Catholic Community

Dear Editor:

Almost two years ago, Holy Trinity Parish at St. Aloysius Church began an extensive repair/restoration project to address numerous maintenance issues affecting the church building. Many parishioners dug deep into their pockets and pledged money to cover the cost.

Over a year into the work, it was decided to move our worship site from the church into the auditorium at the former St Aloysius School. This would allow the scaffolding and tools to remain in the building and work to continue at a better pace. Numerous contractors from many different trades brought their skills in to repair plaster, repair the beautiful stained glass windows, repair water damage, fix drainage problems, etc. As is usually the case during these projects, other problems surfaced which slowed the process. We also needed to come up to code in several areas to satisfy local ordinances.

The goal was to be finished and back in the Church by July 1 so we could celebrate the 130th anniversary of this magnificent building.

Thanks to thousands of volunteer hours from many parishioners, community members and friends and family from far and near, we completed the project on time. There was a celebratory Mass and rededication of the Church on July 1. It was a beautiful day culminated with a wonderful dinner for almost 300 people.

When help was needed to scrape and point the brick after the loose stucco was removed, people came. When paint needed to be purchased, people donated. When cement needed to be poured, people paid for yards of concrete. When landscaping needed to be done, volunteers appeared. Those of us who couldn’t do physical labor provided meals for all the workers.

This was truly a labor of love by our combined members from St. Aloysius, St. Ann’s and Immaculate Conception parishes who now are Holy Trinity Parish.

Come join us any weekend for services and be a part of our beautiful “Catholic Community.” As we sing in a hymn, “All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in our Church.”

Mary Bucher

Wellsville

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