Dear Lourdes Family,
This is the time of year when we, individually and communally, take time to reflect and connect with Christ through prayer, fasting, and acts of reconciliation. An important part of the communal reflection is the progress we are making on the Centennial Property and our progress on our present site re-design plan.
As mentioned previously, the Centennial Property (bordered by Boulevard, Gartrell and Daniel Streets) is currently under contract with the development group, Revel, LLC. This group comes highly recommended and continues to move forward in good faith. It is this eventual development which will include the precious parking we will need in order to move forward with a larger church. At present, they are in their inspection and zoning period. They have begun the environmental inspections and the zoning process with the City of Atlanta. This period is due to be over sometime in June.
With the hope and prayers that the parking will work out, we have also begun work on a Master Plan for our present property which would include a new worship space and a renovation of our present buildings. After committee interviews with a number of architectural firms, we decided on the Sizemore Architectural Group. They have looked carefully at the present usage of our space, interviewed a number of groups and individuals as to needs for space and have consolidated all the information gathered into the very beginnings of a plan. They have presented several proposals and the committee is in the process of deciding on a general direction. Hopefully we will have something concrete to show the community in May.
As we continue our journey through Lent, I ask that we, as a community, enter into a time of prayer for discernment as to the direction God would have us take. We each must also prayerfully ask what we can do financially to move our parish family in the direction God would have us go.
Saint Martin de Porres, pray for us.
Saint Katharine Drexel, pray for us.
Yours in Christ, our Healer,