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Sound and Worship

One of the articles in the January 26, 2007, issue of The Steubenville Register, our diocesan newspaper, reports on a recent national survey about music and worship. The survey addressed singing by members of the congregation, and included more than a dozen elements related to our singing at Mass and other worshp celebrations.

Along with the many aspects of design, Fr. McGuire and two of us on the Triumph of the Cross Building Committee are working with our architects and an acoustical consulting firm to be sure the acoustics in our new cathedral support and enhance our prayer and worship. As people from the parishes we visited told us, having good sound and a clear sound system is a critical issue.

In the article about the survey, J. Michael McMahon, president of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (the group conducting the survey), when addressing one of the elements affecting congregational singing –  a “church building that makes singing a pleasure” – said:

“These are long range kinds of things, but when you’re building a church one would hope that acoustics would be a major consideration. Sad to say, that’s not taken into account by a lot of people when it comes to building a church.”

For us, the acoustics are a major consideration for Triumph of the Cross and we’re actively including sound in our design plans.

Hear here!

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Building on the Past

The latest issue of The Steubenville Register, our diocesan newspaper, includes two items related to Triumph of the Cross cathedral. One is an article by Msgr. John Michael Campbell, pastor of St. Mary Church in Marietta, Ohio, sharing his thoughts about the spirit and the people in the past who have built the diocese, and looks ahead to future generations. As part of his conclusion, he wrote:

I believe that we need Triumph of the Cross Cathedral because the people and priests of the Steubenville Diocese are proud of our past and look to the future. Sixty years ago, Bishop John King Mussio and the pioneers of our diocese brought these 13 counties together and built soething we are all proud of. In those days, there were nay sayers: “We don’t need another diocese in Ohio. They can never get the task done!” They were proved wrong.

I believe that we need Triumph of the Cross Cathedral because in 60 years future generations of Catholics will be thankful to God for our efforts, for the courage we had to step out in faith and build a beautiful cathedral – a living monument of our own faith.

The members of the Building Committee are actively praying and working together to help design and build a cathedral for prayer and worship, serving everyone in the diocese now and in the future.  

Building Committee Update from Fr. McGuire

The Building Committee has been hard at work continuing its planning for the building of our new parish church and cathedral.

You’re aware that the City Council rejected our request to reroute Garfield Avenue. Since that time, we have devised a new site plan with which we are very happy. It involves facing the front door of the church on Garfield and flipping the floor plan right to left. In other words, the bell tower and portico will be on the left as you face the church. Some of the advantages of this plan are that we will be able to place the building four feet higher on the hill and place the entrances even closer to the parking lots. The City Council may actually have helped us find an even better plan.

In the next eight to ten weeks we hope to finish our work on the design and engineering phase and put the project out for bid in early spring. Our hope is to be able to break ground around Pentecost. Construction would then continue through the summer of 2008.

Why is it taking so long? There have been elements of the process that have slowed us down. However, we are confident we will have a better building in the long run.

Fr. Tim McGuire, Pastor