The history of Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church includes the histories of both the Most Pure Heart of Mary and Saint Anthony of Padua Parishes. Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church is a merged faith community of both parishes. Father Ignatius Lissner, of the Society of African Missions, was the founder of both parishes. Each parish existed more than ninety years before the merger on July 1, 2000. During those years, each parish had a rich and vibrant history.
Bishop J. Kevin Boland, Bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, approved the recommendation of the Savannah Deanery Steering Committee to merge Most Pure Heart of Mary and Saint Anthony of Padua Parishes in the spring of 1999. Both faith communities accepted the recommendation in faith, in spite of the changes that would come to both communities.
From July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000, a Merger Committee, comprised of members from both parishes, along with parishioners input developed a Pastoral Plan for the new faith community.
The first Mass at Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church was celebrated on Sunday, July 7, 2000. On Sunday, September 17, 2000, Bishop Boland made his first pastoral visit to the new parish for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for fifteen youth of the parish.
The wedding of Percy and Crystal Small -Mitchell on May 19, 2001 was the first wedding in the parish. Also, the First Communion Class of May 27, 2001 was the first of the parish.
Elise Bacon, Ulysses Bacon, Arthur Barnwell, III, Charles Bell, Cheryl Eady, Greg Eady, Leola Farley, Robert Farley, Nathaniel C. Glover, Sr., Stella C. Jones, Irene Kibler, Edna Law, Sarah Law, William Law, Jr., Crystal S. Mitchell, Vera D. Mungin, John W. Palmer, Sr., Leomie Polote, Mary Porter, Annie Sanders, Edward Smith and Robert Wilson are the parish recipients of the Diocesan Gartland Award, which is given annually for outstanding service to the church and the community.
After much prayer and reflections, the parish agreed that a new church building was needed for the celebration of the Eucharist and for the growth of the parish.
On Sunday, October 4, 2004, the parish first ever Capital Campaign “Resurrection is Rising” began. The opening song at the celebration “This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made” brought much joy and hope to the parish as parishioners committed themselves to worked for the success of the Capital Campaign.
The success of the Capital Campaign was seen on Sunday, June 15, 2008 when Bishop J. Kevin Boland led the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new church.
Two times the dedication of the new church was delayed by fire. The first fire was accidental and the second fire on October 15, 2009 was arson. As a community of faith, Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church look forward to the day that the church was dedicated. As we waited in hope for that grand day, our faith and strength in God was renewed daily. On Saturday, December 18, 2010, Bishop J. Kevin Boland was the celebrant of the Mass of Dedication for the new church.
Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church continues to be a vibrant faith community and this is evident in the numerous ministries and activities of the parish for youth and adults.
Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church shares her love and concern for her brothers and sisters of the community in need through its weekly collection of non-perishable food, drives for blankets, men undergarments, eye glass, toiletries and other needs.