Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This week I would like to bring you up to speed to some of the projects that are happening.
CHURCH RESTORATION: We had some delay in the whole project, because we were not aware of the need for the approval from the Archdiocese. We are on the final stages of getting the green light to move ahead. The next step, which will start very soon, will be the flooring. In the meantime, we are working on giving the pews a fresh look. They all were sent to Lloyd’s in Hudson to be sanded and refinished. The kneelers are also going to be replaced by new ones. So when the pews come back, they will look like brand new! The painting process has been completed. The columns and a few touch ups here and there were the last part of it. This week we will start the process to get the organ repaired. At the original scope of work, it was decided that the organ would be restored, not replaced. Now we will search for the company to start that work.
PARISH WEBSITE: Fr. Przemek, Rob McCabe and Sara Servano have been working diligently on a new website for the past month. We changed our provider, to make sure that the website is secure and properly maintained. It will have a complete new look to it. They will write more about it in these coming weeks before the website goes live.
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Over this past year, our search committee has gone through the many resumes that applicants sent us. Most of them were from out of state, and a considerable amount were from out of the country. After the interview process, they commended me a person who was very happy to take the position. He was scheduled to start now at the beginning of September, but he had some setbacks and had to delay his start. We are looking at some different options as how to proceed. In the meantime, we are looking for local organists to cover our masses. Our Adult choir did start their rehearsals, and soon will start singing at the masses. The Children choir, however, will have to wait until we can find a solution to have someone accompanying them. We are doing our best to find and coordinate the music for all the masses. We are grateful to Mr. Kevin Lyczak who is playing the organ at some masses and the CME who is also helping us during this time.
As these projects develop and move forward, we will do our best to keep you all updated. Please feel free to stop me or call the office for further clarification.
Father Steven Clemence