the next step in the 10-year Master Plan.
St. John Neumann Parish, founded in 1977, is a Catholic Christian community celebrating 35 years of service to God and neighbor. New parishioners are always welcome. Father Sizemore has been the parish pastor since 2005.