Update from Fr. Fitzgerald

09-02-2018Pastor's LetterRev. Richard W. Fitzgerald, V.F.

Most of the stone replacement and repair work on the bell tower is almost complete and we should begin to see the removal of that portion of the scaffolding within the next couple of weeks. The repairs to the stained glass which has been removed from the Rose Window are complete and the windows have been reinstalled and the copper framing repaired.

We have raised $126,747 collected and $12,617 pledged toward a goal of $150,000. If you have not received a mailing, you may pick one up at the entrances of the church. Also, if you wish to contribute by credit card online, click here and follow the directions.

A note from Father Fitzgerald about parish finances

The emergency work on the church Rose Window and Bell tower has raised our awareness of the fact that the parish has no provision for funding unexpected facilities maintenance issues. The overwhelming majority of parishes in the Archdiocese have a monthly facilities maintenance second collection to cover such needs. Of the six parishes that I have been assigned to over the past 31 years, Saint Columbkille Parish is the only parish that does not have such a provision for special maintenance issues.

With the support of our parish finance council and parish pastoral council, it has been decided that beginning in September, on the second Sunday of each month, Saint Columbkille Parish will have a monthly second collection for Facilities Maintenance. The special envelope for this collection was supposed to be included in the envelopes mailed out for September. However, the envelope company made a mistake and the envelopes will not be in the mailing until November. In the meantime, envelopes for the second collection on the second weekend of September and October will be at the entrances of the church. You may pick one up as you enter or leave the church. Hopefully, your generosity to this collection will enable the parish to keep pace with the ongoing maintenance issues of such a large and aging complex.

Our ancestors built these buildings with much financial sacrifice. We have an obligation to maintain the legacy of their hard work and commitment by preserving what they left to us. Your generosity to this collection each month will be greatly appreciated.

La recaudación de fondos para el trabajo estructural en el frente de la iglesia La mayoría del trabajo de reparación y reemplazo de piedra en el campanario está casi completa y se comenzará la remoción de esa parte del andamio en unas próximas semanas. Las reparaciones de las vidrieras de “Rose Window” están completas y las vidrieras se han reinstalado y se ha reparado el marco de cobre. Hemos recaudado $ 107,076 (recaudados) y $12,725 (comprometidos) con una meta de $ 150,000. Si no ha recibido un correo, puede recoger uno en las entradas de la
iglesia. Además, si desea contribuir con tarjeta de crédito, visite nuestro sitio web, www.stcolumbkillebrighton.com , por favor haga clic en "Support Us Today" y siga las instrucciones.

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