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December 21st, 2013

Holy Land Cross Installed Above City

by Christopher O'Brien

A crane operated by Industrial Riggers hoists the cross onto rocky Pine Hill Friday afternoon. View from East Mountain. | Photo: Leslie Wolfgang


By Chris O’Brien | The Wolcott Whisper

WATERBURY  –  Steelworkers and welders worked past sunset to ready the unveiling of a 16 ton Christmas gift to the Brass City Friday evening. The landmark Holy Land cross will be formally lit on Sunday evening at 6 pm, although thousands of area residents got a sneak preview as builders briefly tested the LED lights on the cross.

Welders from Pisani Steel work weld a supporting frame onto the cross late Friday

Welders from Pisani Steel work weld a supporting frame onto the cross late Friday

The cross – 16 tons with 5,000 LED’s and made entirely through donated time and money – was welded together on Thursday and hoisted onto an 8 foot thick cement base Friday afternoon. Pisani Steel of Naugatuck donated the steel and welding for the project, estimated at $300,000. This is the fourth cross to stand at the site originally built by John Greco, an attorney who’s dream was to transform Pine Hill into a diorama of the real Bethlehem and Jerusalem to embody the life of Jesus Christ from 2,000 years ago. Hundreds of buildings dotted the hill, made largely from donated and recycled steel and cardboard. Chicken wire, used heaters, cement and former appliances from friends contributed to other areas of the site. Statues from a Worlds Fair, as well as one blessed by the Pope were installed at the site. Despite the humble beginnings and dream of one man, HolyLand became a popular attraction for over 40,000 pilgrims every year. A devout Catholic, Greco enlisted his family in building the religious attraction as an act of devotion. A sign placed on the site read:

“A group of dedicated men present a pictorial story of the life of Christ from the cradle to the Cross—it is our prayerful wish that the project will provide a pleasant way to increase your knowledge of God’s Own Book and bring you closer to Him.”

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December 14th, 2012

Wolcott Religious Services

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott has a very vibrant religious community with regular services each weekend. If you are of a particular faith, or searching for the best church for yourself or your family, feel free to contact any of the pastors of the town’s growing faithful communities.

St. Pius X Church517 Woodtick Rd.

Saturday – 4 pm

Sunday – 9 am, 11 am

St. Maria Gorretti Church1300 Woodtick Rd.

Saturday  – 4 pm

Sunday 8 am, 10:30 am

Wolcott Congregational Church – 185 Center St.

Sunday at 9 am, 11 am

All Saints Episcopoal Church 282 Boundline Rd. (behind Town Hall)

Sunday 9:30 am

Christ Church – 16 Town Line Rd.

Sunday – 9:00, 10:30 am

Wolcott Christian Life Center – 481 Wolcott Rd.

Sunday – 10 am