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Parish building $5.5M church

August 28, 2018
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St. John Paul II Parish Cedar Springs exterior rendering
Courtesy Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids

A parish in the area has broken ground on a new $5.5-million church.

St. John Paul II Parish in Cedar Springs, at 3110 17 Mile Rd. NE, is building the church on adjacent land at 13911 Northern Springs Dr.

The new church should open in November 2019.

The old church is about 2,350 square feet and seats 150 people. Masses are at capacity, and the parish is expecting to grow from more than 365 families to more than 600 within the next year, according to Annalise Laumeyer, communications director, Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.

The new church will contain a sanctuary and gathering space, with 9,360 square feet on the main floor and 500 square feet on the lower level. There will be seating for 350 people, with the ability to grow, Laumeyer said.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids purchased the current church’s land and building in 2013, home of the former Pioneer Christian Reformed Church. In anticipation of outgrowing that building, the organization also purchased the adjacent land with the intent of eventually building this new and larger church.

“It is an exciting moment when a bishop has the opportunity to break ground on a new church in his diocese,” Bishop David Walkowiak said. “This growth shows the vibrancy of the Catholic faith in West Michigan.”

The old church is part of a 10,570-square-foot building that houses a sanctuary, parish offices and community center, Laumeyer said. That facility will still be used for services and outreach, and the sanctuary will be designated as a holy chapel for weddings, funerals and daily mass.

Planning for the project began in 2015.

No hiring is expected with the transition.

The parish has undertaken a $2-million stewardship campaign to help cover a portion of the cost, with $1.4 million being raised so far. The remaining $3.5 million will be covered by a loan to the parish from the diocese.

Grand Rapids-based AMDG Architects is the architect on the project.

Ada-based Erhardt Construction is the project’s contractor.

St. John Paul II Parish is clustered with Mary Queen of Apostles in Sand Lake, meaning the churches share staff and programs. St. Margaret Chapel, along with its cemetery, belongs to St. John Paul II Parish and is used only for special occasions.

The last church built in the Diocese of Grand Rapids was for St. Luke University Parish in Allendale, which opened in spring 2017.

Diocese of Grand Rapids

Established in 1882, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids serves more than 191,000 Catholics, 81 parishes and 31 schools — including five high schools and Aquinas College — in an 11-county area of West Michigan.

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