Many parishioners missed the opportunity to see the church from the inside during our parish picnic. In the coming weeks, we will conduct tours of the church after some of the masses on Sunday. Click on the link below to make your reservation for the time and date convenient for you.
This angel statue from the Netherlands will be placed in the belvedere niche above the main entry door and call us to worship.
Our wooden statues were taken to the woodworker's shop this morning. The crafstmen will do some light restoration work on them and then affix them to the focal point of their new scene, the Crucifixion, the Holy Rood or the Holy Cross. The cross will be newly crafted. Jesus will be affixed to the cross and Mary and St. John look up at him from below. The entire scene will be suspended above the main altar. These three figures have never been displayed before, in fact they are from different continents, but we a hopeful that they will be a beautifully coordinated scene and an occasion of grace here at Holy Cross for many years to com.
Here is the architect's sketch of the design. You may already recognize it as being featured on the hymnal bookplates.
Though the main altar will be assembled on site, the pieces of marble must be fitted and carved. Here are photos of the base of the altar being fashioned.
Thanks to everyone who helped out at the parish picnic, to our docents for their expertly conducted guided tours of the church and all the parishioners who came to see the inside of the new church.
Thank you to the group of parishioners who volunteered to be tour guides whom you will meet if you are able to attend our parish picnic.
Change both inside and outside the building are accelerating as we near the completion of the project. Work has been proceeding on the stairways and access ramps with excavation, concrete pouring and laying of concrete block.
We will be able to enter the church via the old front doors for a walk around the perimeter of the ground floor. The choir loft and basement are off limits, as the metal frames for the stairs have not yet been filled with concrete and the elevator has not been installed.
Come join us for 12 noon mass and the picnic which follows. Sign up for a tour while you spend some relaxing time with fellow parishioners.
Thank you to all the donors who have so far subscribed to 285 hymnals for the new church.
Donation forms are available online, at the Parish Office or at the weekend masses.
Holy Cross Parish Picnic follows the
12 Noon Mass this Sunday
Food, Games for Children, Church Tours.
Don't miss this Sunday's Parish Picnic for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross! We will begin the celebration with Eucharist at 12 noon and follow with food, fun and games immediately following.
We will also offer tours of the new church to be given by parish volunteers to small groups. It will be a great opportunity to see the inside of the building we have all been watching on the outside for so long.
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.
Well, it made the trip from Holland safely and it looks (and smells) great. There's one slight difficulty which is illustrated by the last photograph, which is "life size." Seriously, I thought everyone was short back in the 1890's, especially the Dutch. Some adjustments are in order, or it may be that the lectern will, like the ambo, be located on a lower step than the person using it.