By LORRAINE THOMPSON
SAINT AUGUSTINE – The long-awaited new Parish Hall of St. Anastasia Catholic Church on Anastasia Island will soon be completed. Anticipating the opening in 2018, the church is taking reservations for wedding receptions, corporate meetings, fine arts performances and organization events for up to 300 people beginning April 1, 2018.
“The new center will help meet the need for communal gathering space in the community,” said Father Tim Lindenfelser, pastor of the church. “It’s the first gathering area of its size south of St. Augustine in St. Johns County.”
The 22,000-square-foot Parish Hall will host a number of parish programs and functions, and includes 10 faith formation classrooms and a choir rehearsal room. Its main room, The St. Jude Celebration Hall, can be configured for table dining, or with chairs for music, theatrical and dance performances, both religious and secular.
The availability of parking is a major benefit of holding events in the new hall: St. Anastasia Catholic Church has 404 parking spaces.
The church is only two blocks from the beach, on the west side of State Road A1A South, and near a large number of hotels that can accommodate out-of-state guests. That makes it an ideal spot for a wedding reception. The Celebration Hall will have a number of amenities that are important to wedding planners, including a professional kitchen for caterers, a long pedestal in the main room that can serve as a buffet and a performance stage with state-of-the-art sound system for live music.
Other features of the St. Anastasia Catholic Church Parish Hall make it ideal for meetings, conferences and other events by corporations, community non-profits and other organizations. The hall can offer up to 12 break-out rooms for smaller sessions. The sound system will allow presenters to be heard clearly throughout the Celebration Hall. In addition, broadband and presentation equipment will accommodate the level of technology used in contemporary business events. Free high-speed, fiber optic Wi-Fi is also available throughout the building.
A new parish hall and community center have long been part of St. Anastasia Catholic Church’s plans. The parish, founded in 1988, has grown steadily over the years.
In addition to serving the needs of the parish, St. Anastasia looks forward to its continuing involvement with residents and visitors.
As Father Tim Lindenfelser explained, “The new gathering space is one of the ways in which St. Anastasia Catholic Church continues to be a part of the greater community.”
For additional information about the St. Anastasia Catholic Church community center, or to request information about reserving the community center for an event, please call Brian Schoonover, Ph.D., at (904) 471-5364, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about St. Anastasia Catholic Church can be found at www.saccfl.org. Call Brian Schoonover, Ph.D., at (904) 471-5364, or email email@example.com.