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April 30, 2017

posted May 9, 2017, 4:54 AM by Kurt Weber

Dear Parishioners, 

I am writing today to update you on some mundane aspects of the parish’s life. Specifically, I want to make you aware that we are in the process of continuing efforts to air-condition the church. Our initial bids, based on plans drawn up by an engineer, proved too costly of an adventure for us. In discussing this further with several local contractors we solicited bids for a system that would not be a Cadillac version but would certainly serve our purposes. This is in response to what you as a parish identified as your number one priority when your opinion was solicited during Father Shaun’s tenure.

We are going through the process of diocesan approval for a project that would cost us $88,000 for the actual ac unit and another $15,000 for accompanying electrical work. Once we get the OK from the appropriate diocesan offices we will sign the contract and our Building and Grounds Committee does not see this as a project that would require a lot of time to finish. With that said, you never know what circumstances happen so I am hopeful, with all approvals in the near future, that we will be able to begin this project relatively soon.

Thank you for your continued support. This brings me to another topic. There are many things that need attention concerning the upkeep of the facilities. You control that by your financial support. As of a few weeks ago, we were about $5,000 behind in our giving from the previous year. That often happens when there is a change in personnel, specifically the pastor. I hope my ten months with you have sated any concerns about what you were getting in this guy from Virginia. My point being that I hear your concerns about various items around the facility but we can only do what your financial support allows us. I never want anyone to go without their necessities but give some consideration in regard to your financial contributions to see if you are giving what you are able.

Many thanks, Fr. Tom