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Faith in action for Dec. 17

December 17, 2010
By the Rev. Paul Wolf

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

On Oct. 4, Holy Redeemer began to hold daily Mass at the Chapel of St. Mary at Holy Redeemer School. This was the beginning of the transition that has moved Holy Redeemer Parish out of Holy Redeemer Church for the duration of eight months for building and renovation. On Oct. 11, the front steps of the church were removed and excavation of the new addition was begun. The new addition will allow on street access to the church. Two sets of steps will take worshipers and visitors to the main church.

A set of steps will allow individuals to enter Carlin Hall (there will be no need to go up to the church level and then come down a set of steps). Two accessible bathrooms will be on each level. A family room/bride/children's room will be on the upper level. Both levels will have gathering areas to welcome and greet one another.

A Groundbreaking Service of blessing and prayers was held Oct. 17, and presided over by our bishop, Bishop John LeVoir. Parishioners prayed and watched as representatives of the building and fund raising committees, trustees, and contractors took a ceremonial shovel of dirt.

On Oct. 14, the removal of church items began. A number of rooms had to be cleaned out for the renovation to begin. On Oct. 24, the remainder of items were taken out and stored in the Parish Center, taken to St. Mary's Chapel, or discarded. About 200 individuals helped in these moves.

The present altar furniture of Holy Redeemer Church will be set up and remain at St. Mary's Chapel. New furniture is being designed and built. In addition, reredoses are being built where the old altars used to be. Stations of the Cross are being reconfigured where they are to blend into the overall renovations of the church. Statues are being cleaned and restored.

On Oct. 25, the interior work of renovation of Holy Redeemer Church began. A number of notable renovation points of phase one: plaster and painting (stenciling) throughout the church, tile (porcelain and marble) will replace carpeting, new sound system and acoustical work to be done, camera system to be installed, reconfiguration of the sanctuary and front pews, and numerous safety issues to be addressed.

For those who are interested in the progress that is being made, feel free to go to, scroll down on our main page to Renovation Pictures & Videos and click on items for viewing.



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