Our New Baldacchino

Project Update

Update: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Dear Parish Family,

Since the last update the sanctuary project ran into a  ‘hiccup.’  The plan did meet a specific square foot code requirement pertaining to sanctuary access.  It has taken some time to come up with a solution.  That said, it might have been a blessing in disguise.  I believe the current layout is the best one yet.  Please see the attached image.

Regarding schedule, I have given up trying to answer this question.  We have begun the permit process with the city.  Afterward we will seek bids from general contractors.  Once a contract is signed with the contractor, then we will put together a schedule.  As to how many weeks we will be inconvenienced by construction, we will not know until the contractor puts together a schedule.  As we reach these milestones in the project, I will keep you posted.

Finally regarding costs, I will repeat what I said in the last update.  It is my goal to bring this project to completion within our initial financial speculations.  A number of parishioners have mentioned to me that they have not yet given to the project but are still planning to.  I am grateful for your continued support.  As most of you are aware, cost-creep is unfortunately a common challenge with projects such as these.  They are most often the result of unforeseen expenses, increased labor costs, delays, etc…  We are monitoring the figures closely.  I will keep you posted.

Please keep this project in your prayers.  I believe this will be an exciting chapter in our parish history.

Blessings,

Fr. Winslow

Update: November 26, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

I want to take this opportunity to fill you in on our sanctuary renovation project.  Although it may seem as if little progress has been made, I assure you much has been unfolding behind the scenes. 

Upon raising the funds needed to begin this project at the end of August, we were able to employ an architect to assist with the design and structure of the sanctuary floor, wall and baldacchino footings/support rods.  As some of you may know, anytime there is construction there are permits and matters of code compliance that need attention.  We have been busy working with the architect, employing an engineer, determining the best sanctuary footprint and complying with city and state codes.  As of the writing of this letter I am assembling the final details to give to the architect for what I hope will be the last redacted floor plan.  As soon as it is complete I will have it posted in the narthex. 

Finally, it is my goal to bring this project to completion within our initial financial speculations.  A number of parishioners have mentioned to me that they have not yet given to the project but are still planning to.  I am grateful for your continued support.  As I see it, each family of the parish family has their own home.  But the parish church is the family’s chapel.  In this sense it is an extension of our home, the larger family chapel where we come together to pray and celebrate the sacred mysteries.  And so it stands to reason that all of us ought to be invested in its dignity and beauty. 

Fr. Winslow

On July 9th Father Winslow talked about the new Baldacchino that we have purchased to have installed at our parish in the coming weeks to honor Our Lady of Fatima on the 100th Anniversary for the Miracle that took place October 13th, 1917. Below are photos from the church where this Baldacchino was originally installed, which has recently closed. The goal needed to fully install this in our parish is $102,000, of which $78,000 has already been raised. Can you help with this effort? A collection will be taken up the weekend of July 16th or you can donate online

Want to hear Fathers Winslow & Christian talk about the sanctuary? Check out the homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary time at this link!

Update!

I want to take this opportunity to update you on our sanctuary project. Our effort to reach our financial goal of a total of $102,000 has been successful. Thank you. I have been truly moved by the overwhelming support and excitement for this project. The exact dollar amount of this project has yet to be determined. So far we have been operating from estimates. For this reason I still want to continue with our fundraising efforts. Any offerings can be sent to the office or deposited in the offertory in a clearly marked envelope. This past week I have met with the diocesan Facilities Director and several architects to discuss details. The next step is to choose an architect to draw the plans and then to secure bids from general contractors. There have been many great questions about various details. Such matters are still being sorted out. Once I have drawings I will make them available for all to see in the Narthex.

Fr. Winslow

 

 
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