September 17, 2017

Friends,

We continue to pursue the Wish List which we presented to the parishioners at St Pius X parish. We replaced the roof and renovated the front entrance, put in new windows and painted the interior of the Church. We are about to begin a major phase in the renovation project. We have been told that we have to remove asbestos in the floor tiles, as it could become hazardous. On Sunday evening, October 1st, we will temporarily close St Pius X Church and Church hall. We hope the Church itself will reopen by Saturday, December 2nd (provided everything goes according to schedule). All of the benches and kneelers will be removed to replace the tiles and the rug. We will also be making the Sanctuary (area surrounding the altar) handicap accessible. The Sanctuary itself will be updated to conform with Vatican II guidelines. It will be much more welcoming for weddings and other liturgical celebrations. Both restrooms will also be renovated.

Meanwhile, work will begin simultaneously in the Church hall as we add 2 new restrooms and rehab the kitchen area. The lift that is now operational outside the Church will be removed after the hall is complete, and a new lift will be operational from indoors that will give us access to both the Church hall and the Church itself from the ground level. The work was put out to bid by the Archdiocese and an architect and contractors were selected, both of whom will work with John Matthews, our Chief of Finance and Operations, and the project will be overseen by the Property Management Department of the Archdiocese. The Church hall will hopefully be available in early February because of the extent of the work.

So, the Church will hopefully be ready in early December and the hall will be ready in early February. We are very happy to be able to have this work done, which will enhance our worship space and hall. This may inconvenience all of us, but the money is available because of the sale of St Pius X rectory and surrounding property. We estimate the cost of repairs to be $750,000.

This is a wonderful sign of a vibrant faith community and we want to accommodate our parishioners as best we can. The 4:00 PM and 10:30 AM weekend Masses, and the weekday Masses will be celebrated on the scheduled day, but the Masses will be celebrated at Most Precious Blood. In other words, every weekend we will celebrate the 4:00 PM Saturday Mass at Most Precious Blood (upper) and the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass at Most Precious Blood (upper). All parishioners at St Pius X and other parishioners in the Collaborative are welcome. The 9:00 AM morning Masses on Tuesday and Thursday normally at St Pius X, will be celebrated at Most Precious Blood (lower/chapel). Weekday Masses will be Mon -Fri at MPB, beginning on October 2nd. Of course all parishioners are always welcome at St Anne Church as well. Funerals and baptisms can be celebrated during these 2 months at either St Anne or Most Precious Blood. We realize how disappointing this can be especially for funerals, but we hope the parishioners will understand the necessity and the extent of the work to be done.

Because of the hall being closed as well, we are opening the Collaborative Center for the following activities. The MIL-PAR Seniors, Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon, monthly Isn’t Life Grand! Drawing, Adult Discussion Group, Bible Study, Secular Franciscans, Monthly Adoration and offertory counting.

We know this temporary change can lead to some confusion and angst among our parishioners and staff, but as the nuns used to say “patience is a virtue, possess it if you can.”

So to recap, the weekend Mass schedule will be as follows from October 2nd thru December 1:

  • St Anne; Saturday 4:00 PM and Sunday 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM.
  • Most Precious Blood; Saturday 4:00 PM and Sunday 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM, 5:00 PM Haitian Creole
  • We will not have the 5:30 PM Saturday Mass at MPB, during these 2 months.

Those who contribute by envelopes can be assured that their donations will go to their own parish. We know what the average collection is in each parish and we will assure the loose cash is distributed  appropriately.

Anyone who has a memorial Mass scheduled at St Pius X from October 2 –December 1st should call the Collaborative Center to confirm the Mass is at Most Precious Blood.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this process. If we all work together we will become a stronger faith -filled community. Our prayer is that all of our parishioners choose to celebrate in the Collaborative during this time and for years to come.

Enjoy Life!
Fr. Ron Coyne

 

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