Located along the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Pass Christian, Mississippi, has served the spiritual needs of the community for over 150 years. Within that span, the church has been re-built twice due to damage from natural disasters. In 2007, the diocese approved construction of a new church combining three smaller churches of the parish into the single church of Most Holy Trinity. The new facility served the parish until 2017 when the diocese authorized construction of a new church building. After 5 years of planning and effort, the new church opened its doors in 2021. The sanctuary features high ceilings with hard tile flooring and solid wood pews, making for a highly reverberant environment. An audio system from Renkus-Heinz was the ideal solution to help the congregation stay engaged during worship services.
The church contacted Rain Jaudon, owner of Magnolia AV Solutions, to design an audio system for optimal coverage in both the sanctuary and the upstairs choir loft. Jaudon, in turn, contacted independent manufacturer’s representative Richard Hembree of Griffith Sales Associates to assist with the installation.
“Steerable arrays work best in reverberant spaces,” said Jaudon. “The combination of adjustable pattern control with exceptional speech intelligibility make them a perfect choice for many houses of worship.”
Acoustic panels were attached to the ceiling to reduce the sanctuary’s reverberation time while a pair of ICONYX IC24-RN steerable arrays were deployed at the front of house to provide targeted acoustics for the congregation, and two ultra-compact DC12/2 steerable arrays were installed as fill loudspeakers in the church transept. Multiple compact 4” CX41 loudspeakers were mounted on microphone stands and utilized as personal monitors for the choir, with a CA82-RD1 point source flown from the ceiling to support the general audio needs in the choir loft.
Both the church leadership and the parishioners were thrilled with the audio system, stating “the choir sounded like angels.”
“I’ve been installing Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers since 2008. They are solid performers and the company stands behind its products,” said Jaudon. “I recommend Renkus-Heinz whenever possible.“