History

On August 1, 1978, Father William J. Mitchell left Queen of Peace Parish to establish the new Parish of Holy Cross.

Eight acres of land were purchased at Power and Southern Roads. Architects were George Christensen and Associates. Porter Brothers Construction Company Mesa, was the builder of the 825 seat church.

Ground breaking ceremonies were held on September 14, 1980. Construction began on December 15, 1980 and work was completed November 15, 1981.

The first mass was celebrated on November 19, 1981. Dedication ceremonies took place on March 9, 1982 with Bishop Thomas O'Brien officiating.

Holy Cross Historical Timeline

  • September 13, 2005

    Parish celebrates 25th Anniversary of ground breaking.

  • March 9, 1982

    Dedication of the church by Bishop O'Brien.

  • November 19, 1981

    First masses in the new church are celebrated.

  • November 15, 1981

    Church, offices and Anderson Hall are completed.

  • March 7, 1981

    Church cornerstone is laid.

  • December 15, 1980

    Construction begins.

  • September 14, 1980

    Groundbreaking ceremonies are held on the Feast of the Holy Cross.

  • October 15, 1979

    Porter Brothers Construction Company of Mesa is awarded construction contract with a bid of $939,000.

  • May 10, 1979

    Bishop Rausch authorizes a ceiling of $1,167,000 for church construction.

  • March 12, 1979

    George Christensen & Associates of Phoenix are approved as architects for the new church.

  • August 27, 1978

    Parish Building Committee is formed.

  • August 17, 1978

    Eight acres at the Southwest corner of Power & Southern are purchased by the Diocese from Western Savings & Loan.

  • April 1, 1978

    Fr. William Mitchell, Pastor of Queen of Peace, leaves to establish Holy Cross.