Holy Family Church had hoped this might be the week it took possession of its new parish center that’s been under construction since late last year at 218 S. Maple Ave. in Hannibal.
Holy Family Church had hoped this might be the week it took possession of its new parish center that’s been under construction since late last year at 218 S. Maple Ave. in Hannibal. However, as work continued at the site, it was apparent that none of the items boxed in anticipation of the move would be relocated on Thursday from the church’s office at Hayden and Broadway.
“There’s no way we could move in and they (contractor’s workers) be able to finish what they need to do,” said Janice Rupp of Holy Family Church. “We’ll just sit tight until they’re finished.”
Even if the building were ready, Rupp noted that Thursday might not have been an ideal time to relocate.
“It was a bad day to move anyway. Things would have gotten wet, so it worked out well,” she said.
While other members of the church’s staff have pretty well completed their packing, the delay is beneficial for Rupp.
“I didn’t have much of my things packed up. This will give me a few more days to get organized,” she laughed.
Rupp said the delay is easy to take when the situation is viewed from a spiritual perspective.
“God got his hands in this. He’s got a plan for everything,” she said. “It’s been a good experience. It’s been a lesson in stopping and not hurrying.”
When it comes time to move, there will be a lot to transport.
“I have no idea the number of boxes we have. Father Mike has several boxes,” Rupp said.
Some of the boxes are filled with important documents from the current church, and now-closed Catholic churches in Hannibal, New London and Ilasco.
“There are lots of records we have to be very careful with and keep track of like old baptismal records and death certificates,” said Rupp.
An area in the new building has already been designated for the historic papers.
“There will be a secured area for all the old records to go,” said Rupp.
Having a site for the records is not the only reason people are looking forward to the new building.
“For parishioners, it will be easier to get in. It will be so much better for them, particularly older people who have trouble getting around. The building we have now has steps. At the new building, they’ll be able to pull in the driveway and just walk right in,” said Rupp. “We’re also anxious to be by the church and school.”
When moving day arrives, lots of manpower is lined up.
“They announced it at church and we had all kinds of people volunteer to help,” said Rupp.
It’s unclear if professional movers will be hired to transport the larger furniture.
“We’ll just play it by ear,” said Rupp.