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It’s hard to ignore the fact that indeed the Church Restoration project has not only started but is now underway in full force! Following up on the details shared at the Parish Wide Presentation on Sunday June 30th (information can be found on the Holy Name website - http://www.holynamebrooklyn.com/), there are a number of noteworthy updates to share with you:
- Phase one of the Shepherd’s Hall work is now complete. The cement footings and much of the steel work is done. The floor openings have been repaired to allow us to start Masses this weekend. The last time the Church basement was used for Mass was during the 1980’s renovation. The difference then it was set up as a Church, not a multi-use hall. The Parish leadership, Maintenance team and the Buildings Committee worked hard to set up Shepherd’s Hall and the Rectory basement into something spiritualty inviting and comfortable. While the work in Shepherd’ Hall is continuing during the week, know it’s all in preparation for our new “30 ton” marble altar and strengthening our 135 year old structure for the future.
- For these past few weeks, we think you would agree Church looked very bare. The good news is many of our treasures have been moved to support Mass downstairs. Those items that will not be used in our temporary spaces are safely stored away, protected and in storage. Items that will not be used in our project at all will not get thrown out. Many of the items such as the Altar of Sacrifice, Ambo, Lectern, etc. will be shipped to the Diocesan Office of Patrimony under the great care of Msgr. Bracken. He will find good homes for them.
- If you didn’t have a chance to look at our first draft paint color samples near the Sacristy entrance, we will reproduce the images downstairs. These and other combinations will be vetted. What a beautiful supplement to the many design features Baker Liturgical Art is bringing to our project.
- On Friday August 30th, we cleared one last hurdle in our project approval. The Parish Leadership, Buildings Committee and other stakeholders met with Fr. Frank Tumino and the Diocesan Liturgy Committee. The Committee’s objective to support parishes undertaking major capital improvement projects that impact the “Liturgical” elements and features of Diocesan worship spaces. They ensure the design and materials used are appropriate and “timeless”. I’m happy to report that our project and design was approved with high marks. Fr. Tumino and his team came away very impressed with our approach, the elements and the processes we are using.
- Changes are not only happening inside the Church but work will start on the outside of the building. Soon you’ll see scaffolding and rigging on the exterior doing much needed repair to our brick, steps, ramp and parts of the roof. We are doing everything we can to protect the beautiful restoration from the outside elements.