Let the joyful news go forth that Holy Cross Church's renovation/expansion plans have been unanimously approved (7-0) by the special board convened to hear the parish's application! This day has been anticipated and patiently worked toward by so many for nearly 7 years and is truly a testatment not only to their persistence but to the power of prayer.
Some highlights of the new plan include:
the architecturally beautiful interior and exterior views by James McCrery already featured on both this blog and the construction blog.
preservation of our historic church's interior shell, its steeple and the present facade on Ward Avenue
continuity of the design and mood of our interior worship space with its past and present appearance
elimination of the parking lot behind the carriage house to make way for an entry garden and gathering plaza adjoining the south side of the church
a fountain / water feature in the outdoor gathering space and Marian prayer garden
preservation of the playground and parish playing field
restoration of the church's exterior appearance to its original cedar shingle and tile roof design
full handicapped accessible parking, entryways and rest rooms
several cry rooms for use by our most vocal and youthful worshippers
a basement meeting room for church groups and mourners after funeral masses if desired
fixed pew seating for nearly 650 parishioners facing East to the "rising of the Son"
cleaning and preservation of the Holy Cross "Discovery of the True Cross" stained glass window along with Sts. Alphonse Liguori and Anthony
installation of Sacred Heart and BVM windows from Holy Rosary Church
new choir loft and church organ
new altar, ambo (pulpit), lectern and baptismal font
specially comissioned reredos (wall painting behind the tabernacle and above the altar)
new Holy Rood cross
plans for renovation of the tool shed adjoining the Carriage House to service outdoor hospitality, heated walkways to the church to prevent snow and ice accumulation, geothermal powered cooling and heating and new shingles for the rectory to match the church will be studied and accomplished if finances permit.
Look for a public announcement of our "Time To Build" Captial Campaign in the next few weeks. The campaign has already been quietly underway as we make progress toward our goal of $4 million dollars.
Projected ground breaking is October/November with an anticipated construction time of 18 months.