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Church Project Timeline 2004 until Present



It's interesting and instructive to review the many and sometimes difficult steps which were taken to get us to the threshold of the construction of our church expansion/renovation project. Many of you are familiar with series of events prior to 2004 which resulted in the out-of-court settlement and continuing resolution. This timeline highlights the events from 2004 onward.

Holy Cross Rumson– Church Construction Timeline


April 20, 2004

Parish receives approval for the church and school renovation and expansion project from the Borough of Rumson; continuing resolution including deed restriction agreed to

November 3, 2004

Fr. Michael Manning assumes pastorate of Holy Cross; contract with EPIC construction on bishop’s desk for signature

November 21, 2004

Financial integrity of building fund assessed; plans for school revised to include technology, media room, new library, enhanced gym; Epic Construction maximal bid contract approved

November 28, 2004

Project approved by Bishop Smith this past week; parishioners updated; Phase 1 of the project to be the school construction. Phase 2 the church. Both school and church plans will need revision – the school immediately before construction begins, the church in the coming years

December 24, 2004

Epic Construction hired to provide Construction Manager as Constructor services including acceptable Guaranteed Maximum Price Budget

January 23, 2005

Liturgical Art and Environment Committee established to work on the church interior design;  will begin with liturgical catechesis

March 20-June 12, 2005

liturgical catechesis of parish begins; bulletin inserts and homilies

May 5, 2005

Ceremonial groundbreaking for school addition; resolute determination to complete construction permit application and comply with articles in continuing resolution

May 23, 2005

Building and Planning Committee composed of previous and new members has  meeting; will be involved with construction and fundraising

June 14, 2005

Liturgical Art and Environment Committee has first meeting; presentation on the building plans given; upcoming meetings feature prospective liturgical consultants; some committee  members visit churches, liturgical suppliers and attend lectures.

July 25, 2005

Pastor presents parish needs for church project to diocese; deed consolidation and restriction signed by Bishop and pastor as part of building permit application

Week of August 8, 2005

Our Lady of Grace statue installed on top of carriage house; crowned and blessed August 14

Week of September12, 2005

Epic Construction’s Guaranteed Maximal Price deemed too high by parish; school project put out to open bid.

November 1, 2005

Final bids on school project

December 9, 2005

Project awarded to Charles B. Hembling & Son Construction

January 6, 2006

Construction permit granted

January 15, 2006

Last events in old gym

February 3, 2006

Demolition of old gym begins

June 16, 2006

Decision to conduct (3 year) capital campaign as gymatorium project proceeds; Construction Open House; parish fundraising chairs present as plans for capital campaign are formed

July 17, 2006

Building inspection done on church

September 2006

School Project completion date pushed back to December

October 17, 2006

Lynch Development hired for Lift High the Cross campaign – planning and informal fundraising continue

November 1, 2006

Structural engineer inspects church

December 16, 2006

School project dedicated

January 2007

3year Lift High the Cross campaign begins officially; $3.1 million dollars pledged

April 25, 2007

Liturgical Art and Environment Committee meeting; with the school project complete, church design review, assessment, and planning intensifies

May 2, 2007

Open parish meeting; interactive selection of preferred church characteristics;Option of serving on liturgy and/or building committee

May  2007

Written survey to all parishioners asking for characteristics desired in the new church

July 7, 2007

Attorney John Brogan engaged to represent church before Rumson Zoning Board; parish seeking to revise the site plan to allow 25 additional parking spaces on western end of the property

July – December 2007

Diocesan Building Commission informed of progress

August 5, 2007

Report of church attribute study in bulletin

August, September,

October 2007

Parking lot improvements, paving as part of school building project installed

Spring 2008

Application filed with Borough for revised site plan with additional parking spaces

September 21, 2008

Lift High the Cross Memorial Wall designed

September 22 & October 17, 2008

Two hearings with the Rumson Zoning Board of Adjustment on revised site plan

December 22, 2008

Online survey of church project opened

January 26, 2009

Church Building Committee meets; efficacy of existing design discussed

February 11, 18 and March 11, 2009

Presentations by  3 prospective project architects including

James McCrery (Feb. 18)

April 26, 2009

Revision of church design announced;  card survey to be done for diocese

May 2009

107 responses to on line survey on interior of new worship space

300 endorsement cards; 70 volunteers for project

CAFRA determination  on additional parking spaces; landscaping site plan

May 20, 2009

Church Building Committee assesses architect presentations, receives update and discusses next steps

June 14, 2009

Parish celebrates 125th anniversary; Lift High the Cross Memorial Wall blessed by Bishop Smith

June 2009

James McCrery chosen as project architect

June 29, 2009

Pastor makes presentation to Diocesan Building Committee; given approval to proceed with concept drawings

July 2009

Church inspection by architect and structural engineer

Mid July, 2009

Contractor opens areas of church walls, ceilings, and columns as specified by structural engineer and architect so integrity of building can be assessed

July –September, 2009

Those who have made Memorial Gifts receiving acknowledgements; parish making sure records are complete

August 5, 2009

Engineer’s report submitted with summary by architect; building is sound; results sent to diocese

Church Building Committee meets; updates; discussion of architect’s ideas; subcommittees formed for certain liturgical appointments

August 19, 2009

Pastor starts construction blog to keep people informed

August 19, 2009

Borough has approved the revised site plan for the additional parking spaces, awaiting NJDEP; Rumson lets work proceed

Ward Avenue wall complete; landscaping later when site plan complete

Architect working on concept drawings for church

August 20 – September 4, 2009

Revised site plan work installed;  paving and 20+ additional parking spaces added to west side of property; curb work

September 9, 2009

Architect James McCrery brings first concept drawings of new church to parish

September 23, 2009

Online construction survey closed after over a year-125 responses

November 4, 2009

Architect presents concept drawings to Church Building Committee-received very favorably; posted on construction blog next day;

November 29, 2009 – May, 2011

Negotiations with Diocesan Building Commission

July 14, 2010

Church Building committee meets; updated on continuing negotiations with diocese

December 1, 2010

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. succeeds Bishop John M. Smith and becomes the 10th Bishop of Trenton

May 23, 2011

Permission from Bishop O’Connell to proceed with church project

June 1, 2011

Church Building Committee meets

June 2011

Attorney Michael Bruno retained to present amended plan with new church design to Borough

June 2011

Committee formed to interview prospective fundraising companies

June 2011

Community Counseling Service (CCS) retained to conduct feasibility study for parish capital campaign A Time to Build

August 2011

Kennedy Engineering engaged as civil engineers for project; begin site plan work

August & September 2011

68 personal interviews conducted for feasibility and planning study

September 17-18, 2011

In-pew survey on the church project at all masses

October 13, 2011

CCS hired to conduct capital campaign

November 2011

Silent phase of capital campaign begins

November 30, 2011

Application for amended site plan with new church design filed with Borough of Rumson

December 12, January 23,and January 30, 2012

Borough of Rumson Special Zoning Board hears application

January 30, 2012

Application approved; resolution to be formalized March 5, 2012

February 11-12, 2012

Public phase of capital campaign announced

March 4, 2012

 Liturgical Consultant for project, Denis McNamara, to make presentation to parish

October-November 2011

Anticipated groundbreaking

April-May 2014

Anticipated dedication