Parish Restoration Project (UPDATE)
Restoration project goal: $1,000,000
A lot has happened since the last restoration update of March 2019. Construction is moving along on the FRIARY apartments and town houses. Parishioners have expressed sadness on the removal of many trees in the former Franciscan back yard. We must remember that the alternative to the apartments and townhouses was a parking lot. Instead we now will have a Historic Building status which means the Church and Friary Buildings will never come down. Commonwealth is beginning to sign up tenants and if you have any interest in renting, you can pick up a brochure at the Church offices.
The three separate committees on Restoration as now been combined into one committee lead by Michael Poradek from the Diocese and Father Tony.They met in April and altered the original plans to meet our budget. They are now awaiting final plans from the Architect. Plans will be finalized by July 1 after which time construction work will begin. The committee is looking into pews, altar, statuary, etc. that can be obtain at a lower cost from Parishes outside our Diocese, that have recently closed. These options will help to stay within budget.
The preliminary goal of $600,000 in fundraising was reached, thanks to everyone who has donated. Remarkable when considering the size of our Parish. You can still send in your pledge cards as we continue to raise addition funds to meet our outside goal of one million dollars, but for now we can move forward.
The restoration committee would like the project completed by Christmas 2019 but then it may take as long as Easter of 2020 to completely restore the Church.
Further questions regarding the Restoration Status should be direct to either Deacon Paul or Father Tony.