Thanks to our helpers at Merrick Construction, Holy Cross has its cross back and securely mounted on Ash Wednesday along with a completely rebuilt cross shrine on Ward Avenue.
Workers completed the modifications to the main entry stairs yesterday and they should be traffic worthy by the weekend masses. The bluestone steps were extended to eliminate the cut-outs on the middle stairway originally designed for a diagonal handrail arrangement.
The lantern lamps on the main stairway have also been raised to their appropriate level which sheds more light on all of the steps.
We're working to increase the brightness of the exterior lights to make the church as beautiful and safe as possible.
All barrier free doors are located on the North side of Holy Cross Church. A sloped ramp leads to the doors in the exonarthex and the narthex (the gathering space and baptismal font) and a ramp also leads to the door in the north transept (opposite the St. Michael Window). Passengers may also be dropped off at this door.
Parking for four (4) handicapped access vans and autos is available in the courtyard alongside the rectory accessed from Ward Avenue.
Parishioners who can walk but not cope with stairs well, can also walk from any of the parking spaces nearest to these north doors for easier access to the church.
Due to construction, the entry drive on Ward Avenue will be closed this weekend. Since most of our traffic arrives and departs at approximately the same time, use caution when entering the usual exit drive on Ward Avenue.
Thanks to the crew of volunteers who affixed the Memorial Donor Bookplates to our new hymnals this morning. They made quick and careful work of approximately 500 hymnals, which are being temporarily stored in the rectory.
There are still many hymnal bookplates available for memorial designation and a donation for one helps defray the costs of the hymnals.
Donate a paver brick in Holy Cross Prayer Garden in memory of a deceased loved one, in esteem of someone living, in thanksgiving for favors and graces received or in prayer for present and future parishioners, family and friends.
The prayer garden pavers will line the path to the Shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary on the southwest corner of the garden. The statue is a hand carved, 6 foot high statue of Italian marble being crafted in Italy by experienced artisans. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the prayer garden will not only include beautiful plantings and the Marian statue, but a custom-designed garden fountain, and a specially comissioned sculpture of "Jesus Calming the Storms."
Upon request, a certificate note card acknowledging the gift will be sent to the donor, in case they wish to send it in time for Christmas giving. Certificates can be personalized and mailed if purchased before December 17th and available for in-person pick up in the parish office between December 17th and December 22nd.
Pavers can be ordered online or by completing a form available at our masses or in the Parish Office. Click on the garden path in the blog's sidebar.
Thank you for being part of our parish project and helping complete this beautiful space.
There was quite a bit of shoveling mud from the foundation pours for the stairways and ramp this morning as workmen recovered our site from the deluge!
Still, progress was made on closing in the statue niches and we have the first interior upstairs wall.
Here's some progress on the statue niche on the outside of the North transept on Ward Avenue. Behind the niche, is the confessional, which is gradually now becoming walled in as workers complete the sheathing on the niche.
Workers began fitting the steel to the three statue niches on the church, two on Ward Avenue and one on the South transept facing the Prayer Garden.
Here's a very rough approximation of their appearance with images of statues.
We are gratefully accepting donations for the two angel statues on Ward Avenue.
Many of the windows from St. Francis are already restored and reconfigured and all of the newly fabricated windows are in various stages of production.
Thank you, thank you!
Don't be disappointed if you were thinking about a window but didn't pledge, there are many, many noble gifts available for the church and we still need everyone's support to complete the project in a beautiful and fiscally sound way.
Please pick up a brochure from the Parish Office or call for more information. Watch your mail and email for a September mailing as a final invitation to make a pledge before our winter church dedication.
The work on the inner wiring, pipes and duct systems of the church building is proceeding well, and soon the insulation in the roof will be installed along with drywall in the body of the church.
The spire infrastructure is still being fabricated and/or awaiting delivery, but it will be exciting to see the new silhouette of the church when it finally rises!
Work on shingling the smaller false buttresses on Ward Avenue will be delayed until some strenthening and straigtening of the interior beams can be carried out; they have tilted noticeably since being exposed to the weather for the last year.
The church pews will begin being manufactured on Friday. In addition to the pews themselves, we have added two kneelers and an altar server bench to our order with New Holland.
The antique lectern from "the original" Holland arrived for some strange reason at the architect's office in Washington, D.C. Perhaps James needed it for a speech before it was delivered to us? In any case it will be on its way here soon.
Our liturgy planning committee has scheduled a meeting with the Diocesan Director of Liturgy, Msgr. Sam Sirianni to begin planning for the bishop's visit to consecrate/dedicate the church and altar and to celebrate Eucharist with us.
Artisans at Rugo Stone have completed the restoration of our three marble statues for the church interior - St. Mary, St. Joseph and the Sacred Heart.
They have now begun work on the altar and have sent this picture showing the preliminary mock up of the colored marble designs on the front of the altar in cement board.
A color design sketch of the altar is below:
Christ, Head and Teacher, is the true altar, his members and disciples are also spiritual altars on which the sacrifice of a holy life is offered to God...Christians who give themselves to prayer, offer petitions to God and present sacrifices of supplication, are the living stones out of which the Lord Jesus builds the Church's altar.
...But it is in keeping with the eucharistic mystery that the Christian people erect a permanent altar for the celebration of the Lord's Supper and they have done so from the earliest times...In every church then, the altar is the center of the thanksgiving that the Eucharist accomplishes and around which the Church's other rites are, in a certain manner, arrayed.
Dedication of a Church and An Altar, USCCB