|YOUR PERSONAL TOUR OF HOLY FAMILY CHURCH
Holy Family Catholic Church is not the name of a building. Holy Family Catholic Church is us - all of us, parishioners, part-time parishioners and visitors. We are folks sharing a living experience of unity with Christ in the organization which He established. We have made an imprint on our campus and would like to share some interesting details with you in the following pages.
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|1. OUR HISTORY
|At the invitation of local businessmen, Father John Siminon came to the island to celebrate Mass at the Hilton Head Inn. It was late spring of 1961 and the island was in its infancy.
Ten years later, the current location of Holy Family Church was donated by the Fraser family. In February of 1973, the original Holy Family Church was dedicated.
|2. THE NEW CHURCH – 1988
|Crowds could not be accommodated in the original church, so in 1985 planning began for a new Church; the current structure was completed in 1988 under the direction of the pastor, Father Philip A. Hamilton.
On this tour we will start with the campus of Holy Family and then move inside the church.
|3. CAMPUS ENTRANCE
|As you approach from Pope Avenue, note the copper depiction of the Holy Family by sculptor Wayne Edwards. The inscription on the marble tablet is quite thoughtful. The final lines read: “Sharing their example will bring us happiness and eternal peace. Let us pray for their guidance in all we do."
|4. GARDEN OF SAINT FRANCIS
|As you proceed down the driveway, on the right just before the Parish Hall and the parish office, you see the Garden of Saint Francis, a beautiful area for meditation. This contemplative area was donated in memory of Oramae Dressel Knowles by her husband, a non-Catholic. The carrara marble statue was installed in 1986.
|5. HOLY FAMILY MOSAIC
|Opposite the church is a marble outdoor altar. Featured behind the altar is a mosaic of the Holy Family which was donated to Holy Family by the Ladies Guild in 1979. The logo depicts the Holy Family over the sea suggesting the theme of an island parish withthe fishes representing the faithful. THe Christ Child, the central figure, is standing with arms outstretched in an attitude of prayer and benediciton. The fingers of the right hand are extended in the traditional sign of the Holy Trinity. Holy Spirit is depicted as a dove. The Blessed Virgin is seated gazing at her Divine Son. Her tunic is embroidered with a lily, an emblem of her perpetual virginity. Saint Joseph, also looking at Jesus, holds a toy boat with a Greek logo for Christ on the sail symbolizing the Universal Church.
|6. HOLY FAMILY BRONZE SCULPTURES
|At the left of the piazza is a shrine to the Holy Family in bronze sculptures. This beautiful depiction of the Holy Family came from gifts from the estate of Helen T. Cantwell and the family of Marjorie C. Barreca, both long-time parishioners. The sculptures depict Saint Joseph as a carpenter in his workshop with Mary and a young Jesus. The sculptures are the work of Mazzollini Art Craft of Cleveland, Ohio.
|7. ABORTION VICTIMS PLAQUE
|On the lawn adjacent to Shiller Hall is a marble monument donated by the Knights of Columbus Council 7289 in memory all the victims of the ongoing aboriton holocaust. The guardian angle statue is dedicated to the memory of all Religious Education teachers who serve or have served Holy Family Parish.
|8. HAMILTON PARK
|Further on, Hamilton Park, is a picnic area honoring the pastor who led the construction of the present Church, Father Philip A. Hamilton. The gazebo is a symbol of welcome used for parish socials.
|9. OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SHRINE
|Beyond Hamilton Park, on the south end of the campus, is a beautiful shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe. This shrine has special significance to the many Hispanic parishioners of Holy Family and is the scene of weekly rosary devotions and also an annual procession on December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
|10. STATIONS OF THE CROSS BOARDWALK
|Flanking the Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Stations of the Cross boardwalk. Note the beautiful ceramicSstations within wooden shelters along the walkway. The Stations boardwalk is a more recent addition to the campus and was an Eagle Scout project of parishioner James Rankin. More than $20,000 was donated by parishioners and, along with assistance of the Knights of Columbus Council 7289 and the pastor, Father Hayden J. Vaverek, construction was completed in April of 2007.
|11. ADORATION CHAPEL
As you approach the church, to the left of the entry doors is the Adoration Chapel, which allows the faithful to visit Christ, wholly present - body, blood, soul and divinity in the Holy Eucharist. The side window contains Blenko glass mounted in an epoxy mixture portraying the Magi. Note the Stations of the Cross inside the chapel. These antique treasures presented in an oil medium are the gift of several parishioners. The painting of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane was donated by parishioner Dan Castro and painted by his father. The various other paintings in the Chapel are by noted artist Daniel Bonnell.
|12. OUR LADY OF FATIMA WINDOW
|All of the glass in the church was designed by Father Methodius Telnack of the Trappist monastery in Conyers, Georgia. On entering the Church, you see, on the right, an incredibly beautiful stained glass creation of Father Methodius. It depicts Our Lady of Fatima appearing to three Portuguese children. An angel is seen holding the Most Holy Eucharist. This window is illuminated each evening by spotlights reflecting in reverse off special reflective screens which are lowered nightly for this purpose.
|13. ETCHED STATIONS OF THE CROSS
|The 14 etched Stations of the Cross which adorn the walls and detail Christ's walk to His crucifixion on Calvary are also works by Father Methodius.
|14. PIPE ORGAN
|The magnificent pipe organ was built in North Carolina by W. Zimmer & Son and includes a Chamade trumpet stop set on the back wall of the sanctuary. The organ was enlarged in 1992 to a four manual and pedal instrument with 56 stops and 2,619 pipes.
To accomplish this modification, organ pipes were purchased from several churches in the southeast who were removing organs to replace them with electronic substitutes. Parishioners helped to remove these “purchased” pipes from the other churches and transported them to our church where they organized a “pipe washing party.” After washing, the pipes were laid out on the pews to dry. They were then installed by the Zimmer Company. The finished product has been host to many recitals presented by internationally renowned artists.