Woodland’s Holy Rosary Church building sold – Daily Democrat

Holy Rosary Parish of Woodland recently announced that the Holy Rosary Church building and Walnut Street Parish Hall, as well as a small meeting hall, have been officially sold.

“This sale is the answer to my continued prayers for someone to purchase these buildings so that the parish can proceed with the construction of a new church, which will better meet the needs of our parish,” the father of the church said. Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Jonathan Molina.

Escrow for the church building closed on December 8, 2021.

Holy Rosary Parish was established in 1870 and has had four churches since, according to a church press release.

“For many years, Holy Rosary Parish has needed a new church building for several reasons,” the press release reads. “A larger church is needed to accommodate its current membership and its anticipated growth. Additionally, current maintenance and construction issues at Walnut Street Church are very costly and increasing.

Father Jonathan Molina distributes the ashes during an Ash Wednesday service at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. (Democratic Daily Archives)

The new church building is expected to be built on parish-owned land at the corner of Cross and California streets in Woodland. The hope with this location is that it will unify the parish campus by being adjacent to its school, community center and parish offices.

The church has also released an FAQ sheet explaining that the shortage of priests has also necessitated a reduction in the number of Masses and that larger congregations will need to be accommodated in the future to accommodate the fewer Masses.

Janet Ruggiero, chair of the Holy Rosary Parish building committee, said discussions for a new building have been ongoing since 2008.

“We had two priests here for a long time but we were doing a total of nine masses per weekend, which is really a lot for a parish of this size,” Ruggiero pointed out. “Most parishes don’t have that number of masses with two priests, so I think as the city grows, it’s recognized that this church won’t be big enough for the Catholic population to attend mass. “

She noted that there are no plans to recruit an additional priest, so the best solution is to build a bigger church that would accommodate more people. The current church — located at 301 Walnut St. in Woodland — can accommodate about 500 people and the proposed church will accommodate 1,000, according to Ruggiero.

Although the project site has been located, Ruggiero said the parish does not know when the church will be completed.

“The idea would be that in 2023 we would inaugurate the new church, but the exact date has not yet been determined,” she explained.

The last masses at the current church will take place this weekend.

“All masses will be held at the church this weekend knowing that it will be the last weekend for liturgical services at the church,” Ruggiero stressed.

For Mass times, go to Holyrosary.com/mass-times.

After this weekend, all Masses will be held at the parish community center until the new church is fully built.

“With COVID, we have held masses in the community center primarily because we can space out seating to accommodate our needs,” Ruggiero added. “So people are used to going to Mass there now.”

She said it made transitions easier since people are already used to attending mass somewhere other than the old church.

“I think it makes a major difference to drastically say we close the church or we go to the community center,” Ruggiero pointed out.

The building committee heard a huge cry from parishioners asking them to remove some items such as the stained glass windows from the church and move them to the new church facilities.

“We are removing all liturgical objects from the church and seeing how they can be reused or moved to the Holy Rosary campus site so that people feel a part of the church itself is with them,” he said. she pointed out.

The parish invites any comments or additional questions from the community to submit by email to newchurch@holyrosary.com.

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