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We are planning to renovate the church in 2017!
The church was built over 30 years ago and has seen minimal updates. Although we have done our best to keep it up, the carpets are stained and coming apart and need to be replaced. That is where our journey started.
To make the changes to our Sacred space, we enlisted the help of the Buildings and Property Department at the Diocese (which is a requirement when doing renovations).
While looking at our space, we talked about updating and streamlining the space, to ultimately make the focus the Tabernacle on the Altar, as it should be.
We have been working with an architect and contractor to finalize the plans with the following guidelines in mind:
1) We will not accumulate any debt for this project
2) We will have a new confessional, placed in the sanctuary
allowing for more confidentiality.
3) The seating and flooring for the space will all be consistent.
We are super excited as we we have been blessed with the gift of receiving pews, Altar and Ambo from a newer parish, that is also going through a renovation. This gift is saving us hundreds of thousands of dollars, allowing our renovation to happen!
Once the final layouts are available, we will share them with you as well as have an informational meeting with the team available to answer any questions you may have.
In the mean time, please keep us in your prayers!
Renovation Update 4/6/17
Easter will be our last celebration in the sanctuary as we see it today! Daily Masses will take place in the hall beginning
Tuesday, April 18th!
Renovation Update - 3/13/17
Demolition of the current space is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 17th! During that week, all liturgical items will be transferred to the hall, which will be used as our worship space during the renovation.
Renovation Update - 4/27/17
We celebrated our 1st Masses in the Hall this weekend. Thank you everyone for your patience as we work out a few logistic changes. We have also moved the Parish Office to the Hall during this time for your convenience.
We are 1 month into our renovation and things are going well. The demolition went quick....which is a good sign. We were able to help 2 non-denominational churches by donating our old pews. The chapel and new confessional are all framed up. We are working on the additional framing this week and will be starting on the sheet rock next week. Our Lady of Joy in Carefree started their demolition this week and we have started to receive our new pews as well as 60 padded chair w/ kneelers that we will use in the choir area, confessional and family room!
We continue to be on schedule with the renovation.
The main offices had new carpet installed last week. We have done some cleanup and rearranging of the furniture as well. We look forward to working in the updated space..
In the main church they are working on:
· Lighting - all of the new lighting will be LED!
· Drywall repair and patching - including some older areas on the ceiling from water damage years ago. Once this is done, the entire space will get textured and a fresh coat of paint!
· Audio - running the lines for the new sound system!
The work continues.....they are still putting up drywall and working on the finishing so the ceiling can be painted. Once that is done the tile work will begin!
We have more than 1/2 of our pews on site. We are looking to have some repair done to the finish. Although they are new to us, they are used pews. If you know anyone that does oak repair and refinishing and may be interested in do the job, please have them contact the parish office.
Renovation Update 7/18/17
Progress is being made daily, although our completion date is looking to fall in the middle of August. Please continue to pray for the completion of the project.
The texturing and painting are under way, about 1/2 way done in the main church area. We expect the painting to be complete by the end of the week.
They have started to lay the tile on the main sanctuary and should start the main church floor this week.
Cabinets in the choir area are being installed on 7/19, just before the carpet tiles are laid.
New Art is Coming to the Sanctuary and Chapel 9/15/18
While Fr. Pawel was in the Holy Land this summer with a group of 25 pilgrims, 2 beautiful pieces of art work called out to him while shopping in The Good Shephard Christian Store. These beautiful hand made icons are the work of one of the small Christian Communities still living in the Holy Land. By creating these and many other religious items, they make their living. Did you know there are only 2% of Christians live in the land that our Lord walked!!
The Mystical Supper will be displayed over the confessional in the main church
'The Mystical Supper' is the translation of the Greek words on top of the painting. Greek had been the language of international communication and education for centuries before and after Jesus in southern Europe and the Middle East. That is why it also became the primary language of the Church in that region. In Greek are also the abbreviations above Jesus’ head. “IC” stands for ‘Jesus’ and “XP” for ‘Christ’. The Greek words in Jesus’ halo are Greek translation of the Hebrew “Yahweh”. In English the name is rendered as “I am who I am”.
What can we see?
All Christians will immediately recognize Jesus in the middle. Most will guess that the others are the 12 Apostles. Even with no knowledge of Greek, we will assume it may be the Last Supper.
What may we overlook?
If we go back to 1 Cor 12 about the Church as the Body of Christ, we will remember that the Bible views each one of us as equally important within our communities. It is in a circle and not in a pyramid how God sees us in relation to one another.
