For the first fifty years of the Shrine’s existence, praying before the Cross, the center-piece of the Parish/Shrine was only possible during favorable weather. Cross In The Woods Parish had also grown to almost 500 households. The long-house Chapel, which seated 250 grew too small. The envisioned dream of a new indoor worship space, seating almost 1,000, with a year round view of the Cross came to fruition on June 29, 1997 when the new sanctuary was dedicated. Visitors and parishioners made the dream a reality with their generous gifts.