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Year for Priests Talks – Audio Online

Recordings of the of the talks on the Priesthood and Ordained Ministry which were presented in early 2010 are available at the Triumph of the Cross Parish website. Our thanks to Bernie Stetson and Catholics United for the Faith for recording the talks. Whether you missed one or more of the talks, or want to listen to them again, listening to them is very rewarding.

Website Update: The Year for Priests

I’ve just posted the 2009-2010 Sacrament application forms on the Parish website. You’ll find links to them by slecting the “Sacraments” tab then the Sacrament name from the pull-down menu. You’ll find that the same application form is used for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation.

The website’s homepage now includes a Prayer for Priests as we begin this special Year for Priests announced by Pope Benedict XVI. I hope you’ll join me in praying not only for all priests, but especially for our parish priests, Fr. Nau and Fr. Mark Moore.

Jim Coyle

Prayers, Music and Blessing of the Cornerstone

Thursday and Friday, September 13 and 14, 2007, brought special times of prayer and celebration as we move forward toward the building and dedication of Triumph of the Cross Church and Cathedral in Steubenville.

“Triumph of the Cross: A Prayerful Concert Celebration” was held Thursday evening at Holy Name Cathedral. Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, Fr. Tim McGuire, pastor of Triumph of the Cross parish, and Dick Adams, head of the Steubenville Task Force Implementation Team, opened the evening with prayer and Scripture readings.

Dana - September 13, 2007

Music celebrating the sanctity of life, joy and our life together as members of the Church was performed and led first by Irish Catholic recording artist Dana and then Steubenville’s Unity award-winning David Vogel Band.

David Vogel - September 13, 2007

We enjoyed the evening’s heart-felt music and stories about many of the songs.

Triumph of the Cross Cornerstone

September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, is the feast day of Triumph of the Cross parish and cathedral. At 4:00 pm that day, Cardinal Francis Arinze presided at the Blessing of the Cathedral Foundation Stone – the cornerstone – at the site of the new cathedral. His Eminence, a member of the Roman Catholic Curia at the Vatican, is the Prefect of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Our Bishop, R. Daniel Conlon, three other bishops and several hundred people gathered from Steubenville and other parts of the Diocese of Steubenville, including people who travelled by bus from Marietta, Ohio. The Scripture readings were about building and the significance of the Cornerstone.

Cardinal Francis Arinze

In his homily, Cardinal Arinze’s spoke about the importance of a church, and especially the cathedral, in the life of Catholics, saying that “the church building is for the gathering of the people of God.”

“There is particular significance of the cathedral of the diocese of the church. The cathedral church of the diocese is the mother of all other churches in a diocese.”  – Cardinal Arinze

He concluded by saying, “A cathedral is not built in a day. But we pray it won’t be too many days before another gathering when we celebrate the dedication of the new church.”

Bishop Conlon Blessing Cornerstone

Bishop Conlon then blessed the Foundation Stone, after which members of parishes that are coming together to form Triumph of the Cross Parish led the people in prayers of Intercession. The service concluded with a blessing by Cardinal Arinze.

Music was provided by the Steubenville Catholic Central High School and the St. John Central High School Marching Bands, the Schola Contorum Franciscana of Franciscan University of Steubenville and Choral Members representing the parishes comprising Triumph of the Cross Parish.

Marking Cathedral Outline and Altar Location

At the site, the outline of the cathedral was marked by stakes and colored tape, with a Cross standing where the main altar will be located.

Building Committee Progress Report and Upcoming Special Events

Although we haven’t been meeting every week because of members’ summer vacations and projects, the Building Committee and the architects continue to develop the detailed plans and documents to bring our new church closer to construction. At our meeting next Monday, we hope to finalize many details about the interior of Triumph of the Cross. Our efforts on behalf of our fellow parishioners are centered on gathering as a living, prayerful community of Catholics to worship and celebrate the Eucharist at Mass and other liturgical celebrations. Although the project has been delayed a bit because of fundraising challenges, we pray and look forward with anticipation to celebrating Mass together in our new church.