Jesus as the Head
Jesus is painted bigger than his companions. In arts, it is called “inverted perspective”: the persons in front are smaller than Jesus farther back. Our church communities are not democracies of pals but brothers and sisters around Jesus as the source of wisdom and power and unity.
Yes, yes, we know: the bread. But we sometimes forget what it means.
We are capable of joining a Christian community only if we learn to receive – to be fed – by God.
We are capable of finding peace only if we learn to be as simple as the Bread.
We are capable of finding our mission only if we learn to become like the Bread.
We are capable of enjoying our communities only if we learn that everyone has a place and an assignment; that everyone else is different than ourselves but that is exactly as it should be.
In their artwork, Western painters cast light at Jesus from some angle. Typically for the Eastern tradition icons, Jesus is the source of light in the painting. We can see that in our icon as well. Behind Jesus’s head, we can see the halo or nimbus – a symbol of the Sun as the source of light and life and power. Our communities can function only as long as He is our Teacher.
The festive decoration
Jesus never opposed fun or enjoyment of life. He opposed sin. It is Christian to celebrate, to enjoy, each other’s company, to enjoy beautiful objects. The Bible describes Heaven as celebration.
The wood board
This material as background for a painting of Jesus echoes the Good News of his words and actions: God is simple. Happiness is found by following Jesus in simplicity. Far from being disgusted by us, God reaches out from his holiness to us in our sinful reality. He is comfortable with us and around us. He is comfortable on a wood board.
Personally, I can be sure about two of them. The young man leaning on Jesus is John the Gospel Writer. His deeper understanding of Jesus’ message – compared to the rest of the Apostles – is illustrated here by his physical closeness to Jesus. The older man on the other side of Jesus is Peter.
The Holy Family image will be in the Chapel.
'The Holy Ones / The Saints' - That is the translation of the Greek words in the top left corner of the painting. In the right corner we see ‘Joseph’ in Greek. On the left we see the abbreviations for ‘Mother of God’, and - above Jesus’ head - “IC” and “XP” which stand respectively for ‘Jesus’ and ‘Christ. The Greek words in Jesus’ halo are Greek translation of the Hebrew “Yahweh”. In English the name is rendered as “I am who I am”.
What do you feel looking at this icon?
Have you noticed…
…the affection? Their heads and faces turned toward one another, their arms protecting each other.
…the unity in love? Expressed by their bodies forming together a bigger whole. Even the folds of their clothes align toward the center.
…the unity in diversity? Each having his/her own name as well as separately colored clothes.
…the wood board? Read more about it above.
Typically for the Eastern monastic icon tradition, Jesus put two of his fingers together. This gesture reminds us of his two natures: He is both 100% God and 100% human.
Typically for the Eastern monastic icon tradition, Mary wears a blue undergarment and a deep wine red overgarment. This symbolizes that she is human (blue) but received God-like holiness (red).
Sanctuary Icons of Mary and Joseph 4/29/18
After the completion of the renovation, there was one thing Liturgically missing from the Sanctuary. Mary and Joseph should both be represented near Jesus in the tabernacle.
The new mosaic icons of Mary and Joseph were hand made for us in Beruit, Lebonon.
We choose Mary kissing Jesus, which shows the loving mother that she is. Joseph the Worker was chosen to help remind the men in the parish of their rolls in supporting their family...and that Joseph worked for his.
Icons Are Coming 1/17/18
In November, we asked for your suggestion on which icons to purchase for our new space - and here are the top 5 that you picked:
The icons will be ordered in the next few weeks and with the help of the Pastoral Council, we will get them hung in the space.
In addition to these icons, we are working on 2 mosaics for the walls on the Altar, of Mary and Joseph.
Many thanks to all that took the time to turn in your selections.
We would like to thank everyone that participated in the Bake Sales after Masses, the proceeds is going to help cover the cost of a few of the icons.
Also, the proceeds from the upcoming Salmon and Shrimp Taco nights during Lent will help cover the costs as well.
Renovation Update 11/3/17
Renovation Update 8/23/17
On Saturday, 8/19 29 1st Communion and Confirmation candidates celebrated in the Renovated church! It was a close call for our General Contractor, SKW as they put in quite a bit of OT to get as much done as possible.
We were honored to host Bishop Olmsted for a Mass of Thanksgiving in the new space on Sunday the 20th at 12:00 pm.
We are back to using the main church for daily Mass as we finish the Chapel and a few details that still need to be completed.