The Holy Cross Catholic Church opened the church’s new centennial memorial garden on Friday ahead of a gathering of church members, as the church prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.
Holy Cross was founded and laid in 1921 on West Wood Street and had its dedication ceremony on June 18, 1922. The church was moved to 1210 E. Wood St. on December 8, 1968, where it has been located ever since.
The garden, currently a circular outline in the grass behind the church, will serve as a prayer space for members of the Holy Cross. The church hopes to have it fully completed by November 1.
The garden will contain a plaque commemorating the memory of the priests who served at Holy Cross, a plaque inscribed with the history of the parish of the church, an alley filled with cobblestones honoring the current and former commissioners of the church, and benches displaying the prayer of the rosary.
“One of the greatest prayers we can participate in is the rosary,” said Reverend Martin Orjianioke, the current priest of Holy Cross. “The garden will serve as a communion for the history of this church and for what is yet to come as we find ourselves in the middle of time.”
Holy Cross has a mass at 5 p.m. on Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday, as well as a mass in Spanish on Sunday at noon. The church runs various social ministries serving Paris, such as Meals for the Hungry and Student Financial Aid, as well as a fully licensed and state-accredited preschool program.