As the week ended, the scaffolding was coming down. The roof no longer leaks. The walls are clean and bright, thanks to fresh plaster and new, clear upper windows. The last of 100-plus gallons of paint are being applied.

The congregation at the Church of the Holy Cross will be back in their worship space for Christmas Eve, just as they had hoped.

But they will have to forgo a Lessons & Carols service in the church on this 4th Sunday of Advent. The Rev. Dr. Moni McIntyre isn’t certain the church will be cleaned in time, since the work cannot start until after the funeral of a parishioner on Saturday. (The funeral will be held at the Church of the Redeemer — the second time the neighboring parish has hosted such a service during the repairs, for which the people of Holy Cross extend their gratitude.)

KDKA-TV, the local CBS-owned affiliate, broadcast a story about the restoration work at Holy Cross on its 5 p.m. newscast December 17. You can watch the story at

The Christmas Eve Eucharist is set to begin with carols at 6:30 p.m.

"It will be a very festive Christmas Eve, a glad, happy service. We are thrilled, absolutely thrilled," Moni+ told KDKA.

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