||He said if the deal is approved, Holy Cross plans to build in short order two classroom buildings and a gymnasium, WHICH COULD DOUBLE AS A NEW CHURCH FOR CABRINI PARISHIONERS.
In a novel arrangement, the school and archdiocese later would SHARE THE COST OF BUILDING A PERMANENT CHURCH that would double as a performing arts center for the school, Chauvin said. Although Catholic, Holy Cross is a private, independent school. Its offer to HELP BUILD A PARISH CHURCH is unusual.
"We're living in post-Katrina times" that call on the archdiocese to be flexible and entertain once unorthodox partnerships, Maestri said.
The proposal would give the archdiocese an economical way to RESTORE CATHOLIC WORSHIP in the now-dormant parish. More important, Maestri said, A FUNCTIONING CHURCH and school near Paris and Prentiss avenues could anchor the neighborhood and spark a revitalization there.
For its part, HOLY CROSS IS INTERESTED IN HELPING UNDERWRITE A NEW CABRINI CHURCH AND SUSTAINING THE PARISH AS A MAGNET for returning families who might supply new Holy Cross students in grades five through high school, Chauvin said.