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We have reached substantial completion of our church and it has been dedicated, and work now continues on our Parish Community Center. Piles are being driven and completion is expected in the late spring or early summer of 2014. This facility will have a large open meeting room and bathrooms. Construction should not interfere substantially with the operation of the parish nor with parking by the adoration chapel.
The large Divine Mercy image in stained glass, produced by Art & Design by Ruth Goliwas, as well as the Joyful Mysteries stained glass (from Nativity of Our Lord church, also produced by Ruth Goliwas) and the Twelve Apostles stained glass doors, have all been installed in the building that will become, on November 16, Divine Mercy Catholic Church.
The Dedication Mass, on November 16 at 6:00 pm, is a long (a little more than two hours) but beautiful liturgy, celebrated by the Archbishop, to which a parishioners and friends of Divine Mercy Parish are all invited. The doors will be locked at the beginning and the liturgy starts outside, in the large plaza in front.
Attehhofer's Stained Glass Studios has installed the Joyful Mysteries stained glass which was in Nativity of Our Lord Church. The stained glass, located now in the room to become the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel in our new church, is the work of Ruth Goliwas, a local liturgical artist, who also is producing our Divine Mercy Stained Glass, to be installed in the front window of our new church.
Post Architects has provided us with an updated rendering of our new church. It can be downloaded here.
Our new church will be finished this fall and we will soon start on our new Parish Community Center. As we move into the home stretch with Phase I of our building project and capital campaign "Fulfilling Our Promise," we invite you to join in! Make a pledge today by filling out pledge card in the back of church, by calling the parish office at (504) 466-5016, or make a new pledge by using online giving. Or you can view and print a pledge card here.
Don't think your gift won't be missed. It will!
Special Gift Opportunities are still available for those who wish to use them. To view an updated list, click here.
Make plans to attend our new church dedication on Saturday, November 16 at 6:00 pm. Archbishop Gregory Aymond will be the celebrant of this beautiful and moving Mass in which what is now just a building will become a church, a house of worship. Guided by the Director of the Archdiocese Office of Worship, Msgr. Ken Hedrick, a committee is currently working on planning this very involved celebration, which begins outside the building which is to become the church.
That weekend, there will be no other Saturday vigil Masses.
The construction of our new church continues as scheduled. Meanwhile, the Archdiocese has granted permission for us to proceed with the construction of a Parish Community Center, with anticipated completion some time next year. Although designed, the Parish Community Center was not included in the church construction contract in order to stay in budget. The Parish Community Center will include a large open meeting area, a warming kitchen, and bathrooms. The Archbishop, as well as our parish Building Committee, Finance Council, and Pastoral Council, were convinced of the need for such a facility on the same site as our new church.
Phase II construction (educational facilities) will begin once our post-Phase I parish debt principal is reduced to $3.7 million. This reduction will take place through capital campaign donations, a capital contribution of $150,000 plus $20,000 annual rent from Verizon Wireless for locating their antennae in our bell tower, proceeds from the sale of the Nativity of Our Lord Church site (currently marketed for $2.1 million), plus parish surplus operating income ($350,000 annually until NOL site is sold, then $440,000 annually.) Although we didn't yet meet our minimum capital campaign goal, the Archdiocese sees the importance of Phase II to our parish, and wanted to continue to provide a concrete goal which would trigger Phase II. Because we won't be starting Phase II immediately, the Archdiocese will charge us interest starting in January 2014, but, until Phase II starts, all payments made will be applied only to the debt principal for the purposes of reaching our benchmark of $3.7 million. Once Phase II is completed, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Site can then be sold to bring the debt down to a manageable level.
The parish rectory is almost finished, and the priests should be moving into the rectory this summer. The rectory is being built and paid for by parishioners Henry and Pat Shane, who will swap it for the current rectory at the Nativity of Our Lord site.
To make a pledge to our "Fulfilling Our Vision" capital campaign, click here, or call the parish office at (504) 466-5016.