Holy Trinity, Peachtree City
The parish traces its origins to April 1, 1973, when Archbishop Donnellan sent a priest from the
Cathedral to celebrate Mass in Peachtree City Elementary School.
The 55 Catholic families in the area had prayed and petitioned the
archbishop to create a parish in Peachtree City. In June of 1973, Holy
Trinity became a weekend mission, and Father Edward
Danneker was assigned as the first pastor.
After three years of Sunday Masses at Peachtree City Elementary
School, Rev. Don Smith, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, made that
facility available. This was followed by Masses at the Information
Center in the Aberdeen Shopping Center, the cafeteria at the NCR
company, and finally sharing a warehouse on Dividend Drive with the
Lutherans. During this time the parish embraced 300 square miles.
Father Daniel McCormick was the second pastor serving from June 1974
for three years. During this time parish population had grown from the
original 55 families to 98 families.
Father James Sexstone was the third pastor, arriving in the spring
of 1974. He would remain ten years. The land at the comer of Walt
Banks Road and Highway 54 was bought in November of 1976 when parish
families numbered 180. Construction began in August of 1977 and the
present rectory, with office space and living quarters for the priest
upstairs, and the lower level for Mass and meetings, was completed in
time for Christmas Midnight Mass that same year.
On January 6, 1980 the ground breaking for the church was held and
on December 7, 1980, Archbishop Donnellan dedicated the church.
Father John Druding was our fourth pastor, his assignment to Holy
Trinity beginning in 1987. In 1988 the parish built and dedicated
Father Edward O'Connor served as pastor from 1991-94, succeeded by
Father William Calhoun whose pastorate was cut short by a devastating
automobile accident in December of that year. Father Michael
McWhorter, the assistant pastor at the time was appointed the seventh
Holy Trinity pastor in February of 1995. He was succeeded by Father