Capital Renovation Project
We are very close to completing Phase I of our Parish Renovation Project. To date, we have raised more than $ 1.3 million in pledges and have received more than $ 400,000 in cash payments, putting us well on course towards reaching our overall goal of $ 1.5 million. I am so encouraged to have seen such an outpouring of support for our parish family. It is never easy to raise money in difficult economic times, but time and time again this parish has always risen to the occasion. That speaks volumes about how we understand our role in this community of faith. I have said it before and I will say it again: we are not simply a parish that is established by geographical boundaries – we are a family, a family that sticks together through the good times and the bad. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all your support.
You may be wondering when we will begin Phase II of this project, so allow me a moment to fill you in. Over the last several months, a number of tests have been on all four roofs to determine – to the best of anyone’s abilities – what actually needs to be done and how much replacing the roof will cost the parish. The architects have also looked at our four roofs and are drawing up their plans as we speak. Once we have received the architectural plans and obtain permission from the Diocese to begin the project, we will then put the job out to bid to solicit contractors. We will then collect the bids and begin the process of selecting the best contractor for the job. Likewise, we are hoping to put the boilers out to bid within the next month or so, ensuring that we will have new boilers that run with maximum efficiency for the winter months.
It was my hope that we could have started all of this over the summer months, but the process is very extensive and complicated and I want to make sure that we do it right the first time around. I am not willing to cut corners simply to move things along quickly. I thank you for your patience and understanding on all of this. And please continue to watch the bulletin – I will provide you with updates on a regular basis. Also, if you have not yet made a pledge to the Capital Renovation Project, I ask that you consider doing so. This parish continues to touch the lives of so many, and we need to fix up our “home” if we want to continue doing what we do best as a parish family.