A LOOK INSIDE THE NEW CHURCH – APRIL 26, 2021
A view of the sanctuary from the choir loft.
A huge crucifix will be mounted on the stone wall behind the altar. The tabernacle will also be on the wall behind the altar, beneath the crucifix.
The niches on either side will house statues of the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph with votive candle stands and kneelers for personal prayer.
The smaller recessed rectangles are for state of the art flat-screen TV monitors.
The beams on the ceiling are not yet completed. They will draw attention to the altar wall.
The north side of the building as seen from the choir loft. As you can see, there is much still to do. When the everything in the ceiling is finished, the flooring tiles will be installed, followed by the pews.
The square indentations in the walls are awaiting the Stations of the Cross from the old church which have been totally restored and are absolutely beautiful!
South side of the new church, waiting for the stained glass windows from the old church to be returned after being refurbished.
Did you know that each Station of the Cross has a cross at the top?
Many were broken over the years, so all have been restored!
The choir loft above and the main entrance below. To the right is one of the two reconciliation rooms with the other on the left side. Also on the left, behind the lift, is the cry/bride’s room.
The narthex (lobby and main entrances) which faces east. The three-story window
will be an amazing stained-glass version of The Ascension. Access to the main entrances will be from Pablo Avenue where there will be handicapped parking available, and from Fifth Street.
A life size statue of St. Paul arrived from Italy. It will be in the courtyard on the First Avenue east side of the new church.
Last Friday, Auld and White Contractors made it possible for the students and staff of St. Paul’s School to visit the new church and sign their names on the concrete block walls under the places where the Stations of the Cross will be inserted. Even though their names will be covered with sheet rock and sound-proofing material, they will always know under which station they signed their name. Even the rain couldn’t dampen the excitement of the students when they entered the vastness of the new church. The construction workers made it really interesting by parking all their machinery inside the building so the future builders and engineers could see it up close. They were obviously thinking about their future both in church and their choice of careers.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – AND ANSWERS:
How big is the new church in comparison to the old church?
The new church will seat twice as many people as the old church for a total of about 1,340 folks.
When will the new church be finished?
Our hope is to be in the new church by this time next year, but we are leaving it in God’s hands.
Will there be a bell tower, a choir loft, and restrooms?
Thankfully, all those features have been included in the design of the new church.
Are we tearing down the existing Family Life Center?
Absolutely not! The plan has always been to tie the new church to the Family Life Center which will continue to house our Early Learning Center, meeting rooms, a kitchen and the Office of Parish Ministries and Adult Faith Formation. A new feature in the FLC will be a greatly expanded religious article store.
What is going on with the stained-glass windows? Why are the openings for the windows so large?
The windows will be expertly removed from the old church in late September or early October and taken to Lynchburg, Virginia, for repair and cleaning. The openings in the new church are for the actual windows as well as the architectural detail around them.
What will the old church look like with no stained-glass windows?
There is currently impact resistant glass in front of the stained-glass which will remain.
What about Mary and the Stations of the Cross?
They will also be transported to Virginia for repairs, cleaning, and refurbishing.
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Fathers Valan, Houle and Joseph stand where the altar will be in the new church.
The south wall is being prepared for stained glass windows.