Local News Archive
Print Issue: December 7, 1978
St. John Neumann Groundbreaking
A year of planning and work has resulted in a groundbreaking ceremony at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lilburn. Mayor Jack Sawyer, the Catholic mayor of Lilburn, was an official guest.
The ceremony took place during an outdoor Mass celebrated by the pastor, Father Paul H. Reynolds. The entire celebration involved much participation from the members of St. John Neumann's parish family. Music was provided by the choir and the Y.O.U.T.H. group, the Worship Committee decorated the altar and outdoor setting amongst the evergreens and trees added to the spirit of the joyous occasion. Representatives from many of St. John Neumann's various organizations were present for the groundbreaking. These included the Pastoral Board, Y.O.U.T.H. Building Committee, CCD program, Men's Club, Liturgy, Women's Club and Pro-Life.
The church site is located on thirteen-and-one-half acres on Tom Smith Road between Five Forks Trickum Road and Louis Road. The road has not been paved yet, so the Men's Club organized a shuttle service from the nearest grade school. Despite the grey skies and damp weather, the spirits of St. John Neumann's members were undaunted as several hundred people attended the ceremony.
Members of St. John Neumann are hopeful of being in their new church by next Thanksgiving. The parish family has grown to over 525 families and is currently meeting in the auditorium of Parkview High School.