Holy Name to stay closed as roof inspections go on

March 26, 2008 4:57:27 PM PDT
The closure of Holy Name Cathedral will be extended until further notice as investigation of the roof structure continues, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Wednesday.The cathedral has been closed since February after a piece of the decorative wooden ceiling fell to the floor. Engineers determined it was due to structural deficiencies in the 133-year-old building.

Engineers have assured administrators they will custom design solutions in a timely manner to any problems discovered, according to a release from the Archdiocese.

"Contact persons for special events at Holy Name Cathedral, as well as engaged couples preparing for marriage have been informed of the delay," Fr. Dan Mayall, parish pastor/rector, said in the release. "A member of our parish staff has been assigned to each wedding and event as a personal contact person."

Decisions about relocating events, including weddings, will be made on a month-to-month basis.

Regularly scheduled weekend Masses will continue to be conducted in the auditorium of the Parish Center. Daily masses will be offered in the Club Room on the lower level of the Parish Center. Baptisms and confessions will take place in other facilities on the campus, the release said.

The Parish Center and auditorium are accessible via the double doors at the north end of the parish courtyard on the north side of the cathedral. The courtyard can be entered from either State Street or Wabash Avenue between Chicago Avenue and Superior Street.

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