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‘We are God’s building’

Holy Trinity Catholic Church unveiled, blessed

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson
Bishop R. Walker Nickless, of the Diocese of Sioux City, blesses Holy Trinity Catholic Church with holy water Saturday evening during the dedication Mass for the new church.

As hundreds gathered inside the new state-of-the-art Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Saturday for the first time, many gazed at the stained glass rose window from the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the crucifix from Corpus Christi Catholic Church set against brand new wood walls and stone columns.

And while Bishop R. Walker Nickless, of the Diocese of Sioux City, certainly appreciated the beauty of the new church, he reminded those in attendance that it’s about the people inside of the building.

“We are God’s building,” Nickless said during the dedication Mass.

During the special ceremony, a standing ovation was given for Monsignor Kevin McCoy, of Holy Trinity Parish of Webster County.

Construction on the new church began a little more than two years ago. But the plans have been more than 10 years in the making.

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson
Monsignor Kevin McCoy, seated, receives a standing ovation during the dedication Mass for the new Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Saturday evening.

In 2008, when the parish reduced from four to three priests spread among its various worship sites, the vision of having a single worship site was born.

The need for a single worship site came from a variety of reasons, McCoy said previously.

“The existing worship sites weren’t meeting our needs,” he said.

The buildings were aging and weren’t handicap accessible, the number of priests available were declining and the parish’s demographics were shifting.

The location of the church was also a focal point as it is adjacent to both the Marian Home and St. Edmond Catholic School.

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

Religious items and other artifacts from many of the 12 original Catholic churches across Webster County are included in this new church site, which is about 27,000 square feet.

The 100-year-old pew ends from Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the stained glass rose window from Sacred Heart are two notable carryovers. A large wooden crucifix and wood carved stations of the cross from Corpus Christi are among other items.

The main church can seat up to 1,000 worshippers.

The site also includes a day chapel, a narthex, a meeting room, several restrooms including a family restroom, confessionals and more. The entire building is ADA accessible, with just two steps in the center of the sanctuary.

All liturgical worship (Mass, sacraments, prayer services such as Holy Hours and Adoration) will take place in the new church or chapel.

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson
Hundreds of parishioners gather for the dedication Mass for Holy Trinity Catholic Church Saturday evening.

The conference room will be utilized for meetings and faith formation opportunities.


Passing the torch

to the next generation

Here is a list of items incorporated at the new Holy Trinity Catholic Church:

Corpus Christi: altar, ambo (a platform for reading the lessons), tabernacle, Mary and Joseph statues (originally from Barnum) for day chapel, stations of the cross for new church, vestments, linens, various candle sticks, music stands, votive candle stands, AED, etc., stained glass tester from the CC sanctuary for eventual placement over the new baptismal font, various stands, tables, sanctuary lamp and sacred vessels.

Sacred Heart: clerestory and rose stained glass windows, pew ends, ambo, altar mensa (2), tabernacle, Mary and Joseph statues, votive candle stands, chairs from St. Theresa chapel and crucifix, various tables, stands, vestments, chapel piano for day chapel, sanctuary lamps and sacred vessels, the red bricks in front of SH are intended to be used near the statue of the Sacred Heart as pavers in an area outside of the new church

St. Matthew: piano to St. Edmond school, some statuary to St. Edmond school, sacred vessels and vestments, various candle sticks.

Christ the King: processional cross to Marian Home chapel, crucifix and Eucharistic symbol wall hanging for use in new building, Stations of the Cross used in chapel.

Duncombe: The wooden sedilia (priest and altar server bench) from St. Joseph, Duncombe is being refurbished for use in the Narthex.

Other items that have been utilized from Holy Rosary:

Holy Rosary pews were repurposed for St. Edmond chapel and the Marian Home chapel; the tabernacle is what is in St. Theresa chapel; stations are in St. Edmond Auditorium.

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