On Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 4 p.m. Bishop Barry Knestout of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, will officiate at a Blessing of the new Catholic Cemetery and Columbarium recently constructed at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Ebony, Virginia.

The Catholic Church has been growing in southern Virginia. Twenty-five years ago, a small group started St. Peter’s parish. Parishioner growth enabled the building first of a gathering space and then the church where it is now located on Route 903, on the Virginia and North Carolina border. St. Peter’s serves over 100 families year-round and sometimes that number doubles during our busy summer months here at Lake Gaston. Father Jong R. Bayta, the pastor of St. Peter’s, is known for Blessing of the Boats on Memorial Day Weekend and Friday Fish Fries hosted by the Knights of Columbus each Friday during Lent and the Bazaar and Silent Auction in November.

As the parish base grew, a desire for a local Catholic cemetery also grew. Over the past two years, concrete plans, with the assistance of the Diocese of Richmond, were drawn and construction commenced in November 2019. Now there is a beautiful cemetery and columbarium adjacent to the church. The Blessing of the Cemetery and Columbarium was hoped for in the spring, but was delayed by the pandemic. Finally, at 4 p.m. on September 3, Bishop Knestout will lead the faithful in the Blessing of this new facility which targets to serve four southern Virginia regional Catholic churches: St. Peter’s in Ebony, St. Richard’s of Emporia, Good Shepherd in South Hill and St. Catherine’s of Sienna in Clarksville.

2020 is the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the Richmond Diocese and the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Ebony.

For more information contact: Bob Hathaway, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Cemetery, home (252) 586-1670; Father Jong R Bayta, Pastor St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, frjong23845@gmail.com - (434) 636-6277.