St. Paul Chapel almost complete; Holy Family Church to be dedicated this month
By Cassandra Favre
Jan 3, 2014, 17:40
The Holy Family Parish will dedicate its new Holy Family Catholic Church on Jan. 25.
Pass Christian's Holy Family Parish is set to dedicate its newest worship center on Jan. 25 at 10 a.m.
The Holy Family Catholic Church is located on Menge Avenue/Evangeline Road.
"Holy Family Parish was created after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the St. Thomas and St. Paul schools and churches," Holy Family Parish Deacon Bill Vrazel said on Wednesday. "The parishes of St. Paul and Our Lady of Lourdes merged."
According to Father Mike Austin, the new church will hold about 400 people and is 13,000 square-feet.
The St. Paul Chapel is being built on Scenic Drive in Pass Christian.
The original St. Paul church was torn down in 2010 due to damage sustained from Hurricane Katrina.
Parishioners were dismayed that the church was demolished and not rebuilt.
The building torn down in 2010 was built in the 1970's.
Following the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi's decision to tear down the church, a group of parishioners took the matter to court and argued the church's historical significance.
Pass Christian's Board of Aldermen approved the demolition permit, stating that the church had not been designated as a historic landmark.
"Construction on the beach chapel is still on schedule,"Father Mike Austin said.
"The chapel should be completed end of March, first of April.
"Everybody is really excited."
Mass will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and special services, Austin said.
"The chapel on the beach is a nice present for the church," Vrazel said. "It will be nice and quiet and will reflect some of the old design of the previous chapel."
According to Vrazel, the church will feature an original stained glass window and refurbished altar from the pre-Hurricane Katrina church.
For more information visit the website at www.holyfamilyparish.cc