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Bishop Hartmayer blesses Corpus Christi worship space

Originally Appeared in : 9901-1/3/19
Long term planning by members of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Port Wentworth and then pastor Fr. Michael Kavanaugh who began the discussions of establishing a parish in Pooler came to fruition on Dec. 23 when Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer OFM Conv., and Bishop Emeritus J. Keven Boland blessed the Corpus Christi altar and the new parish center.  (see pages 14-15)
 
More than 300 people filled the worship space in the multi-purpose building for the blessing of the long awaited home for the Catholic Communty in Pooler.
 
In 2015, Fr. Gabe Cummings of St. Frances Cabrini and Barbara Goodwin began searching for a temporary location where a weekly Mass could be celebrated in Pooler. The Reverend David Wesley Lemburg, pastor of Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Pooler, opened its doors to the Catholic community and became the place where the faithful would gather.
 
Father Thomas J. Murphy, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Port Wentworth, was appointed by Bishop Hartmayer to establish the new community. The first Catholic Mass was offered on May 2, 2015 with a standing-room only crowd. The group was named the Pooler Catholic Community.
 
After initiating a capital campaign under the leadership of co-chairs Barbara Goodwin and Dozier Cook, the members of the Pooler Catholic Community raised the funds needed to clear ground donated by the Diocese of Savannah, at 1745 Benton Blvd. As plans for a new church were underway, the groundbreaking took place in October 2017.
 
On the feast of Corpus Christi, June 15, 2016, the Bishop announced that the new church would be named Corpus Christi Catholic Church ­— the Body of Christ.
 
The 17,000 square foot multipurpose building will be used for worship, pastoral offices and religious education. Future plans call for a sanctuary to be built at the location.
 
See photos from the event on our Smugmug gallery: Blessing of Corpus Christi Church, Pooler
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