Expansion and Renewal
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
St. Pius X Parish was founded in late August 1958 by Bishop Clarence Issenmann, who appointed Fr. Andrew Hohman as the founding pastor. Because the announcement about the new parish was close to the time of the feast of Pope St. Pius X, Bishop Issenmann chose St. Pius X as the parish’s patron saint.
During his reign as Pope of the Church, St. Pius X chose “To Renew All Things in Christ” as the motto of his pontificate. Since the inception of this parish, its mission has been to enliven and to renew faith in Christ in the people of the parish.
From its humble beginnings of gathering for Mass on Sundays at French Run School and on weekdays in the little cinder block chapel that is now Hohman Hall to building the school, whose cafeteria served as the church for ten years beginning in 1960, our parish has steadfastly been renewing itself in Christ.
The growth that the parish and the school saw in the late 1980s brought forth the addition of the gymnasium and the Parish Activity Center. This was the last time a major expansion and capital campaign to build was done. Over the years, care for and maintenance of the campus has been diligently kept. Updates have included new windows for the school, electrical upgrade of the school, whole school air-conditioning, all classrooms remodeled with new cabinetry, sinks and tile, HVAC replaced in the gym and cafeteria, moving the kindergarten from Hohman Hall to renovated rooms in the school, gas-line repair into the school, expansion of and betterment of the parking lot, and a new boiler for the church. All of these projects have been spearheaded and overseen by the St. Pius X Site Planning Committee. The result is that $572,500.00 has been invested in the campus of the parish and $1,264,400.00 has been invested in the school in the last nine years.
These aspects of renewal, however, have led to a continuing vision for the future. Our parish community currently serves approximately 5,500 parishioners in the Reynoldsburg, Pataskala, east side Columbus, Blacklick and Pickerington areas. Our mission and our ministries to care pastorally for all our parishioners is outstripping our present facilities. Our Site Planning Committee has envisioned an exciting plan for expansion to meet the new and future needs of the parish.
Hiring architect John Eberts, who did the expansion plan for Bishop Hartley High School, the Site Planning Committee met over several years, honing the proposed expansion plan in light of the 2008 Parish Self-Study, the ministries’ expansion, and the present needs of the parish and the school. The expansion plan has several phases. The first phase is the expansion of Hohman Hall by a second story addition that will support the Latchkey and the Youth Ministry programs. This will connect to a new building that will house restrooms, a commercial kitchen, a social hall with a close to 300-person capacity and which can be subdivided into meeting rooms. Additional storage space for all the ministries will be utilized in the lower level of the old Latchkey facility and the new basement of the commercial kitchen. New offices will be added to the present rectory office wing. The second phase will expand the vestibule/narthex of the church to three times its current size and create an adoration chapel, a choir room and new restrooms. The third phase will give our school a new secure entrance with offices and new classrooms for kindergarten and first grade in the school building.
For this project to move forward, Guidance and Giving, a professional fund-raising company, has been retained. Because the expansion plans so directly reflect the renewal of the life of this parish, the motto of St. Pius X will serve as our theme, Continuing to Renew All Things in Christ.
The formation of a leadership team is now in place and the initial stage of the Capital Campaign has begun. This is a very big expansion and to achieve all the phases will take our whole parish to pray for its success and to come forward with sacrificial giving. This vision will not only answer present needs but carry the parish far into the future. The last capital campaign and expansion of the late 1980s has carried us and our needs to the present but we have grown and now must consider our future.
Beginning in September, we will be rolling out all the details of this expansion and we will be asking for your support in both prayer and in financial giving. We ask your help to Continue to Renew All Things in Christ here at St. Pius X Parish.
Sincerely in Christ,
Msgr. David Funk, Pastor
Funk, Msgr. David. "Expansion and Renewal." Connections II (Aug. 2016): 1. Print.