A Time to Build

From the Sublime to the Mundane

Sheating and roofing continued today. It was very consoling to see some tender loving care being lavished on our old church frame and heartening to see how her profile is taking its part in the overall profile of the new church.


New sheathing and soffit on south side of church

North transept and apse

Diddle, diddle dumpling my son John…one shoe off and one shoe on.

Much work continues in the basement, but it is not yet watertight. Here is the stairwell and elevator shaft to its left.

There's a laundry room?

We're trying to beautify the big pile of topsoil, but the weeds are growing faster than the wildflowers! Here are some cornflowers in bloom.

And some cosmos trying to keep their heads above the weeds.

Stained Glass Window Locations

The tentative locations for each of our stained glass windows have been assigned. Two sets of three should be grouped together: 1) Patrick, Brigid, Colum (the patrons of Ireland) and 2) Francis, Life in the Events of Francis, Clare. We also made an effort to locate the Mary with Child window at a distance from the statue in the sanctuary.

Revised Window Schedule

The windows still available are "Life of St. Francis" and "St. Elizabeth Ann Seton."


Friday the Thirteenth Construction

Despite the foggy, rainy morning start, workers accomplished a great deal today. More of the roof sheathing from the original church was removed to expose the framework for the connection to the new church and laying of new sheathing.

Roof sheathing on the new roof construction continued and delivery of more shingles and underlayment was accepted and placed onto the roof for installation.

The architect sent three colors to be considered for the louvers in the church gables. (see below)

More revisions for the cartoon of Mary and the Apostles were reviewed and amended.

Approval was given for a thinner, but more efficient exterior insulation to comply with brand new building code regulations.

Final design drawings for the Rood (Crucifix) to hang in the sanctuary were refined.

And, oh yes, we had a deluge after all the workers went home!


Old roof is readied for a new layer of sheathing

Daylight reaches the old choir loft

The last portions of roof to be completed
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Selection of louvre colors





The natural wood color of the church itself will weather to a warm grey color.

More Carpentry Work and Roof Connections

Workers assembled more of the pointed arches for framing the exterior doors and windows. A crew also focused attention on the area where the new and old roof ridges will meet. Meantime work continued on sheathing the gables and the roof of the east transept.

A representative from the New Holland pew manufacturers (the lady in the hardhat) visited the site today to take measurements for the pews and kneelers. Stain of the wood and color of the kneeler covers will be chosen at the next site meeting on the 25th of June.


Mary framed by the North Rose Window

Frame for our original St. Helena / True Cross Window



As much of the framework of the original church will remain for structural stability.

View from the Old Choir Loft



The original Ward Avenue windows will get new frames, but are in need of restoration. A generous donor(s) to clean and repair them would be most appreciated.


Cartoon for New Rose Window of Mary and the Apostles

The cartoons (full size drawings) for the symbols of the apostles are completed. 

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The Four Evangelists




See if you can match up the symbol with each of the other 12 apostles!

Existing rose petal New rose petal














A petal from the original rose window in The Victory of the Lamb from St. Francis and the design for a petal in the new rose window of Mary and the Apostles.

 Both of the Rose windows will be beautiful! I hope you can hardly wait to see the sun streaming through them into our new church.




Bending and Shaping

Many hours went into cutting and shaping the frames which will go above all the entry doors. There are views of them from the ground level and the choir loft.


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The basement still isn't dry. I don't know how they manage to work at all in the puddles. The water pipes are being installed and much of the electrical work is accomplished.



Workers are trying to compensate for the fact that the old roof is neither symmetrical nor level.


The roof from the roof.


Stained Glass Window of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for Holy Cross Church

StelizabethannsetonWe are pleased to announce the availability of a stained glass window of the First American born canonized saint, Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton. As wife, mother, widow and then foundress of a religious order, she was dedicated to the education of young people. Education has been a major concern of the parishioners of Holy Cross parish from its earliest days and it is fitting that a stained glass window depicting St. Elizabeth Ann Seton should be included in our church.

The window will be newly designed by Conrad Schmitt studios and in available for memorialization. A commitment for this window soon will enable us to have the window installed in time for the dedication of the church in December 2014.