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||Julie Haro Grenier
||Sugar Land, Texas
|St. Frances Cabrini Church 5500 Paris Avenue
||My attachment to Cabrini Church is very strong. My husband and I attended Cabrini from K - 6th and 7th. Both of us received our First Communion there, were confirmed there, married there, as were my brother and sister, too. Both of my children were baptized there and also made the First Communion there. My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary there. My husband's mother played the organ there for over 25 years.
I remember the night that the old church burned. I recall standing there with my parents and brother watching the huge flames. Later, I remember my father going door to door in the neighborhood asking for pledges for the Building Fund for the new church.
My sister's wedding, in June of 1963, was one of the first weddings in the church. The stained glass windows were not even in place yet. I remember when the marble altar was finally delivered, the adults joked about it looking like a bathtub.
I can go on and on about my family ties to the church and parish. We still lived in the parish pre-Katrina on the corner of St. Bernard Ave and Crescent St. Due to the flooding, we have relocated to Sugar Land, Texas (Houston).
Our neighborhood is so fortunate to have a fine institution such as Holy Cross wanting to build and hopefully revitalize the area! My son was in the last class to graduate from Holy Cross (2005) pre-Katrina. I know first-hand what Holy Cross is about. Holy Cross will be a good neighbor, as it has been in the 9th Ward for so many years.
Our area can only benefit by having Holy Cross there. If that means tearing down the church, THEN TEAR DOWN THE CHURCH!!!!!! The presence of Holy Cross is much more important than the non-historic shell that is left of the church. Change is hard, but Katrina has changed all of our lives, and so we must go on.
"Welcome to our neighborhood Holy Cross!"