Restore God’s House
On July 18th we had a little surprise. Shortly after the people had left the church from the 5 pm Saturday Mass and the parking lot emptied, a piece of the church came crashing down—a large corner section of terra cotta dropped 50 feet and shattered as it hit the ground. Fortunately no person or car was nearby. Only a large flowerpot was destroyed. The following Monday we got up close with a lift, cleaned up the site where the piece had broken away, and founded out that water, ice, and rust had pushed the cornice away from the brick wall, allowing the piece to break away under its own weight. We used this opportunity to see whether there were other pieces in similar conditions that could pose a potential hazard to people and property. Not only did we discover other such terra cotta pieces that could do the same, but we found other damage and potential hazards that need addressing. Engineering Survey of the Church Building ($10,000) identified three types of repairs:
- Emergency Life-Safety Repairs;
- Other Temporary Repairs to Prevent Further Damage;
- Long-Term Maintenance Plan Repairs to put the church structure in tip-top condition.
- Use of lifts for 2 month and fuel: $16,800
- Repair terra cotta Cornices similar to the one that fell—$7,500
- Pin terra cotta Cornices with dangerous cracks—$6,000
- Pin other cracked terra cotta units—$7,000
- Stabilize bowing terra cotta between Entrance Columns with mesh —$15,500
- Stabilize bulging North Tower Parapet with steel mesh—$12,000
- Stabilize cracked Cupolas due to rust in interior steel members—$10,000
- Stabilize cracked Window terra cotta tracery—$12,000
- Seal horizontal terra cotta to prevent water seepage into bricks beneath—$20,000
- Roofing repairs to prevent further water damage—$8,000
- Full Roof replacement—$250,000
- Full Repair of Entrance terra cotta—$250,000
- Rebuild cupolas—$250,000
- Replace front Parapet Wall (removed in 1992 for safety reasons)—$250,000
- Rebuild North Tower including its parapet and tuck point—$1,000,000
- Tuck point exterior of the whole church—$1,000,000
Guide us, Lord, as we work together offering our best in Your name, sharing our blessings as an expression of gratitude, and rejoicing in the opportunity to Restore God’s House. Guide us, Lord, as we work together remembering that all we do is for Your greater glory and honor, recognizing that everything in our lives comes from Your hand, and knowing that Your love is everlasting. Guide us, Lord, as we work together living our faith, trusting Your word, and believing in everyday miracles. Be our guide, Lord, and may the work we do always be pleasing in Your sight. Amen.
To everyone who reads this material, opens their homes to our volunteers, and makes the choice to help us Restore God’s House, we sincerely thank you. Not only for the financial commitment you are sharing on behalf of St. Mary of the Angels Parish, but also for your understanding that giving back − as an expression of thanksgiving − is part of being a good Christian steward. God bless you for your support, your prayers and your never-ending devotion.
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