It was on June 10, 1999 when the building committees of St. Joseph’s Parish (Spruce Grove), and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish (Stony Plain) met as a unified body to begin a journey that would extend nearly 3 years. At this meeting 3 sub-committees were created that would begin assembling the expertise needed for the church building project.
William Hamilton Architect was chosen with Sergio Poles as the chief architect, and shortly afterwards Kalen Project Management was selected with Ron Mackie as the head project manager. The building site was purchased, a ten acre parcel on the east side of Boundary Road, a very central point between Spruce Grove and Stony Plain.
Months of hard work follwed and with parish input, several drafts were created. The final architectural design retained the old traditional country church style to keep in touch with our pioneer roots, but also incorporated more modern ideas.
On September 5, 2000, the sod turning ceremony was held with many parishioners present. Father Gordon Roebuck turned the first spade of dirt. The site was graded and left to rest until spring. On April 17, 2001, a site blessing ceremony was held at which time Father Gordon solemnly blessed the construction site. Piles and footings were poured and construction was officially underway.
Excitement in the parish began to build as tours of the building site were provided. On August 22, 2001, in the wee hours of the morning, the seventy-five foot steeple with its eleven foot cross was slowly raised up and then carefully lowered into place. There it stood, as tall as a fourteen story building, visible for miles. It was reported that it gave peace and comfort to patients at the Stony Plain Hospital who could see it from their window.
The church was designed to have a seating capacity in the pews for 1100 people with an overflow capacity for an addtional 400. The hall seats 400 at tables and 600 for seminars.
The parish offices were moved in the week before our first Mass, Palm Sunday 2002 (March 23rd.) His Grace, Archbishop Thomas Collins presided. More than 1500 people attended the Mass on Saturday evening. The blessing and dedication of the Church took place on May 26, 2002, with Archbishop Collins again presiding.
We are very thankful to all of those who gave so much of their time and talent in the building of our church. We continue to thank God in blessing us so abundantly with many willing workers in His vineyard, making this a very vibrant, active, and growing parish community.
A wonderful celebration and mortgage burning took place on January 11, 2015 at Holy Trinity Catholic church in Spruce Grove. The parishioners paid off the mortgage on their church building ahead of schedule. Bishop Paul Terrio, Bishop of St. Paul diocese, came to celebrate with the parishioners of Holy Trinity, as he had been the pastor from 2002 – 2012. Bishop Paul mentioned challenges he faced in leading the parishioners to become one community and how in working with the parish Finance Committee, instituted the unpopular 2nd collection each week, to meet our mortgage payment of $20,825.00 each month.
Zyg Slinko, who was the building committee chair person at the beginning of the project, gave a very moving presentation on the back ground of the coming together of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Stony Plain and St. Joseph’s in Spruce Grove. “It all started with Fr. Gordon Roebuck, our pastor at the time, and a talking building.” He said, “ Fr. Gordon realized the need to do something about our tired little church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. So with his blessing, I stood at the ambo one Sunday morning to talk about the condition of the building. I had barely begun to speak when suddenly the plumbing pipes started groaning and rattling violently as if to put an exclamation point on what I was saying. There was nothing left to be said. Shortly thereafter, the sewers backed up at St. Joseph’s church, flooding the parish hall several times. And so the process of building a new home began in earnest.”
At the evening Mass Bishop Paul commented how he missed being in the community and noted he recognized several faces sitting in their usual spots, which received laughter from the full church. Bishop Paul presented the parish with a copy of a commissioned portrait of the Holy Family.