Church Restoration Activities

Church Restoration Activities

  • The corner arch beam repair was completed on 21 January. 
  • Replacement brick has arrived. 
  • The stain glass window pane will be repaired and installed over a new custom-built casement window.  
  • The replacement clavinova was received before Christmas. 
  • New church pews to replace the damaged pews are on order. 
  • The pews will be removed to facilitate carpet removal and new floor covering installation.   Pew kneeler coverings will be replaced. 

Church Renovation Activities
The Renovation Committee have been developed renovation plans for the church floor covering, ceiling lighting and church and hall audio system.  Our insurance is providing funding to replace the church carpeting as a result of the truck accident.  We, our parish, will pay the additional cost of replacing carpet with a combination of hardwood, porcelain tile and carpeting.

  • An engineered hardwood floor has been selected for the sanctuary.
  • Porcelain tile has been selected for under the pews. 
  • Carpeting color is yet to be finalized for the aisles, walk ways, sacristy, and cry room.    

Two objectives are being sought for our church lights, (1) eliminate the light fixture loosening failure mode when replacing bulbs and (2) improve light intensity.  Our lowest cost solution that meets our objectives is to modify our existing light fixtures versus buying replacement fixtures.  We are soliciting quotes from several electrical contractors to modify the light fixtures with these requirements.

  • Eliminate the joint components causing fixture rotation.
  • Position the lamp fixture lower in the shade to broaden the light cone.
  • Add a second LED lamp in the fixture.
  • Add a light diffuser at the bottom of the shade to disperse light more broadly.

These light upgrades will provide light intensity that meets the Illuminating Engineering Standard (IES) for churches.
Initial inspection of our church and hall audio system revealed that the church corner satellite speakers and the hall west two ceiling speakers are not functioning.  Conference Technologies, Inc., (CTI) is an audio systems distributor in Davenport.  They are being retained to inspect, repair and balance speaker volumes and determine if further enhancements to our audio system components are warranted.

Renovation costs are being determined.  Payment for these renovations may come from the Diocesan Aid account.  A capital funding campaign is being considered to replenish this fund.

Renovation Committee Activities

In May 2018, numerous Parish members were polled to determine Parish improvement priorities.  Parish members overwhelmingly recommended replacement of the church carpeting and lighting and sound system improvements, all of which are more than thirty years old.  The Renovation Committee (RC) was formed in early October 2018 to develop plans to implement the wishes of the parishioners.  Following several RC meetings, a truck ran into the corner of the church on 25 October so the RC temporarily halted its work.

As the RC developed a better understanding of the repair process, several aspects emerged:  1) Our insurance will cover substantially all the damage and associated repair to our church; 2) It is estimated that we will not be able to use the church itself for services until Spring 2019; 3) Because of damage to the existing carpet, the carpet in the entire church will need to be replaced and will be paid for by insurance.   Our old carpet color is no longer available; 4) To replace the carpet will require all pews to be removed.

In light of the pews having to be removed, it presents an ideal time to replace the light and sound systems prior to putting in new flooring  We have reactivated the RC and we are looking at various floor covering options.  Insurance will pay to provide similar quality carpet to what we have today; however, many parishioners have suggested we consider other floor covering options, which we are doing.  There may be a cost increase compared to what insurance will cover and the Parish will need to make up any difference.  The committee has retained John Mahon, an architect from Bracke, Hayes, Miller, Mahon Architects LLP to assist us in developing proposals for floor covering in the church nave and sanctuary, ceiling lights for the entire church and audio system improvements for the church and church hall.  We also need to assess how the Parish will fund any improvements the RC recommends.

The RC will communicate updates as we progress.  Your Renovation Committee (RC) members are: Father Tony Ego, Roberto Alleruzzo, Willie Dukes, Mary Heiar, Henry Hicks, Randy Jaminet, Jack and Mary Knepp, John Kratt, Mary Ann Lapaczonek, Emil Maslanka, Ron and Peg McDermott, Brian and Camy Stone and Aaron Venker.  Please direct any questions you might have or share your comments with committee members.