Parishioners to celebrate renovation at Holy Ghost
Parishioners at Holy Ghost Church in Omaha invite the public to attend the Oct. 23 celebration of the completion of their church's $250,000 renovation project.
Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss will preside at a 10 a.m. Mass at Holy Ghost Church, 5219 S. 53rd St., and will be joined by Father Gregory Benkowski, pastor of Holy Ghost, and former pastors of the parish. A dinner will follow. The renovation of Holy Ghost Church began four years ago under the direction of Father Benkowski. The completed project includes a new wiring system and sound system and a complete redesign of the interior of the church.
The marble altar, tabernacle stand, ambo and baptismal font were fashioned from the Italian marble that had been imported and installed in the original church built by the Augustinians in 1950. New colors and stencils were painted on the walls and the pews have been refurbished by parishioners. The old confessionals have been torn out and a grotto to Our Lady of Fatima now stands in the back of the church. The statues and Stations of the Cross were also restored and painted.
Much of the money for the renovation project came from parishioners and those who live in the neighborhood, Father Benkowski said.
'It touched me to see people so committed to making the church beautiful, like it was their second home," he said, noting the generosity of so many who made the project possible. 'It was a community effort."