CHESTERMERE – Reverend John Nemanic is in his 3rd year as the Pastor for St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Parish and he has some exciting news to share with Chestermere. The local church was formed in 2005 and has an ever increasing populace in Chestermere. The parish is currently holding church in the school gym at St. Gabriel the Archangel School. St. Gabriel School is K to 12 so their needs for space are abundant and take priority. Rev. Nemanic foresees booking available space and times in the school could be becoming somewhat more difficult if the church wanted to hold a special meeting, plan a meal for an event or host a social function at the school.
Presently they have about 600 registered families that attend the church and have a potential of growing their congregation to 900 church goers. Attendees
Not too long ago the church conducted a survey of their parish and one of the major desires was the need for an actual church rather than having the congregation meet in the school gym. The church is financially stable and so with his team of very knowledgeable people within the church, they will set their sights on constructing a new church. No parcel of land for the church has been chosen yet as they are in the utmost preliminary stages of the project. Rev. John is surrounded by several professional people in the parish who have selflessly donated their expertise to the upcoming project. “I have never been involved in such a project like this from the ground up so I’m not sure how long away the finished product will be; perhaps 4 to 6 years” said Rev. Nemanics. First thought is to build a structure to accommodate 500 to 700 people. Another important consideration will be having a building that can easily be enlarged for a growing congregation. “We are starting from the ground up so there are many things to think about” he said “from fundraising, to building design and location; it’s going to be exciting for all involved”. If you build it, they will come.