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Published July 31, 2016
MASSES DURING CONSTRUCTION:
Deacon Larry Loumena has been asked by Father John to come up with a transition plan for our masses during the construction months (October/November through August 2017). At this time we have decided that Saturday vigil mass and Sunday masses will be in the basement. For those not comfortable negotiating the stairs, in order to accommodate wheel chair accessibility, and for overflow seating, we will have two classrooms set up with video feeds. This arrangement will require the relocation of some Sunday Faith Formation classes during construction. Negotiations are underway to address this issue; we will keep you informed. Daily mass will be in the classroom. At this time, we have a great team working to make sure the transition goes smoothly and that we keep our sense of community.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:
While the conditional use process with the City of Portland has taken longer than originally anticipated, we are still on track for demolition to begin sometime mid-October in the Social Room, and then continuing into the sanctuary. We have a conditional use hearing that finalizes the process on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, and we will go for our building permit on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
We will be scheduling our last presentation for the project to the Archdiocese Building Commission in September, 2016. We also anticipate more input from Archbishop Sample as well.
Final bidding will take place during the month of August. By that time we will have the necessary input from the various departments at the City of Portland, as well as 100% construction documents for bidders. In addition to the General Contractor, the entire design team will be involved in this process.
The architects had a kitchen design meeting with the Knights of Columbus, Altar Guild and Peace and Justice for recommended equipment. The architects will be sharing the results of their research with these groups in early August.
Scheduling: As mentioned earlier, we are looking at demolition to begin mid-October, 2016 in the Social Room and continuing into the sanctuary. We should be out of the sanctuary by November 1. We are still looking at an August, 2017 completion.
Sound system: The architects have been working with our choir for sound system design and equipment purchase. A follow up meeting is scheduled in August.
Liturgical Sub-Committee: Deacon Mike Caldwell is leading a liturgical sub-committee to make sure we are in conformance with Catholic Church design and layout of all the necessary details that go into a Catholic Church. As part of this committee, Deacon Mike’s sub-committee (including a representative from Diloreto Architects) will also look at a selection process and design of a new stain glass window, which we would like to add to the new baptistery area in our remodeled church. If we get a donor for this window, the parish will provide input on the choice of design.
Should you have any questions or if you would like to provide input on the project, please see David Mastroieni, our Project Manager who will be in the Narthex before and after all masses this weekend. He can be reached at email@example.com.
We continue to receive pledges and donations. Our current total is $4,129,873 Million. Because we won’t have a final budget until August, we need to continue our fundraising efforts. We will continue to reach out to outside donors and parishioners. If you have not yet made a pledge, or if you can extend a current pledge, we ask that you prayerfully consider doing so now.
Because we won’t receive all the pledge payments until after the completion of the remodel, we are seeking a bridge loan. We will be making our request for that loan to the Archdiocesan Parish Funds Trust in early August.
On an administrative note, please remember to make out separate checks for your pledge payments and donations.
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