While students and staff are relaxing at home over Christmas Break, construction workers will be hard at work at the University of Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart. From December 26 to January 17, the Basilica will be closed for renovations. Until the reopening of the Basilica and the celebration of Vigil Mass on January 18, Masses will be held in the Sacred Heart Parish Crypt.
This is not the first set of renovations for the Basilica. Following the Second Vatican Council, the "Sacred Heart Church," as the Basilica used to be called, underwent renovations. It was also restored in the 1990s. The most significant change was carpeting the original tile floor. Rev. Peter Rocca, C.S.C., Basilica rector, told Notre Dame News that the tile "provided for a more resonant space, especially for singing and the performance of organ and choral pieces."
For the current renovations, the carpet will be removed in order to enhance the acoustics in the Basilica. In addition, the need to replace the carpet every 10 to 15 years will be eliminated.
A schedule of liturgies held in the Basilica's Sacred Heart Parish Crypt can be found online.
Originally reported by Michael O. Garvey at Notre Dame News.