Holy Trinity renovates church inside and out

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Written by LAURIE STEVENS BERTKE, Chronicle Writer   
Thursday, 06 September 2012 04:01
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ASSUMPTION—From polishing candlesticks to refurbishing the baptismal font, the pastor of Assumption Holy Trinity says “everybody pitched in” to help with renovations to the church earlier this year.

Father Ronald Schock says parishioners of Assumption Holy Trinity voted on the new color scheme for the church, which features light blue walls with dark blue and gold accents. (Chronicle photo by Laurie Stevens Bertke)
Father Ronald Schock says parishioners of Assumption Holy Trinity voted on the new color scheme for the church, which features light blue walls with dark blue and gold accents. (Chronicle photo by Laurie Stevens Bertke)

Major improvements included interior and exterior painting, repairs to the brickwork, new carpeting, lighting, storm windows and and the installation of a new sound system.

Father Ronald Schock notes that parishioners voted on the color scheme, which features light blue walls with dark blue and gold accents. “It really makes the wood pop,” he says.

An ancient symbol of the Holy Trinity incorporated into the design and an icon of the Holy Trinity displayed in the sanctuary also reinforce the identity of the consolidated parish that makes its home in the former St. Mary Church.

“Some of the parishioners commented, now it feels more like Holy Trinity,” says Fr. Schock.

The rural parish was established with the merger of Marygrove Immaculate Conception, Assumption St. Mary and Richfield Center St. Elizabeth of Hungary in 2003. Lyons Our Lady of Fatima was added in 2004.

The Fulton County parish encompasses 225 square miles, according to Fr. Schock.

More seating was needed in the church, so the sanctuary steps were shortened and the organ and piano were moved from the ground level to the choir loft, freeing up space for an additional 50 seats.

As part of the renovation of Assumption Holy Trinity, parishioner Dave Sharple crafted new chairs for the presider, deacon and altar servers. The scrollwork reflects the same design found throughout the sanctuary. (Chronicle photo by Laurie Stevens Bertke)
As part of the renovation of Assumption Holy Trinity, parishioner Dave Sharple crafted new chairs for the presider, deacon and altar servers. The scrollwork reflects the same design found throughout the sanctuary. (Chronicle photo by Laurie Stevens Bertke)

Old pews were lengthened and new ones were built by Dave Sharples, a parishioner who also crafted new chairs for the presider, deacon and altar servers. Fr. Schock notes Mr. Sharples carved the scrollwork on the chairs to reflect the same design found throughout the sanctuary.

The renovation included numerous other minor touches to spruce up the church, which was built in 1888 and last renovated in 1988. Whitewashed statues were restored to their original style and the Stations of the Cross were repaired, cleaned and repainted.

Two angel statues that had been removed from the church years ago and stored in a private home were also restored after the parishioner donated them back.

Another improvement was the installation of air conditioning to make Sunday worship more comfortable during the warmer months of the year.

Members of the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Order of Foresters also put on a fundraiser to pay for the installation of a telecoil system to benefit those using hearing assistance devices. When switched on, the system broadcasts audio directly into those devices. “They can hear so much more clearly,” says Fr. Schock. “So that’s been such a blessing.”

Denver Mossing, business manager, says the parish spent about $240,000 altogether on the interior and exterior improvements. The money was raised through a capital campaign to renovate the church and reduce the debt on Holy Trinity School.

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