Catholic church gets first building

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Barbara Collins
Special to Carolina Gateway
Excitement is building as the parishioners of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Mission prepare to move into their new parish house.
The donated house, which was moved onto property on Waxhaw Highway (S.C. 75) in September, has undergone extensive renovation in recent months.
The sidewalks are now being completed and asphalt for the parking areas will laid shortly.
Parishioners are looking forward to having a place to meet that belongs to them.  The interior of the building, which was moved from Marvin Road, has been completely renovated and brought up to code. 
The building will accommodate about 40 to 50 people, which is sufficient for a small Mass. Plans are to hold a weekly Mass on Thursday morning with a coffee social to follow.
The church plans to begin using it in January. It will hold its first Mass in its new parish house at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6.
A big dedication service and open house is tentatively scheduled for February. 
The church’s Building Committee is now selling Founders Pavers, which will be laid in a patio area adjacent to the parish house. The pavers can be etched with names in honor or memory of loved ones.
The slip-resistant pavers will provide a reflective and meditative area for parishioners to dwell on living or de-ceased family and friends. This reflective patio area will add a very distinctive look to the parish house. 
The pavers come in three sizes – 4x8 inches for $200, 8x8 for $400 and 12x12 for  $600. Each paver comes with a paperweight-size replica of your order.
Samples are available at weekly Mass, which is held at 4 p.m. each Saturday at the Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521).
For details about the pavers, call Tom Churilla at (803) 547-9836.
For details about Our Lady of Grace Catholic Mission, part of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Fort Mill, call (803) 548-7282.