December 19, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – The doors of a new diocesan cathedral and Catholic Pastoral Centre will open this week in Saskatoon.

The Cathedral of the Holy Family has been under construction in northeast Saskatoon since the fall of 2009.

Although work will continue on portions of the interior, the worship space and office areas are substantially complete. The new building also includes two smaller chapels, a hall, meeting areas, pastor's residence and a resource library.

Holy Family Parish will celebrate its first Sunday Eucharist in the new building Dec. 18, led by pastor Father David Tumback, with parishioners also looking forward to celebrating Christmas in the much-needed larger space.

The new Cathedral of the Holy Family will become the seat of the bishop, with diocesan celebrations of transition planned for both the existing and the new cathedral: Dec. 31 at the downtown St. Paul's Cathedral and Jan. 1 at the new building.

In recognition of its historic status, St. Paul's has been designated a co-cathedral and will continue to serve a vibrant downtown parish community.

The formal blessing of the new cathedral is set for May 13, with a number of events planned that week to celebrate the dedication.

The Catholic Pastoral Centre is home to the bishop's office, chancery office, marriage tribunal, and diocesan ministry offices that provide a range of programs. It will also soon house diocesan archives.

Funds for constructing and equipping the $28.5-million project were raised over several years by Holy Family Parish, as well as through a diocesan capital campaign.

Fundraising continues for some of the building's features, including the solar stained glass windows in the spire (with the help of Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus), as well as for the non-solar stained glass artwork in the sanctuary. There are also plans to raise funds to install a pipe organ in the worship space.