Description of the Church
The exterior of the church was built of cottonwood limestone, which is native to Southeast Kansas. The layout and exterior design of the church formed a cross symbolic of the parish name and representative of Christ crucified.
A bell tower and steeple rises from the body of the church. The tower, measuring 100 feet from the floor of the church, is crowned by a steeple covered with duranodic finished aluminum. A gaelic cross sits atop the roof to the right of the steeple. It measures 8 feet high, 51/2 feet wide, and weighs approximately 4,000 pounds. The steeple and cross were assembled in Campbell. Kentucky
The striking impact of the church exterior is complemented by the subtle beauty of the interior. A total of 39 stained glass windows adorn the church. The largest is the Rose Window above the choir loft in the rear of the church; it measures 8 1/2 feet in diameter. The windows, produced by Willet Stained Glass Studios of Philadelphia, were begun in November of 1981 and were finally completed in July, 1983. The other windows commemorate Biblical characters and events of the Old and the New Testaments as well as the seven sacraments and the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The main altar, made of white Georgian marble, is graced by the simple lines of a wooden Crucified Christ. The crucifix is flanked by statues of the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph. These fixtures and the Stations of the Cross were hand carved and made of lindenwood, a tree native to Italy.
The interior arches of the church are constructed of laminated wood. The ceiling rises to a height of 40 feet at the base of the altar.
One of the features of the church provides for ample seating for the parish size. As many as 1,000 can be seated in the church. The interior of the church follows the design of a gaelic cross with part of the seating housed .in the north and the south transepts. The entire seating area is carpeted and the pews are padded. Special seating consideration was given to young children and their parents. The cry room is situated above the main floor level in the north transept. The room with its own sound system, allows children to become involved in the Mass.
Opposite this is the south transept, known as Our Lady's Chapel, stands a portable altar. It is used for private services and daily Mass.
Other features of the interior include a library area, a bride's room, a special confessional known as a Reconciliation Room, and an automatic music system.
The unique music system provides chimes daily as well as Sundays. The angelus sounds three times a day to remind listeners of God's presence. The bell and music system was provided by I. T. Verdin Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, a firm that has been in the field since 1842.
Music for the Mass and liturgy is provided by the new pipe organ produced for Holy Cross by the M.P. Moller Company of Hagerstown, Maryland, a hundred year old firm. The organ, composed of four components including the great organ, the swell organ, the choir organ, and the pedal organ, has a total of 1,445 pipes.
The lower level of the church houses a fully-equipped kitchen as well as offices and meeting rooms. The architect's designs allow for an elevator to be added to the church at a later date.
This magnificent structure embodied the dream of a parish family - a family which had its beginning over 25 years before.