A New Beginning

Here in Steubenville, Ohio, a new Catholic parish, Triumph of the Cross, has been established. Fr. Tim McGuire is the pastor. The new parish will bring together the members of six smaller parishes in the city. And since the each of the city’s existing Catholic churches is too small for all of the new parish’s members to gather for worship, we have the opportunity – and the challenge – to plan and build a new church. Our new Triumph of the Cross Parish church will also become the new cathedral for the Diocese of Steubenville.

Members of the six parishes are serving on committees to plan the new church. Tonight we had our second meeting and started discussing some of the important ideas in the U.S. Bishop’s document about new churches. It’s called “Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship.”

One of the committee members talked about this being a special privilege for members of all the parishes: it’s not often that a generation can plan and build a cathedral for the present and for future generations.

There’s a lot of work ahead, and we’re looking forward to sharing the process with you.

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