It's going to be an interesting year as all this takes place, but it will all be worth it. I wanted to share a few pictures form the ground breaking ceremony we went to yesterday.
First, a picture of the front of the Cathedral as it currently looks.
It was cold on Sunday! After mass we headed outside wondering if they were going to be using ice picks for the ground breaking. Did I mention it was cold? Snow was on the ground from Saturday and it was cloudy. As we gathered around we noticed four mounds of fresh dirt. So no ice picks needed, they just brought dirt in!
The ceremony started with a procession of the Knights of Columbus with the Bishop and our Rector following behind. And just as this all started happening the sun came out! How amazing is that?!
Everyone lined up behind the shovels or the podium and then remarks and the official blessing was done.
Finally, they did the actual "ground breaking" with the imported dirt.
So this will be the site of our new St. Kevin Perpetual Adoration Chapel. It will be so nice to have a real chapel for Adoration, rather than an old office in the school that only sits about 8 people comfortably, but you can squeeze in about a dozen if you really wanted to. The new Chapel will sit about 30 people, enough that a class from the school can go in there as well as a few other visitors.
I have a feeling by the time it is finished will be about the time that I will have to give up my regular adoration hour. My husband and I have different hours that we do and we've decided that once the babies come I'll have to give up mine, but we can either all go to his (maybe, it is 6am!) or I could go in his place if I need a break and some silence. So I'll still visit, I just probably won't be there weekly like I am now.
At the same time, the new Baptistry should also be finished!! I'm excited to think that our babies could potentially be baptized in the new baptistry shortly after it is finished. I have no idea what the actual timetables are, but the later phases of the overall project are supposed to start in the summer. That seems to imply that the first phases should be done or close to done by summer.
I love all these changes!!