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This week’s edition of the Denver Catholic Register has a color photo of our altar on the front, and a nice article with a black and white photo on page 5. Here’s our version of roughly the same image in color:

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Here is an excerpt from the DCR article:

Holy Trinity Church unveils new worship space

By John Gleason

Last month, parishioners at Holy Trinity Parish in Westminster marked the completion of a $2.6 million remodel of their worship space.  The newly renovated church, located at 7597 Federal Blvd. in Westminster, was celebrated in a series of thanksgiving Masses and receptions on May 15-16.

Founded in 1948, this was the first time the church proper had undergone any remodeling, according to Holy Trinity pastor Father John Hilton.

“Oh we’ve rearranged the furniture a few times,” he said with a chuckle, “but this is the first major renovation that’s been done to the church.”

Prior to the remodeling of the worship area, Holy Trinity Parish built a multi-purpose parish hall in 2007 which can be used as a meeting hall, socialization area and gymnasium. The following year, the parish renovated their adoration chapel.

In the last decade, Holy Trinity has seen its population more than double.  Today 2,600 families attend Mass there, so an increase in the size of the worship space was of primary importance.

To do this, part of the existing west wall was knocked down and other walls were extended to increase the size from 7,000 to 9,000 square feet, allowing for more pews on the main floor and another 40 added to the choir loft.

Confessionals near the altar were removed allowing for the addition of new windows to provide more natural light to the area.  The confessionals were relocated at the rear of the church. A bell tower was also added.

Integration Design Group was the architect of the project; construction was handled by R.N. Fenton and Company of Denver.

See the whole article here:
http://www.archden.org/index.cfm/ID/4018

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In today’s bulletin, Father Hilton writes:

Does it seem like a long time since we started the renovation of our church? I know that many of us, from the Design Committee to the Finance Council, from our Architect to our dedicated staff, and all those who were involved in the planning and executing this project put forth the best of our efforts and energies. All of us were determined to use our gifts of generosity for the greatest honor of God and to provide future generations of parishioners with a beautiful place in which to worship. We hope that, when you walk into your new church, you will feel that we have achieved our goal, because during all the planning and executing stages we had you, as well as our Lord, in mind.

Traditionally, our Catholic churches have been designed as places of peaceful beauty for two reasons: First, because we instinctively know that God is the Creator of all that is beautiful and, as King David so many centuries ago, we want to honor Him by making for Him a home that is worthy of Him. Second: because when we gather in a beautiful place our minds turn more easily towards God, who is Beauty Himself. Many of our adorers, for instance, tell me that they find rest and gather strength every time they visit the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel: that was our goal, and it has been our goal as we planned, designed and transformed the church. I encourage you to look around, observe all the details, and tell me whether you agree that we have achieved our goal.

You will also notice that we have tried to make the space as comfortable as possible for you: the pews are a little farther apart, so those with long legs will not “bump” in the kneeler behind them. If you pardon me for saying it, I think that the Choir loft not only is beautiful, but it does more justice to the voices of our choir members. How about our confessionals? They are elegant, but more importantly, they will give greater privacy to everyone and the sound-proof wall coverings will make sure that no whisper can be heard outside. We gave special attention to our Marian Chapel, where our beautifully restored statue of the Blessed Virgin finds her home. The raised ceiling, the “clerestory,” with high windows give us more light and greater height. The best part, of course, is our Sanctuary, our new altar area. It is difficult to be distracted during Mass when our eyes are attracted to the exquisite work that required the greatest amount of thought and skill in execution.

Of course, the fact that we now have air conditioning for the Summer will make everyone more comfortable.

I pray that you are thrilled with how our renovated church has turned out. More importantly, I pray that our new church will be a rich source of blessing for you, your children and grandchildren. I again thank you for your generosity and sacrifice, which made all this possible, and I know that those parishioners who will come to the Holy Mass in the future will thank you, just as we thank those who fifty years ago first built the Parish of Holy Trinity that we love. God’s blessings upon you and your family!

