The baptismal font is dead. It began leaking again, leaving a mess in the Lower Level library and after calling the repairman we learned that it cannot be fixed, so it’s been retired from active duty. Actually the timing couldn’t be better. Since last March I have been discussing contingency plans for remodeling the foyer, the restrooms, the Daily Mass Chapel, the Church proper and parts of the Lower Level that are in dire need of regular maintenance and upgrading. I will announce some preliminary details at all the Masses the weekend of Oct. 4-5. The maintenance items are obvious: The carpet needs to be replaced, it’s 24+ years old and bubbling and tearing in places. We are proposing a tile/carpet mixture as new flooring. The pews are in tough shape. They need to be re-varnished and re-padded and repaired. This means they will need to be removed from the church and taken elsewhere for repair. A new baptismal font will be in order, along with a new altar to match. Our current altar has a crack in it, so there is no way of incorporating a relic of a saint into the altar. A new one would allow us to do this. We will investigate fonts and altars from churches across the diocese that are no longer holding regular liturgies. There are other items that need to be addressed that we have discussed before: a new sound system with screens and projectors, since many of our programs use the church interior for presentations and instruction; new lighting that meets the current codes and standards. And there are aesthetical improvements that need to be done that would help bring our church interior up to date and add some color. What the plan will not entail is a “reconfiguration” of the church. The altar, chair and ambo will remain where they are. I am putting together a “Remodeling Committee” to work with TSP, our architectural firm, in coming up with a visible plan to present to the parish. As of right now, we are proposing a construction date of June 1, 2015. All weddings from June 1 through the beginning of September are being scheduled elsewhere. Money will need to be raised. But we will also have half of the funds on hand, thanks to our Capital Campaign. Stay tuned. There is more to come.
In Christ, through Mary,