School project brings greater unity to Columbia parishes
Construction worker Bill Myers gently hoisted the crucifix into place over the new entrance to Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School (OLLIS) in Columbia.–Catholic Missourian
“Lift high the cross!” called out Father Paul Clark, associate pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes parish.
The crucifix has two sides, reminding all who enter, leave or drive past the school of the supreme price their Savior paid for their salvation.
“Jesus hung on a cross and died for our sins,” said Principal Elaine Hassemer. “He is our whole reason for being here. We honor Him by helping young people learn to love Him and become everything He wants them to be.”
A long-awaited, $6.6 million expansion and reconfiguration of the OLLIS complex is nearing completion.
It stands on land once occupied by an avenue of portable, temporary classrooms.