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CHRIST CATHEDRAL CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

As the scaffolding comes down, the stone and tile is being laid and the installation of the quatrefoils is nearly complete

By Douglas Morino     9/11/2018

Construction continues to move forward at Christ Cathedral, the spiritual home of the Diocese of Orange.  

Recent updates include the cutting and installation of sheets of white stone, recently imported from quarries near Verona, Italy.  

“This is a major milestone,” said Construction Manager Eric Flynn.  

Carnevale & Lohr, the firm overseeing the stonework at Christ Cathedral, recently installed marble at the Hearst Castle’s famed Neptune Pool.  

The historic project to renovate Christ Cathedral into a Catholic house of worship remains on schedule and on budget. Christ Cathedral will be dedicated on July 17, 2019.  

Recent updates include: 

  • Scaffolding that was erected so that construction teams could install quatrefoils panels along the cathedral’s ceiling and walls is now being dismantled. The quatrefoil panels will help provide shade, reduce glare and improve acoustics.
  • Steel for the baldachin, which will hang above the altar, has been brought into the cathedral.
  • Structural steel has been put in place for the Baptistery Chapel, and wood framing for the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is nearly complete.
  • The console for the Hazel Wright organ has been brought inside the cathedral and is ready for installation.
  • Just outside the cathedral, demolition work continues to the north and south. Utility lines, including sewer and electrical, are being installed, along with landscaping for the cathedral’s outdoor plazas. The future site of the Our Lady of La Vang Shrine is being prepped for construction.
  • A new street entrance to the campus on Lewis Street has been completed.
  • In the undercroft, completed drywall now lines hallways and rooms. Painting has started and electrical wiring is being put in place.

6 Responses to “CHRIST CATHEDRAL CONSTRUCTION UPDATE”

  1. SUSAN LIBERTO

    TABERNACLE MUST BE CENTER FRONT ON THE ALTAR!!!!! OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IS THE CENTER OF OUR FAITH!!!!

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  2. Joan ingram

    I thoroughly agree that the Tabernacle should be in the center of the altar. If you want a separate Blessed Sacrament Chapel that’s ok, but we still need the main tabernacle center stage. The Eucharist is what we believe and to hide it makes our new cathedral like any other Protestant Church.

    The Tabernacle would bring back the reverence we’re missing in our churches. We need this more now than ever given the crisis in the Church.

    A move to the center of the Cathedral would be an example for all other parishes. I pray you take this message under serious consideration.

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    • Thomas Spacht

      Contrary to these statements the current Code of Canon Law requires the Most Holy Eucharist to be reserved in a place specially made for it which is to be decorated, conspicuous….etc. Normally this is interpreted to mean a place other than the altar, especially a free standing altar. Sometimes in older churches where the tabernacle was in or above the high altar that position is retained today. However, even earlier a special Blessed Sacrament chapel was not uncommon, especially in cathedrals, as for example, the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen built in 1959.

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  3. Daniel Muller

    Of course the tabernacle should be most prominent. Otherwise, the message is that the Blessed Sacrament is of no importance to Christians.

    The cathedral should also be suitable for ad orientem worship as expected by the current (2003) and previous missals.

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  4. Thomas Spacht

    Typically cathedrals do not have a tabernacle on the main altar. The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore was built in 1959 long before Vatican II and never had a tabernacle on the high altar; instead, there has always been a Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Cathedrals differ from parish churches in this respect as a rule.

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