Our building project is coming to an end (I hope). Last week we had our parking lot paved, and we can now use it again. The final coat of paving will go down at the end of the construction, at which point the painting of the lines will also happen. We are still hoping to move in sometime in September, and when we do, there will be plenty of opportunities for open-house visits to see what has been accomplished.
Many people have come forward to assist, and for all the help I want to say thank you. I would like to thank Margery Frisch, our former secretary, for her beautiful book which she wrote and published as a fundraiser for the new rectory. It is called “Love 101: a woman’s perspective on family and faith”, and it features the bulletin reflections Margery wrote over the 10 or so years of working for our parish. The book is $25, and all the proceeds go to our building project. It can be viewed at our office, and purchased from Brenda. Thank you Margery for thinking of us and offering this gift as a way of help.
I also want to thank all who have donated to our project either through “One Heart One Soul” campaign, or by giving directly to the parish. Your generosity is very much appreciated. We are still accepting donations towards our new rectory, and will do so for some time. Since the start of the project the cost of building materials has nearly doubled, which has increased the cost more than we could have anticipated. Through the generosity of our good Bishop Crosby, we will receive an interest free loan to complete our project, but this loan will have to be paid in the future years. I’m confident that all will work out, the debts will be paid in time, and the updated buildings will serve us well for years to come.
As you know our plan was to build a rectory that will accommodate retired priests. We are already receiving messages from interested priests who would like to see it as soon as it is finished. With more priests we will be able to offer more to our people and our parish community, and we won’t have to worry about having to close any of our mission churches. That’s the hope, at least, and may it come to fruition. Happy summer!
Fr. Wojtek Kuzma