Corpus Christi, Stone Mountain
In October 1970, a large group of Catholics celebrated a family picnic mass at Stone Mountain Park demonstrating the need for a community parish for the growing population. Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan designated a new parish for the Stone Mountain area in DeKalb County in May 1971. The new pastor, Father Joseph Beltran, organized the Corpus Christi parish over the summer with 202 registered families and Archbishop Donnellan celebrated the first mass on July 11, 1971. To accommodate the rapidly expanding population, the Building and Finance committees developed plans to construct a church and parish center for a site at the corner of Sheppard Road and Mountain View Drive. The architectural firm Jova, Daniels, Busby, Incorporated was selected and the groundbreaking ceremony took place on March 19, 1973. On October 20, 1974, the new church was dedicated.
Corpus Christi continued to grow and by November 1975, Bother, Jenkins, Slay and Associates had been hired to erect a new activities building to accommodate the Religious Education program, as well as meeting areas. In 1977, Father Thomas A. Kenny was appointed the second pastor and instituted the annual "Parish Alive" program to recruit parishioners. A classroom addition was built on the existing parish center in 1983 and the new rectory designed by Barker & Cunningham, P. C. was completed in 1985. On June 14, 1990, Father Leo P. Herbert was named third pastor. In 1992, the Claretian Fathers were appointed to administrate the parish and Father Greg D. Kenny, C.M.F. became Corpus Christi's fourth pastor. Father John Molyneaz, C.M.F. is the current pastor.
Today there are approximately 1,575 families who are parishioners of Corpus Christi. They are a lively community of various ethnic and geographical backgrounds. Over 60 countries and many islands are represented, and every effort is made to assist the large number of refugees struggling to establish themselves in their new country.
September 28, 2010