Holy Trinity Heritage Park Grand Opening Ceremonies - events rescheduled due to rain
Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Rectory building in 1975
Holy Trinity Church was built in 1852 and was the first Catholic Church in New Albany. Tragiclly the church was destroyed by fire on December 29, 1975. The archdiocese decided not to rebuild the church and Holy Trinity parishioners joined St. Mary's of the Annunciation and other Catholic churches located nearby. Members of the former parish allocated funds from the insurance settlement to create Holy Trinity Heritage Court in 1977, planting 150 trees on the lot to commemorate Holy Trinity's historical significance to Catholicism in Southern Indiana.
Unfortunately, the trees were dying and had to be cut down several years later. Bricks, stones and the bronze bells from the church remained, and the lot was maintained by St. Mary's for many years until recently. If you have driven by, you may have noticed that many changes have taken place over the last several month to the site. St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities, with offices in the former Holy Trinity Rectory, was to honor and preserve the history of New Albany's first Catholic Church.
In the spring of 2017, work began on Holy Trinity Heritage Park to preserve meaningful and treasured elements of the original church while creating a beautiful, usable green space for our residents and the entire community to enjoy. Many of the original stones from the church have been re-purposed to create benches and a new sign in front of St. Elizabeth's agency offices. A water feature with a bronze sculpture, artwork with refurbished stained glass pieces that survived the fire and prominent placement of the iconic bronze bells that cracked and fell from the steeple during the blaze are among the highlights.
Walkways were installed and more than 1000 flowers, trees and shrubs were planted along the paths creating a living foundation, marking the location where the walls of the Holy Trinity Church formerly rested. Railings were placed in five spots surrounding the grounds and a ramp from the 7th Street side of the former rectory building makes the park easily accessible for wheelchairs and strollers as well.
Please join us for the Grand Opening of Holy Trinity Heritage Park
- Special Outdoor Mass on Wednesday, September 20th at 6:00 PM
- Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, September 27th at noon
This event is open to the public. (It is recommended that you bring lawn chairs or blankets as mass will be held in an open area without seating.)
Give for Good Louisville
Date: Thursday, September 14th
Time: 12am to 12pm
Place: online giving at https://www.giveforgoodlouisville.org/organizations/st-elizabeth-catholic-charities
St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities is participating in the area’s biggest day of local online giving! Give for Good Louisville, formerly Give Local Louisville, will take place on Thursday, September 14. Supporters and fans of St. Elizabeth’s can make a donation on September 14th and this year you have the opportunity to become a fundraiser for us by participating in our crowd-funding campaign. We will create your own online campaign and then you simply set a goal and push it out on social media. If you are interested, please email Nicole Cardwell at email@example.com. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the event!
Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Time: 5:30 to 10pm
Place: Huber's Orchard and Winery
The Reverse Raffle is an annual event that brings together the community where there are gmes, friends and great food. For those interested, Reverse Raffle Chances are now on sale for $25, $50 and $100. Please call 812-949-7305 to reserve yours before they are SOLD OUT!