New entrance to cathedral opens


By Anne Marie Amacher

Anne Sexton, one of the most senior parishioners at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, is welcomed by Father Rich Adam, pastor of the parish, in the new handicap-accessible entrance during its opening Jan. 27. As the first person to pass through the entrance, she received flowers from the parish.

DAVENPORT – After several setbacks due to the age of Sacred Heart Cathedral and other unforeseen circumstances, the new handicap-accessible entrance on the cathedral’s east side opened after the 9 a.m. Mass Jan. 27.
Father Rich Adam, the cathedral’s pastor and rector, said the $700,000 project started in late September and finished in late January. This is the first of two building projects the cathedral has planned.
Fr. Adam thought that the first person to go through the new entrance should be a senior parishioner, Anne Sexton. The parish bought flowers for Sexton, who regularly attends the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass.
“I’m happy to have the church put back together and the east entrance open again,” Fr. Adam said. “I believe this will welcome many parishioners back to Sacred Heart who have avoided worshiping here because of the lack of a handicap entrance. This new entrance is also good sized in that it provides a ‘mini gathering space’ as people enter or exit Sacred Heart.”

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