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Saint Michael
3705 Stone Lakes Dr
Louisville, KY 40299
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Jeffersontown Catholics were becoming more numerous, and St. Edward Parish was overflowing. On June 17, 1975, Archbishop Thomas J. McDonough assigned Father Charles Borgia McCauley to work with parishioners who were interested in establishing a new parish. The first Mass at what was then called the Catholic Chapel was offered on November 30, 1975. The canonical decree establishing the parish of St. Michael was issued in 1976. With a donation of eight acres, ground was broken for a church and rectory on August 12, 1979. Mass was first celebrated in the new church on November 8, 1980.

As the parish grew, the Family Life Center was built and dedicated on April 26, 1992, by Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, O.P. In 1997, the parish responded to the needs of families in the Jeffersontown area by opening a school in the Family Life Center, which was renamed the St. Michael Life Long Learning Center (LLC). The school began with kindergarten and first grade; the first eighth-grade class graduated in 2005.

A new lifelong learning center was built in 1998. In 2006, a parish community center was completed. Plans are now underway to build a larger worship space to accommodate the expected growth in the area.

From the beginning, St. Michael’s strength has been its laity and the founding members who planted the seeds that enabled the parish to grow. Parishioners are active and have a strong commitment to formation for members of all ages. In addition, each of St. Michael’s pastors has brought his unique gifts and talents to the community.

Staying ahead of development in the area has been a constant challenge. The goal has always been to maintain that “small parish feeling” as the parish grows. With the completion of the Community Center and the forthcoming larger church, St. Michael, now with about 3,000 parishioners, is poised to meet the needs of its members for years to come.

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