Published June 23, 2011
St. Peter Church will celebrate its 75-year history with an anniversary Mass at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Celebrated by current pastor Father Theodore Book and concelebrated by seven priests who have previously served as pastors, parochial vicars or seminarians, the Mass and reception afterward will honor nine living charter members of the LaGrange parish. Church leaders from neighboring Lutheran and Presbyterian communities as well as Catholic churches in the Savannah Diocese will also be in attendance. St. Peter’s choir will sing an original “Sanctus” composed for the jubilee Mass by local composer Robert Kirby. The public is invited.
St. Peter Church is one of the oldest worshiping communities in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and was established as a parish in 1936. From 1910 until about 1916, Masses were offered in various neighboring homes every four to six weeks. During the long periods between the visits of priests, Catholics had to travel to Atlanta, Columbus, Griffin or other neighboring cities to receive the sacraments.
It has grown from a dozen families meeting in individual homes for Mass to almost 470 families and nearly 1,200 individual members now celebrating daily and weekend Masses. St. Peter’s, which started as a mission church, now has its own mission church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, in Warm Springs, which offers Mass on Sundays and Tuesday evenings. Today St. Peter’s also celebrates a Spanish Mass and has many active outreach ministries, as well as a preschool. There will also be an anniversary celebration involving the LaGrange community in October.
St. Peter Church is located at 200 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange. For more information, please call (706) 884-4224.