I have not updated you recently on our physical plant projects and problems, so here is a brief review to catch you up.
First, the major planned project this year was the replacement of the heat and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the church building. The old equipment was lifted out and the new equipment was lifted into place in mid-September by a 50-ton crane, it was a sight to behold. On the first attempt to move the equipment the crane began to sink into the soft ground and the contractor had to bring special equipment for the crane to drive on to keep it from sinking. This project is almost done, the contractor is waiting for a computer program to be delivered and once the program is installed the new HVAC will be fully operational. The final price tag on this project will be $103,000.
Second is the unplanned project of how to deal with the water seepage into the ducts under the church. The primary challenge we have faced in determining the source of the water. After hours of surveying our property our civil engineer and the Buildings and Grounds Committee believe they have found the source. To correct the problem, we will have to install additional drainage lines and a limited number of new downspouts to enhance drainage away from the church building. This project is presently out for bid and it is anticipated it will cost around $57,000. Once this portion of the project is completed we will repair the damage to the duct system at a of cost $83,000. It is anticipated these projects will be completed before Christmas.
Finally, as we look to next spring, we will be replacing the church roof and repairing the Parish Life Center roof, where the estimated cost is around $141,000.
Of course all these projects need to be guided by professional engineers and architects, there consultant fees will be in the area $55,000, some of which is being donated.
Obviously all these projects are necessary in order to keep our properties in good condition, so they are ready for future generations.
To another important topic! Where do your dollars go when you give to the Catholic Ministries Appeal? Your gift is joined with thousands of others and here are some examples of the ministries funded by the CMA:
- Fund ministries that nurture children and teen-agers in the Catholic faith and teach values they'll carry into adulthood.
- Help pay for the proper education of our seminarians on the road to priestly ordination
- Ensure we can help struggling families find their way through economic crisis and back to stability
- Prepare engaged couples for God-centered marriages rooted in the Catholic Church
- Educate and prepare those who wish to become Catholic for the fullness of life in the Church through RCIA
- Enable us to promote Catholic values about the sanctity of all life and make our voice heard in society
- Fund programs that give young adults on college campuses a connection to the Church.
- Provide important services to your parish that it would find difficult to afford on its own
- Support ministries that reach out with the hands and heart of Christ to the aged, the sick, and the imprisoned
- Help fund the crucial work of Catholic Charities, which serves more than 250,000 people annually
Let us continue to pray for peace and for the end of terrorism in our world!
In peace and courage,