HOLY CROSS TRIVIA

BY THE WOMEN'S GROUP

1993

THE CERAMIC NATIVITY SET THAT WE PRESENTLY USE AT THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH AT CHRISTMAS WAS PAINSTAKINGLY DONE IN 1970 BY THE WOMEN OF THE PARISH.

 

IN 1975 WE DECIDED ON A MONEY-MAKING PROJECT - A SPAGHETTI DINNER! WE WERE SO SMALL BACK THEN THAT A NUMBER OF WOMEN GATHERED AT SUE LESLIE'S TO MAKE THE SAUCE AND SINCE THE WEATHER WAS JUST RIGHT, DOTTIE & MAX SAFFER COME UP WITH A BUMPER CROP OF TOMATOES - FURNISHING ALL THE TOMATOES NEEDED FOR THE SAUCE. FROM THERE WE WENT TO THE LIBRARY WHICH WAS THE COMMUNITY BUILDING USED BY US FOR LARGE EVENTS, COOKING THE PASTA AND SERVING THERE. WE HAD A LARGE CROWD AND NO EXPERTISE TO SERVE THEM!! WE COULDN'T COOK THE PASTA FAST ENOUGH, THE LINES WERE VERY LONG WITH UNHAPPY CUSTOMERS WITH "UNDERCOOKED" PASTA. THE PASTA STUCK TOGETHER LEAVING US WITH BIG "BLOBS OF PASTA STUCK TOGETHER. NOT A REAL GOOD START FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN K'V ILLE. WE CAN NOW LAUGH ABOUT IT - THE FEW A US STILL HERE. "JOAN AUSTIN"

 

THE LARGE CELEBRANTI CHAIR, COMMONLY KNOW AS A "BISHOPS CHAIR " IN TIME PAST, WAS FOUND IN 1977, DEEP AMONG THE TREASURERS OF AN ANTIQUE SHOP IN THE AREA. IT WAS BADLY IN NEED OF REPAIR AND REFINISHING. FR. BOLICK SEARCHED FOR AN APPROPRIATE WAY TO UPHOLSTER IT, AND DISCOVERED JOAN AUSTIN AND HER WILLINGNESS TO HELP. JOAN WORKED UP NEEDLEPOINT PIECES FOR THE CHAIR. USING THE OBALTE COAT-OF-ARMS AS THE DESIGN FOR THE BACK. AFTER NEARLY 1,000 HOURS OF DILIGENT STITCHING, THE CHAIR WAS UPHOLSTERED AND IS STILL IN USE TODAY AS THE CELEBREANT'S CHAIR ON OUR ALTAR.

 

IN 1977 FR. BOLICH ASSIGNED FAMILIES TO TAKE "CHARGE" OF VARIOUS PROJECTS WHEN BUILDING THE NEW CHURCH. SPECIFIC FAMILIES WERE IN CHARGE OF SEEING THAT THE LAND WAS CLEARED, LANDSCAPING WAS DONE, ETC., FOR EXAMPLE, THE SAFFER FAMILY WAS IN CHARGE OF CLEARING THE LAND, THEY ORGANIZED MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN TO CUT DOWN TREES, CHOP AND STACK WOOD, ETC. THE WORK WAS DONE IN FIVE WEEK-ENDS SINCE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WERE THE ONLY TIMES PEOPLE WERE AVAILABLE. SOME OF THE WOMEN PREPARED BREAKFAST, LUNCH, ANO DINNER FOR THE WORKERS. CHILDREN WERE SEEN WITH THEIR WAGONS LOADING WOOD TO BE STACKED.

 

KEITH FARRIS MADE THE PRESENT ALTAR, PODIUM, WOOD BASES BEHIND THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS ANO THE CROSS IN FRONT OF CHURCH. A BRASS PLATE HAD TO BE ADDED TO THE CROSS, AS WOODPECKERS CONTINUALLY PECKED HOLES IN IT. THE CROSS IS DEDICATED TO JACK EVERETT.