Interested in being a part of a creative endeavor to preserve Holy Cross for future generations?
A working timeline of Holy Cross Church is being created via our parish website. To help ensure that no stone go unturned, we’re asking for help regarding historical information about the different areas of the church. Currently, we’re focusing on pictures, documents, old bulletins, invitations, graduation programs, newspaper articles, etc. that are pre-1970. If you have any of these item(s) and “care to share”, please stop by either of our scanning events: Saturday October 22, 2-4 PM in the Parish Center or Saturday November 5, 2-4 PM in the Parish Office.Your items be carefully scanned (or photographed depending on size) and given right back to you.
Any questions/concerns can be directed to Jennifer ContiJ.Conti2013@gmail.com or Mike Shea at 865-4978. Thank you.
New additions to the school, started in 1954 and completed in 1956, make up the present building. Holy Cross School consists of 19 classrooms from Pre-K through 6th grade, a computer lab, a library, prayer room, music room, resource center, gym/auditorium, cafeteria and offices. A separate building on Lake Ave houses the Holy Cross Early Childhood Center program, a full day pre-school and after school care program.
Holy Cross began as a mission church in 1863. She was blessed and dedicated by Bishop Timon of Buffalo on May 3rd. Reverend John M. Maurice of Our Mother of Sorrows served as pastor for the first ten years.
Father John J. Donnelly became the first resident pastor on July 7, 1873. Since then Holy Cross has had ten other resident pastors including: Rev. Thomas Hendricks, Rev. Simon FitzSimons, Rev. John Fitzgerald, Rev. William Payne, Rev. Alexander McCabe, Bishop Lawrence B. Casey, Rev. Joseph O'Connell, Rev. Robert Fennessy, Rev. John P. O'Malley and our current pastor, Rev. Thomas H. Wheeland.
The present structure of Holy Cross Church was built in 1881. During the 112 years of its existence, the bell tower, the baptistry, and south entrance were added. 1985 saw the present interior remodeling of the church building. Rededication ceremonies were held in June of that year by Bishop Matthew Clark.
In 1998, the first major addition in almost 50 years was built onto Holy Cross Church. The assembly area was enlarged to accomodate 70 additional seats, plus a large meeting area and new kitchen were added to provide space for gatherings of up to 175 people. The new addition was dedicated by Bishop Matthew Clark in January, 1999.
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