Raising Up The Body of Christ
A New Home For the Old Mass in Southwest Florida
A Worthy Dwelling Place
Join us as we build a worthy dwelling place for Our Lord, “whose delights are to be with the children of men”, that the Word may become Flesh and dwell among us in the most Blessed Sacrament of the altar; where the sacrifice of His Body and Blood can be perpetuated on our altars for His greater honor and glory, for the salvation of souls; where we have enough space to accommodate the full potential of this great traditional community, with a full parish life instructing us in the faith of our fathers, and providing a true spiritual home where the mystical body of Christ can flourish in charity and service to one another; that Christ may be all in all!
Having outgrown our temporary space at the chapel spaces we rent, and after having searched for available churches for sale in our targeted area to no avail, we have determined with His Excellency’s blessing, that the best option at present is to look for land and build our own church, as similar FSSP apostolates have done in other places throughout the country, giving us a concrete model to follow.
Phase 1: Our Progress
Based on land costs in the area and similar construction models in other places, we have set our Phase One goal for the purchase of land and construction of a building at $5 million, with a second Phase of an additional $5 million for the construction of a permanent church. Please note land and construction costs may vary.
In just over 1 year, we have raised more than $2,000,000 which brings the total balance in our Building Fund to $2,760,302.09.
Permission has been granted by the diocese and our building fund has been established. It is not taxed in any way but grows with a 3.25% interest rate and will be used exclusively for the purpose of our future parish home.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, c. 1900
Home to the Latin Mass for Over 400 Years
The first mass in what would become the United States was offered in Florida over 400 years ago. Today, we offer the same Mass.
His Excellency, Bishop Frank Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice, Florida. Invited the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter into the diocese of Venice in 2008, where within a few years we purchased and established ourselves in our parish church of Christ the King in Sarasota, from which we have traveled to visit the southwest portion of the diocese to offer Sunday Mass in Fort Myers and Naples.
In 2017, seeing the continued growth and great potential in the south-west mission, His Excellency invited the FSSP to establish themselves full time in the area and to begin searching for their own future parish home and erected the community as Corpus Christi Chapel. Since then Corpus Christi has averaged a new household registration every week, with many young large families and dynamic community life full of classes, groups for all ages, socials, camps and more.
HOW - Following the prudent model of other FSSP apostolates of similar size. Phase 1 would be to purchase land and erect a building which destined to be our future parish center, would in the meantime be used as our temporary chapel, and some office and classroom spaces. Phase 2 would entail building a proper traditional church on the same property.
WHERE - our statistics of membership, family size, economic donations, etc. place our central location around I-75 and Immokalee Rd. We will look to obtain property within a 15 minute radius of this central location.
Examples of Other FSSP Projects
Prayer to St. Joseph for our Future Parish Home
O glorious St. Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to you we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the benign heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly for the grace of a happy death and the special favor we now request. (mention your request)
O guardian of the Word Incarnate, we feel animated with confidence that your prayers in our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
O glorious St. Joseph, through the love you bear to Jesus Christ and for the glory of His name, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.