A little over three years ago we, as a parish, began a discussion as to whether we wanted to renew, restore and update this House of God of ours. After positive discussion with parishioners, we began the next phase, the beginning our Capital Campaign. This process was implemented to see if we had the support to move forward. The overwhelming response to our Capital Campaign saw pledges of over one million, two hundred and thirty thousand dollars ($1,230,000.00). I am so grateful for the generosity of our parish families!
With monies pledged we could begin the design stage of our renovation and updating of our church. Thirty-five people signed up to be part of the committee. They worked very hard with our liturgical designer, Larry Hoy, to come up with five designs which we presented to the parish after Mass on two weekends. In addition, groups of some of our younger parishioners and their families were asked for their input (youth group, altar servers and their families, First Communion families). These designs gave rise to some wonderful discussions and excitement. With the suggestions, ideas and comments, the committee took the three overwhelmingly top designs and suggestions and created the one design that is displayed in the vestibule. I want to publicly thank the committee for their hard work and dedication.
After all this preparation the time has begun to begin the work on the Church.
The last Mass before we close the Church will be Sunday, December 28, 2014. After that, Mass will be celebrated in the Gym and the schedule will remain the same. We hope to return to the new Church for Holy Week. We installed an electronic lift and ramp by the Main Avenue entrance. This will enable those with mobility issues and wheel chairs to have easy access to the gym. I would like to thank our CYO program for underwriting much of the cost of these handicapped accessible improvements. Parking spots by the Main Avenue will be designated for those with mobility issues.
- Confessions will be heard in the main level classroom.
- Baptisms will be done in the Parish Center Chapel.
- Funerals will be celebrated by Fr. Bob, in the neighboring parishes.
Since we are on an aggressive time frame, we have begun work that will not impact worship. The plaster work around the walls and sealing of the windows has begun. Next week they will begin the construction of two new handicapped accessible bathrooms. A new sound system will begin shortly. As was mentioned last week, the chandeliers are being refitted for energy efficient LED lighting. The heating and air conditioning units have been made more energy efficient. Much of the work on the construction of the new reredos and vestibule wall will be done in the factory of our liturgical designer’s studio.
The pews will be taken out on Monday, Dec ember 29th, to be refurbished and refitted to the new floor design. The rest of the work will be done while the Church is closed.
It is still possible to make a pledge if you have not already done so. We will be contacting those who pledged to confirm what names they want on the Renovation Plaque that will hang in the vestibule.
This is a very wonderful time for our parish and I hope continues to generate excitement and renewed devotion to our worship of Jesus Christ as Lord!
The status of the campaign is as follows:
Pledges to date: $1,233,917
Balance of pledges pending : $135,138
Due to your generosity we continue to get closer to our target every day. We encourage everyone to meet their pledge in full so we will meet our goal. If you have not yet participated in the campaign and would like to contribute, we would like to encourage you to do so. To inquire about your balance, or if you have any questions regarding the campaign please send an email to email@example.com, or leave a message at the Parish Office (516-676-0676).
2014 payments are due on/before the following dates: Monthly payment: December 31, 2014
Fourth quarter payment: December 31
Annual/Final Payments are due December 31, 2014.
We are extremely appreciative of your generosity and your continued efforts to satisfy your pledged amount.
The Campaign Committee