A longtime Christian Reformed Church in Solon Township will soon become a Catholic parish.
Most Reverend Walter A. Hurley announced recently that the Diocese of Grand Rapids purchased property at 3110 17 Mile Road, from Pioneer Christian Reformed Church. The new parish will be called Blessed John Paul II Parish.
The property consists of a church, church hall and rectory on about 2.9 acres. The diocese also purchased approximately eight acres of adjacent vacant land that is part of a nearby industrial park located at 13911 Northern Springs Drive. Once the new parish community has grown, there is sufficient land for the construction of a new and larger church.
“This is part of the ‘Our Faith, Our Future’ pastoral planning process that we began in 2009,” said Bishop Hurley. “We are using the resources available to us to react to the changing demographics of our faith community and provide services in areas where the population is growing.”
The diocese officially purchased the 17 Mile Road property on January 24, 2013, but waited to take possession of it until last month, so the former congregation could celebrate Easter.
St. Margaret of Scotland chapel in Harvard will continue to serve as a worship site until renovations of Blessed John Paul II Church are completed, at which time St. Margaret will become a chapel of the new parish used for special events.
In the coming months, the public will be invited to take part in the planning and organization of the new parish as a pastor is chosen, prior to the parish’s opening in early July. More details will be released in the weeks ahead.