Dear Parish Family,
How lucky we are to have the wonderful guidance of Larry Bonetti leading our Buildings and Grounds Team. It is a pleasure to work hand in hand with Larry as we move through the many phases of our renovations here at Sacred Heart. We are also working with an excellent contractor Larry Boyd and his crew of workers who take pride in the work they do making sure we can take pride in the finished product. Paula Cadoret and our architect Joe McPhee have been working so well together in choosing colors and materials that will enhance the appearance of our worship space and truly “Making God’s House a Home.”
The work in the new family room and chapel is almost complete and we will now begin to work in the Sanctuary (altar area). I need all the patience I can muster during this phase of the work because this is “my office space”. (In the seminary they always said “the altar is your desk.”) I know this will be messy, dusty work and I ask your patience and understanding while this work is being done. It will look messy for quite a while and hopefully can be cleaned up when funerals need to be celebrated. Doing all this work without closing the church is a challenge, but well worth the effort so that we can still worship and celebrate funerals in our own worship space.
Two questions have been frequently asked: when will we have to close the church? And where are you traveling this summer. First answer: We will have to close the church to remove all the asbestos tiles under the pews, which will require removing the pews. While they are out we will paint the church, install the new flooring and install the pews at an angle. We will probably do this next summer. At that time we will worship in the parish center, and if the weather is right even consider having Mass outside.
Second answer: due to the work we are doing in the sanctuary, I want to be around to answer any questions that may occur regarding this portion of our project, so I traveled in April to Texas to visit three presidential libraries. So I will be around while all this work is happening.
Joe McPhee has diagramed what the church will look like when we are finished with phase two of the renovations. These diagrams are on the bulletin board in the corridor when you come into the glass entry way. Be sure to take a look at what is happening.
In the meantime I want to thank all of you for your generous donations to these projects and promise we will use our resources wisely.