Kaukauna parish adds space
Dedication Sunday for new Holy Cross gathering place
By Joanne Flemming
Holy Cross Parish in Kaukauna will dedicate the new gathering
space inside the church entrance on Sunday, beginning with an 11
a.m. liturgy celebrated by Bp. Robert Banks.
Fr. John Mullarkey, pastor, said the new addition, completed in
December, is a "place where people gather before they go into
church for worship, where they come together in a more social
The handicapped accessible area also will be used for wake
services, small group meetings and as a reception area where
newlyweds greet their guests. It could also be used to
accommodate overflow from liturgies.
Although work began after Easter, the planning began three years
ago, Fr. Mullarkey said, as Holy Cross was considering how to get
its buildings ready for the 21st century.
The parish also decided the school needed new bathrooms, doors,
windows and roof and that the religious education center needed
rebuilding. A fund drive netted some $900,000 for the projects.
Fr. Mullarkey said the architect, Allan Bischbach of Kimberly,
extended the main entrance to meet a horseshoe-shaped drive where
people can be dropped off under a covered archway. There is
immediate access to an elevator that goes up to the gathering
space or down to the basement fellowship hall.
The gathering space is carpeted and furnished with 25 captain's
chairs and three tables placed in conversational groupings. A
small kitchen and ushers' closet are immediately off the space.
The stained glass window on one wall used to be upstairs behind
the organ. The organ is being rebuilt, but no date for its
completion has been set.
Fr. Mullarkey said that two new handicapped accessible restrooms
were added in the basement under the gathering space.
The school portion of the project remains to be completed. There
will be a second fund drive to raise $500,000 to $600,000 more.
A dinner at the Starlite Club will follow the dedication.