Father Tirso

Our Activity Center Project is nearing completion. In just a few short weeks, the new HVAC unit will be installed and the building’s major needs will have been addressed. At this point, many of us will want to breathe a sign of relief that nothing else will be needed. Just as I had mentioned in my article a few weeks ago, I wish that my days of asking for help with projects is over now that the Activity Center building has been addressed. Sadly, though, it only continues.

On several occasions, I have told parishioners that the next building that needs attention must be our church building. We cannot have a parish without a dedicated, sacred space in which to celebrate the sacraments. Therefore, the church building needs to be the next on the list of our priorities.

The first thing I would like to accomplish for the church is to beautify the floors. Luckily, it looks like there is concrete underneath the carpeted areas of the church which will make it easier to address. What I would like to do is something similar to the new floor that was recently installed at St. Jerome’s, our neighbor to the east. I have included before and after photos of the floor at St. Jerome so parishioners can get an idea of what our church floor might look like.

The possible new flooring would be made of epoxy material that is just as durable as any other material. The only difference is that it is much more economical and financially affordable. It also is easier to clean because it only requires water rather than any chemical products. It will require routine maintenance every five or so years, which involves resealing the top coat to ensure that the floor remains durable. The same contractor who installed the floor at St. Jerome’s will be able to do our church floor for about $40K.

Addressing the church floor was one of our projects in the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign. The good news is that we have enough in those campaign funds to cover the project. It will, however, require that we refrain from using the church for about a three week period. This means that we would have Masses in the Activity Center.

The next project in the church is to start working on the church windows. There are sixteen stained glass windows, two round windows, one large rose window, and three small windows in the apse. All of them are in need of attention. They need to be cleaned, the metal parts repaired where needed, and a better outer protective pane be installed to prevent damage. The upper and lower panels also need to be repaired so that all of them can be opened. If the upper panels can be opened, there can be better circulation of air inside the church which could prevent heat from building up inside. This would, of course, make it more comfortable for us inside the church during the summer months.

From a couple of estimates that have been given to us, it will cost approximately $7,000 per window to address all of the things I mentioned. With just the sixteen stained glass windows alone, it would cost us at least $112K. Right now, we have enough in the TTWCI campaign funds to address four of the windows. This means that we will still need to raise a minimum of about $100K to address all of the other windows.

The windows and the floor of church are not the only things that need to be addressed for the church building. Very soon, we will need to have the roof examined and repairs will more than likely be needed. At the same time, we will also need to have an assessment done on the tuck-pointing on the church. From what I understand, we had only done bits and pieces of tuck-pointing but, given the age of the church building, the entire building will need to be addressed. All of these are needed to ensure that our beautiful sacred space will be structurally sound for many years to come.

Again, as the saying goes, “There is no rest for the weary.” We have some funds to address some of the needs of the church building. But, there is a long way to go. One thing that will be extremely helpful would be if parishioners might be able to keep up with their pledges to the TTWCI campaign. The more we collect through TTWCI, the more we will be able to address the project of the stained glass windows. Either way, we will need to be ready to do some serious fund raising in order to have the funds needed to address everything else.

Let us pray that we will be able to address the coming needs of our spiritual home.

Fr. Tirso S. Villaverde, Jr.

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