St. Peter Church, Olney Groundbreaking

May 20, 2005

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will join Fr. Thomas Kalita, pastor of St. Peter Catholic parish, and hundreds of parishioners at a blessing and groundbreaking for a completely redesigned and expanded church to serve the growing parish community:

Saturday, May 21, 2005
10:00 a.m.: Mass
11:00 a.m.: Groundbreaking
St. Peter Catholic Church
2900 Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD

St. Peter’s first church was a small cabin-style structure built in 1860 and seating just 35 people. That first building has been replaced three times, most recently in 1998, to accommodate the needs of a growing population. Today, St. Peter’s is home to nearly 2,800 families, has a 500-student elementary school and 875 students attending a separate religious education program.

The existing 14,400 square-foot building will be expanded to 25,000 square feet. The current structure will be reconfigured to include a daily chapel, sanctuary, music practice space and two meeting rooms. A new addition will house an 800-seat church. The church will resemble a Latin cross from above, with three “arms” of equal length and one slightly longer than the others. The interior will be in a Cistercian style, a simple design that brings the focus to the altar and the celebration of Mass.

The project will cost approximately $6 million, of which $4 million already has been raised. The architect is Peter Horton and Associates, A.I.A. Construction will begin this summer. The anticipated completion date is September 2006.

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
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