Thursday, April 22, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
It happened at 3:00pm, according to Monsignor Anthony Marcaccio, during his remarks at the end of a wonderful rite of dedication.
Some 1,200 parishioners, priests and other special guests gathered outside on a beautiful spring day to begin the rite of dedication. This was the first church dedication I've ever attended, and I found the experience moving.
Bishop Peter J. Jugis led the ceremony, sprinkling holy water on the walls of the church. He used chrism on the altar, rubbing the mixture of olive oil and balsam into the marble surface to consecrate it. Then it was time for the incense.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
As our construction draws to its conclusion I thought I would post one last series of photos to share several images that you will enjoy in years to come. As has been mentioned before, the light entering St. Pius X will give us different views throughout the day and almost serve as a clock depending upon which Mass you attend. During construction, I have shared several photographs which show this, however, none that reflect the true beauty you will witness in person. ENJOY!!
These next 2 photographs were taken at 9:00 AM and show the statue of the Blessed Mary.
This photograph was taken at 8:00 AM. You can see how the sun shines on the Crucifix. You can also see the sun coming through the clear story windows and forming a staircase on the far wall.
Any trip by the church at night will enable you to see the beautiful brick cross over our front entrance. This photograph and the one below were taken as I arrived for the 7 AM Easter Mass. What a beautiful view as we celebrate Christ's resurrection.
I have enjoyed sharing our progress with you over the past year with posting on the Blog. I appreciate all the kind words that were posted in comments as well as those shared with me in person. There will continue to be posting as we have our dedication as well as others that will chronicle our construction, however, this will be the final posting by me prior to the dedication.
GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS,
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
One came from Italy, the birthplace of our parish's namesake -- Saint Pius X. Traveling in the suitcase of a parishioner, this rock may look a little different from most cornerstones.
The second comes from Peru, from our sister parish. Chiseled from the same traditional limestone of the churches there, we will cement our bond. (Literally!)
Our final cornerstone looks the most traditional of the three. It matches the stones used for our new facade.
All three were blessed by parishioners in the days leading up to Palm Sunday, and then officially by retired Bishop William Curlin during a ceremony after the 9:00am Mass. Our entire congregation joined in a procession to place the three stones on a cold, wet morning.
Here's a look at a photo slideshow of the event:
And if you would like to see video:
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
As I've mentioned, we are beginning the work that will build our stone retaining wall at the Day Chapel entrance and the last of the brick work on the west wall.
After all the lifts were removed, we took several photos from the school parking lot overlooking the Kloster Center.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
This week, the outside began to take shape as most of the sidewalks were completed and all but one small section of curb and gutter for the parking lot was completed. If all goes well this week, the final grading for the parking lot will be completed as will the rest of the sidewalks. Another question I’m been hearing is about the opening on the Elm Street side of the church. This has stayed in its current form because its been providing access for materials and equipment. Now that all the major lifting has been complete, this section can be closed in and brick laid.In the last posting you saw a video of the marble ambo and altar. The last two photographs show how the sanctuary and Baptismal font looked at the end of this week.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Next you see the marble for the altar table being assembled.
Once the base is formed, the heavy work begins as members of our parish lift the altar top into place. This solid piece of marble weighs over 1,000 lbs.
The completed altar table and ambo stand ready for use. This photo was taken just after installation. The red strap around the table has now been removed.
Following are two videos which show part of the installation.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Below are photos showing the doors arrival. The name Schiller may not be known to you, but its a major presence in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio and has Greensboro connections. Schiller's is a family owned business and that family includes Deanna Shannon, a Church member. One photo shows the three Shannon boys posed in front of the truck as it's being unloaded.
One of our parish members is providing all the marble for the altar as well as for the Baptismal area. The marble made the slow journey across the Atlantic from Italy arriving in New York City. Last Sunday, while many were watching the Super Bowl and others were digging out of record snowfalls along the east coast, a truck driver was making his way south carrying a precious cargo. The following show the arrival at noon in Greensboro.
The following show the meticulous process of preparing the area and laying the marble on the altar. Even though there is snow on the ground outside, work continued all day on the inside. You will notice in the video below, woodwork that has taken place on the altar this week.
On February 13th workers from Rentenbach were on site, despite the snow, getting the cloister ready for sidewalks. Thesub contractor was originally going to begin building forms for the sidewalks today, but that wasn't possible. If the weather cooperates, we will have sidewalks around the church in the next week.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The rest of this posting will shows samples of other windows that will be along the North Elm Street side of our church and along the rear parking lot.
These photos are ones that will be in the niche where we will have a statute of Mary.
The photo above and to the left are windows in the niche where the St. Pius X marble statute will be placed
This is the Holy Family window. In this niche we will also have a marble statute of Joseph. I did a closeup so you could see the vibrant colors in the windows
This final photograph shows the progress that has been made on the
altar this week.