Improvements Made At Several Devotional Sites

Posted by on December 12, 2016

shrine_reno1When the Church of Our Lady of the Snows was completed in 1990, it was a modern house of worship with inventive architecture.  Over the past 27 years it has maintained its grandeur and sophistication.  But inevitably, time takes its toll, especially on a building where nearly 200,000 people gather every year for Mass, liturgical celebrations and special events.

In recent months a number of improvements have been made to the Shrine Church that will improve the experience for pilgrims today and for many years to come.

A state-of-the-art sound system has been installed so that the faithful can participate more fully in liturgies and song.  Hearing-impaired guests now have access to assistive listening devices.

shrine_reno3The original pews, which were made of particle board and laminate, have been replaced with solid wood pews.  The sanctuary floor, which had become chipped and warped over the years, is currently being replaced.

A stunning crucifix now hangs near the lectern.  It is a replica of the Oblate Cross which serves as a constant reminder of the virtues of humility, patience, charity and modesty.

On the outside of the church, an 18-foot tall stainless steel cross has been installed.  It serves as a beacon to Shrine visitors who come seeking healing and hope in their lives.

With nearly all of the improvements to the Shrine Church now completed, renovation work is progressing at the Shrine Amphitheatre.  Renovations are currently being made to the Amphitheatre’s two indoor worship sites.

At the Santo Niño de Cebu Chapel, asbestos has already been removed.  The chapel is accessible through two sets of ornately etched bronze doors which are being cleaned and re-plated.

shrine_reno2The Christ the King Chapel, the center of private Eucharistic devotion at the Shrine, is getting a new roof.  A new portable sound system will be incorporated into the space so guests can hear the Word of God more clearly.

In the Spring outdoor improvements will take place at the Amphitheatre.  Repairs will be made to the seating which will be moved closer to the altar.  New pavement walkways will help persons with disabilities easily reach their destination.

Once the improvements are completed at the Shrine Amphitheatre, the focus of the Shrine Capital Campaign will shift to the renovation of the Outdoor Stations of the Cross.  The first phase will involve refurbishing the wooden structures that encase the Stations, which were built by Oblate seminarians in the 1950s.  Once this is completed the scenes will be repainted and repairs made to the statues.

“We were able to make all of these improvements because of the generosity of our benefactors like the Shrine Advocates,” said Fr. Tom Ovalle, O.M.I. Shrine Director.

To learn more about how you can take part in the Shrine Capital Campaign, call 1-800-233-6264.