The weekend of December 19-20, St. Faustina Catholic Parish moved to its newest temporary “home” since being established in 2006. Now located at 1714 U.S. Highway 27, (Glenbrook Commons) Clermont FL, 34714----to the far right of the complex, the parish now has seating for 450 people with a foyer, modern restroom facilities, sufficient office space for Father Dave Gillis and his staff, as well as classrooms, a front reception area, and a conference room. On top of ALL those wonderful above mentioned resources, there is CONVIENIENT parking for EVERY ONE, including 20 designated handicapped areas right in front of the church.
It is EASILY the BEST physical space the parish has been in since it started out with 64 people in a motel conference room on September 30, 2006. We will enjoy this facility for at least the next three years while we add to over $1 million building fund, which will then enable us to build a brand new church on our property about three miles up the road (on Route 27).
St. Faustina Catholic Parish WELCOMES everyone to join us for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and especially offers a Central Florida Welcome to all those who are visiting our area for, as Father Dave says, “are visiting family, or Mickey, or just hear to enjoy the incredible weather. Your dedication to find a place to worship Our Lord, while you are on vacation, is a true inspiration to all of us who call this parish our home.”
Enjoy these photos, which were taken the opening weekend when Bishop John Noonan, head of the Diocese of Orlando, attended the masses in order to bless the new site as well as all the parishioners who attended mass that weekend. (Please scroll down for a complete look at our history).
The Blessing of our new home came on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, just in time to celebrate the birth of Our Lord.
Father Stephen Phillips
Father Jean Desir
Father Dave Gillis (and Max)
The backbone of St. Faustina’s Catholic Church is our parishioners…our volunteers.Through their efforts we offer a solid religious education program, several important ministries, and exciting and unique social events.But just as important as the above mentioned activities, our parishioners have shown themselves to be a very generous group.Besides giving to the Building Fund, St. Faustina’s parishioners support the Bishop’s annual “Our Catholic Appeal”, as well as the numerous giving opportunities that occur throughout the year.
In the almost nine years of our humble existence, our registered parishioners exceeds 500 families and we have raised nearly $1 million dollars of the $2.1 million Building Fund goal needed to put a building on the land we own on Route 27, about eight miles north of our current location.
St. Faustina Roman Catholic Church was established in the summer of 2006 by former Diocesan of Orlando Bishop, Thomas Wenski, in the Four Corners area.Father Stephen Phillips was assigned as our founding pastor.
St. Faustina's first "home" was the Westgate Inn on Route 192.
The parish outgrew Westgate in less than three months and moved to a former BBQ resturant, named "Homers", on Route 27, about five miles from the original location.
The Westgate Inn on Route 192 was St. Faustina’s first “home” as we used a banquet room for mass and a motel room as the parish office.A total of 65 people attended that first mass, which was celebrated by Father Steve on September 30, 2006 at 4 pm.However, in just 12 weeks our numbers grew and we moved to a former barbeque restaurant, known as Homer’s, on Route 27 (about five miles north of the Westgate Inn).
A number of parishioners used their time, talent and dollars to turn "St. Homers" into St. Faustina.
A number of our senior citizen parishioners displayed the true meaning of Stewardship as they used their time, talents, and money to convert what was affectionately known as “St. Homer’s” into a proper place of worship as St. Faustina’s second “home”. Once again Father Steve celebrated the opening mass, this time at midnight, December 24, 2006. While it wasn’t much to look at, we, at least, no longer had to put away the altar and chairs after mass and then reset them up for the next weeks mass.Even with its many faults, this former restaurant served us well for over four years until we moved to our current location, a strip mall back on Route 192.
Once again, parishioners of all ages shared their time, talents, and money to turn three office suites into a suitable church. Father Jean Desir christened our new, and current location, at the December 24, 2010, Christmas Eve mass.
In the construction photo on the left, you can see the door where our "Grotto of Mercy" now resides, the altar, and the door to the confessional (on the right).
Father Dave celebrates mass at our current "home" on Route 192. Our next stop, hopefully, will be in our new church building about seven miles up the road on Route 27.
Besides being able to put up our padded chairs, altar and pulpit, there is a conference room and office space for our pastor, our bookkeeper, our religious education leader, and our secretary.The foyer enables us to hold religious education classes as well as meetings, and our Grotto of Mercy room gives us an opportunity to honor St. Faustina, St. John Paul II, and Blessed Father Spocko, as well as a quiet place to thank God for the parish we have and pray for the building we desire. (Special thanks to parish historian and photographer Bill Murphy, without whom this page would not have been possible).
Signs of the Times
Our current location....and so far our BEST (by far) at 1714, U.S. Highway 3920. God's plan for us continues...and it is exciting!!
This is the sign that was used outside the Westgate Inn and the resuturant to let people know that St. Faustina Catholic Church was open and ready to worship our Lord.
Father Dave welcomes our visitors every week and thanks them for joining us, inviting them back the next time they are in the area to "visit Mickey and/or family."
Looking for a place to worship Our Lord?....set your GPS for St. Faustina Catholic Parish, 9310 US Highwat 192, Clermont, FL 34714 or call 863-438-6900.
This sign announces to the world that when God is ready, we will build on the 40 acres we own on Route 27...about seven miles up the road. Parishioners, visitors and friends have been generous with their gifts and we should surpass the halfway mark of the $2.1 million we need to start construction. Until then, we will enjoy the Parish Community that God has given us as we continue the prayerful journey that WILL give us the building we desire.