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March 2, 2001 Issue
Local News

Kaukauna parish adds space

Dedication Sunday for new Holy Cross gathering place

By Joanne Flemming
Compass Correspondent

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 order."

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.

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