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Our requests for several zoning variances for the church were granted by the City of Steubenville’s Zoning Appeals Board on July 30. After the Board hearing, a local resident challenged one aspect of the site plan. On August 14, Steubenville City Council Council voted to dismiss the objection to variances granted to the design plans for the proposed Triumph of the Cross Cathedral. All in all, we’re moving ahead well.

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Finally, as you’ll see in the next Parish Bulletin, also available online August 19, special celebrations are planned for the evening Vigil of the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross and the day itself – our parish Feast Day. Thursday evening, September 13, a special evening of prayer and song will be presented by Triumph of the Cross Parish. Our special musical guests will be David Vogel and Dana. The next day, the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross, Francis Cardinal Arinze, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, will bless the cornerstone for Triumph of the Cross during a special ceremony at the cathedral site. More details will be published in upcoming Parish Bulletins, and we hope you’ll join us for these special events in the history of Triumph of the Cross and the City and the Diocese of Steubenville.

Architects’ Initial Computer Renderings and More in New Gallery on Website

First Computer Rendering from Architects

We’ve been making steady progress on the design specifications for Triumph of the Cross cathedral, even though there hasn’t been much to share here on the blog. And on June 16, 2007, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Bishop R. Daniel Conlon was the main celebrant at a special Feast Day Mass at Holy Rosary church, followed by a procession to the nearby site where the cathedral will be built. With several hundred people joining in prayer, Bishop Conlon blessed the site.

As soon as you’ve read this, take a look at our new Online Gallery at the Triumph of the Cross website. You’ll find photos of the site blessing, several new sketches and floor plans, and the first computer renderings from the architects. They look wonderful! The buidling committee will be using computer renderings to help select exterior brick colors and treatment for the cathedral.

Thanks for stopping by here, and check out the Online Gallery and Cathedral Parish Website.

Parish Visits on Holy Thursday Evening

The Triumph of the Cross Building Committee wishes to extend an invitation for you to join them in visiting all our parishes Holy Thursday evening. It’s been a long-held custom to move from church to church during the period of adoration (Garden of Gethsemani) after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Our Building Committee sees this as an expression of solidarity among us and a demonstration of our genuine communion in the Body of Christ. In all the parishes the Mass begins at 7:00 pm, and the adoration follows Mass until the following hour:

  • Holy Name and St. Anthony (at Holy Name) until 11:00 pm
  • Holy Rosary until midnight
  • Servants of Christ the King (at St. Anthony) until 10:30 pm
  • St. Pius X until 11:00 pm
  • St. Stanislaus (at St. Peter) until midnight

Parish Mission

Begin your spiritual journey through Lent by joining us for a parish mission during the first week of Lent. We will meet each evening for about an hour and half, from Monday, March 6th through Thursday, March 9th, for a Mass at 7:00 pm. The Mass will include a special Lenten sermon. The location will be Holy Rosary (chosen for its centrality and parking). The mission is especially for the future parishioners of Triumph of the Cross, but all Catholics of the city are invited to join us. The theme of the mission will be “Seeking God’s Triumph in Our Lives.”

A parish mission is a special time in the life of a parish when all its parishioners are called together to be renewed in prayer and faith. For those who are open to God’s grace it can be a powerful, life-transforming event. What a great way to begin the season of Lent!

Fr. Mcguire

Parish Lenten Mission March 6-9, 2006

Join us for a Parish Mission for Triumph of the Cross parishioners Monday, March 6 through Thursday, March 9. The Mission will be conducted at Holy Rosary church and will include Mass each evening beginning at 7:00 pm with Fr. Timothy McGuire as the presider and homilist. We hope that many members of the parishes forming Triumph of the Cross will attend, get to meet one another, and join in worship together. Members of other parishes and guests are, of course, also welcome to join us.