St. John the Baptist Church in Harrison is planning to relocate to the city's north side. A feasability study and fundraising must be done before ground can be broken at the site on Carolina Trace Road.
(Harrison, Oh.) - A local Catholic church is making plans to move from its home of more than 160 years.
St. John the Baptist Church in Harrison will move its longtime downtown location at Park Avenue and Hill Street to a new church planned on the north side of the city. The site owned by the church is at the intersection of New Haven and Carolina Trace roads.
The decision was made after the parishioners’ vote – two-to-one in favor of moving – was confirmed by church committees, Pastor Jeff Kemper said in this week’s church bulletin. The Parish Pastoral Council voted 11-1 in favor of the move, the Finance Committee 4-1 in favor, and the St. John New Home Committee unanimously.
The new church will be bigger, so fewer weekend masses will be required to include the whole congregation. Currently, St. John the Baptist has two masses on Saturdays and five on Sundays.
Kemper said the move will be a major undertaking.
“There is much work to be accomplished before we can put the backhoe to the ground. Currently, we are laying the groundwork for the financial feasibility study, and then in late fall, early winter, we will begin the feasibility study,” said Kemper.
A campaign to raise funds for the new church will begin following the study. Once the money is in place, the church can be built. No completion date has been set.
“I look at our present church and see a building which came about because of the foresight of the people and their pastor and the generosity of time, talent, and treasure,” Kemper said. “May the Lord endow us with these same gifts so that we may give Him an earthly dwelling that proclaims His glory and goodness.”