As you know, we began our Celebrating 70 Years: Embracing the Mission, Continuing Our Tradition capital campaign last Lent. We exceeded our goal of $900,000.00 in pledges and outright gifts and I thank you all for this. God is so good!
So where do we stand as of today?
- First, we paid Lynch Development Associates for their services and expenses related to running our successful capital campaign.
- Next, we began working on all of the required fire code upgrades to ensure maximum safety for our congregation. A fire sprinkler system was installed in the church basement. Fire rated doors are ordered and soon will be installed in the basement and stairwells. Everything mandated by the state fire marshal will soon be completed.
- A new digital piano was purchased to replace the aging baby grand piano in the church.
- The deteriorating slate roof on the rectory garage, with its loose shingles, was replaced.
- A new sound system for the church is near completion. This process involved replacing the pre-existing borrowed amplifiers, all new wiring (installed beneath the sanctuary floor), equalizers, control panels, wireless microphones, headset components for the hearing impaired, and speakers for the body of the church. While everything is not yet finished, we are getting very close!
- The existing green carpets of the sanctuary had to be cut open to allow for the installation of the wiring channels for the new sound system below the sanctuary floor. A decision was then made to install a new hardwood floor instead of replacement carpeting. The hope is the new style floor will be dignified and visually attractive befitting the sanctuary area, be easy to clean and maintain, and should be durable enough to last for many, many years to come.
- Payments to the House of Charity - Bishop’s Annual Appeal have been made on behalf of our parish for this past year.
Thankfully, the redemption of pledges continues on a regular basis. Very soon we will begin some security enhancements and building renovations to the parish office. This will include an outside ramp to be more handicapped-accessible. A future large-scale project will certainly be the church HVAC system (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) which will be one of the most costly expenses to date. Please be aware that this will necessitate a very large portion of our raised funds. Currently, the redemption phase of our capital campaign has not yet accumulated all the necessary funds to accomplish this particular project.
Regularly, I am meeting and working with our parish finance council and our capital campaign chairpersons to assure that we continue to make progress and properly maintain all our parish facilities.
It is only through your continued generosity that we will be able to bring all of our many plans to completion.
Fr. Ed Namiotka
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