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“St. Enda of Aran Formation Center” Chosen as Name for new St. Anastasia Catholic Church Parish Hall Bookmark

The long-awaited new Parish Hall of St. Anastasia Catholic Church on Anastasia Island has a new name. A fundraising election among parishioners led to the building being named the St. Enda of Aran Formation Center. 
“St. Enda of Aran Formation Center” Chosen as Name for new St. Anastasia Catholic Church Parish Hall

December 28, 2017

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, FLA. — The long-awaited new Parish Hall of St. Anastasia Catholic Church on Anastasia Island has a new name. A fundraising election among parishioners led to the building being named the St. Enda of Aran Formation Center. 

The St. Enda of Aran Formation Center is on schedule to open by April, 2018. The center will be dedicated by Felipe de Jesús Estévez, the Bishop of St. Augustine, in the near future. 

The 22,000-square-foot Formation Center will host a number of parish programs and functions, and includes 10 classrooms, three meeting rooms and a choir rehearsal room. Its main room, the St. Jude Celebration Hall, can be configured for table dining, or with chairs for musical, theatrical and dance performances, both religious and secular. 

“The St. Enda of Aran Formation Center is one of the ways in which St. Anastasia Catholic Church continues to be a part of the greater community,” said Father Tim Lindenfelser, pastor of the church. “It's the first gathering area of its size south of the city of St. Augustine in St. Johns County.” 

The church is taking reservations for wedding receptions, corporate meetings, fine arts performances and organization events for up to 300 people beginning in April, 2018 in Celebration Hall. It’s receiving a large number of inquiries, and has booked several dates. 

The availability of parking is a major benefit of holding events in the new hall: St. Anastasia Catholic Church has 404 parking spaces. Other key amenities include a professional kitchen for caterers, a long pedestal in the main room that can serve as a buffet, free high-speed, fiber optic Wi-Fi and a performance stage with a state-of-the-art sound system for live music.

The classrooms and other rooms are a key part of the St. Enda center’s mission. 

“Formation” is a word used by the Catholic Church to describe a broad program of education and dedication. As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops writes on its website, “The Church's catechetical mission aims to help the faithful of all ages to grow in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel ... understanding and communicating the faith, skills needed for personal growth, the experience of family life, relationships, public service, and concern for the common good.”

For additional information about the St. Enda of Aran Formation Center, or to request information about reserving the Celebration Hall for an event, please call Brian Schoonover, Ph.D., at (904) 471-5364, or email info@saccfl.org. More information about St. Anastasia Catholic Church can be found at www.saccfl.org. 



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