Fr. John Hilton and Fr. Carlos Bello

Editor’s note: Click the embedded links for more about Holy Trinity Parish in Westminster and this remodeling project. Thank you to Allan Eckert, Dave Koski and Nancy Thompson for the images.

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On 1 October 2008, this blog posted PDF files of the design proposal discussed at the “Thank You” dinner earlier that week. You can find the description and the original images here: https://2008remodel.wordpress.com/2008/10/01/on-line-folder/

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This Blog is 2 Years Old!

The Holy Trinity Catholic Church Renovation Project blog started on 16 March 2008, which makes this past week our two year anniversary. This blog has been a learning experience for the authors, and hopefully we have provided some insight into the project for parishioners and the general public. Thank you to Father John Hilton for the chance to present this, and for his continued support. Thank you also to our contributors and commentators. To echo what we said in our 1 year anniversary post, “It has been a good year. Here’s to a great year 3”.

Before we start some naval gazing, we mention that comments are always welcome.

Statistics:

Your authors are self-admitted stats geeks, and WordPress gives us lots of tools to measure our results. As of today, the blog has 248 posts, and 115 comments. We average about 200 people per day dropping by to visit. The busiest day on record was 28 September 2009, with 649 visitors. The busiest month was November 2009, with 7,861 visits.

Top Pages

After the home page, the top 10 pages in the last two years, based on number of views, are:

# Page Views
1. The Holy Trinity by El Greco 18,922
2. The Coronation of the Virgin by El Greco 17,134
3. Architecture 101: Inside your Church 11,812
4. The Holy Trinity by van Balen 10,787
5. The Holy Trinity by Tiepolo 7,122
6. Madonna and Child by Botticelli 4,224
7. Architecture 101: Romanesque, Sant’Ambrosio 3,592
8. Houston’s New Co-cathedral 3,477
9. Adoration of the Trinity by Dürer 3,403
10. JPII on Images of the Mother of God 2,941

Two page with the lowest total visits (1) are Construction: West Exterior on 9 September and Nave on 4-MAR.

Search Engine Terms

The following table documents which words or phrases our visitors used in a search engine to find.

# Search Engine Term Views
1. el greco 20,704
2. holy trinity 6,007
3. trinity 4,843
4. el greco paintings 4,493
5. botticelli 3,297
6. parts of a church 3,250
7. tiepolo 2,230
8. the holy trinity 1,534
9. giovanni battista tiepolo 1,017
10. inside a church 746

This suggests that many visitors come here to find paintings and the works of artists, especially those featuring the Holy Trinity. We hope those who found us for the paintings have stayed to learn more about our project.

Curiously, #13 on the list of most popular search engine terms is “Dominican Jokes“.

Referring Sites

The statistics on the sites pointing to us are not as clear, because different URLs from the same site may show in different places. Each search engine page has a unique identifier. In aggregate, the main non-search engine pointers are:

# Referrer Views
1. htcatholic.org 476
2. newadvent.org 390
3. custosfidei.blogspot.com 40
4. asksistermarymartha.blogspot.com 17
5. dominicanfriars.org 16
Referrer

We’re all looking forward to the opening of our church. Hopefully, this blog has helped document the many steps to get there.

Comments welcome!

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Open House 14-15 November

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At tonight’s building committee meeting, we found out that the open house has been delayed for one week due to the recent snow.

Stand by for more details.

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During tonight’s Committee Meeting, Father Hilton made this statement:

“The City of Westminster has been wonderful to work with.”

Adam agreed!

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Happy Anniversary 16 March

This blog started exactly one year ago on 16 March 2008. The first two posts are:

  1. Mission and Vision
  2. Now: How we look today

So far, this blog has had 50,549 views (as of 9:25PM tonight.) We’re averaging over4000 hits per month for the last three months. A lot of people come to see El Greco and the Holy Trinity. Hopefully others want to learn about our project.

It has been a good first year. Here’s to a great year 2!

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