Parish Restoration Project
Restoration project goal: $1,000,000
ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS PLANS TO BEGIN HER INTERIOR FACE LIFT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY….
MARK YOUR CALENDARS… NOW.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I have been your pastor for 3 years now and I have been associated with both the old friary and parish since 1976.
I have always been inspired by the people of our parish community. The parish has always displayed an active ministry with the poor through various outreach ministries such as N.E.W. Shelter, St. Vincent DePaul, Paul’s Pantry and other outreach events. The parish has always been a very welcoming faith community esp. to newcomers, a true hallmark of a Franciscan parish. That is part of your legacy, we hope, for years to come.
Now we prepare for our 2018-19 interior restoration and the sale of the old friary building and church property by the Franciscans coming at the end of the year. We need to move out of the church proper for the time of restoration, and the new owners to work together so all new heating and air conditioning and electrical systems will be restored in a timely manner.
January, 2019 we will no longer be paying rent. But with the new owners we will have to pay for all utilities that the church/parish uses.
I invite you to make sure you pass this information on to your families and neighbors, esp. our home bound and infirm members.
The last Mass in the church proper was on Christ the King Sunday, Nov. 25th.
Saturday 4 p.m. Mass and the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass and all Holy day Masses are held in the gymnasium. The entrance is off the parking lot where there is a handicapped entrance for our needs. Also the front door off Cass St. will be open before scheduled Masses.
All Weekday & 1st. Friday 7 a.m. Masses are held in St. Francis Chapel, first room off the Irwin Ave. entrance. Doors open 6:30 a.m. Please plan to join us during this journey.
On March 5, 2019 the PRELIMINARY BID quotes for PHASE ONE on the restoration project was received. PHASE ONE consists of all the construction and material updating such as new flooring, new bathroom, construction of sanctuary & sacristy, electrical, plumbing, painting, plastering, HVAC, lighting, carpeting, and much more. The quote for this phase was $640,000. Since we have raised to date $550,000 we need another $90,000 before this phase can be started, a Diocesan Rule. PHASE TWO which consists of the pews, altar, sound system, statuary and art detail will start after PHASE ONE is completed. If the additional $90,000 can be raised in the next thirty days, a projection of completion would be one year form this Easter, that is Easter 2020. If this additional amount can not be raised, there will be further delays in reopening the Church.
Thanks to all that have contributed but please consider additional gifting in order to meet our goal. If you have not turned in your pledge cards, please do as so as possible.