The Beautiful Church in the Grove
In1893, Holy Family Parish was formed and French founded. The present church, however, was built as the years progressed. It wasn't until October 8, 1916 that the cournerstone for this church was laid and work started in the design of an early Roman Chrisitian Basilica style of architecture by Brielmeir & Sons of Chicago. Progress came to a halt when the United States entered World War I.
Finally, on Memorial Day in 1924, the church was dedicated.
Each side altar forms a pedestal for the statues; one, the Mother of Grace, the other, Saint Joseph with the Child Jesus.
These two pieces of marble are the work of Julio Pasquini, an eminent sculptor of Pietrasanta.
Historical Artwork of Holy Family
Painting of the Holy Family in the dome above the altar.
Plaques of the 12 Apostles encompass the interior of the church.
Stations of the Cross
(click in the lower right hand corner of each picture to view a larger image)
On June 10, 1962, three new bronze bells, electronically operated, were blessed by Bishop Stephen Woznicki and placed in the bell tower.
To hear the sounds of Holy Family's bells, please click on this link: http://tinyurl.com/2baruoz
The pipe organ was a gift to the church from A.T. Ferrel. A contract for installation was signed in July of 1929. This organ contains about 2,500 pipes.
The Pieta, by Michelangelo, is located on the south-side of the church. It is the fifth one of 12 reproductions cast from a mold duplicating the original inside Saint Peter Church in Vatican City. In 1983, The Pieta was dedicated as part of this church's 90th anniversary clelebration.