As we launch into August this weekend, we are conscious of how quickly the summer passes and how soon the fall season approaches with its resumption of school, religious education and regular parish activities. While we can bemoan the passing of summer and the ever earlier fading of daylight, we must not lose sight of the fact that a great measure of pleasant weather lies ahead of us before the darkness and chill of winter descend once again. So continue to make the most of the time at hand.
With that in mind, the replacement of the parking lot is scheduled to begin this week. The contract has been awarded to O&G Industries, a company with vast experience in paving and road construction, having received numerous state construction contracts. So we know that the work which will be done will be first rate.
A few points are in order by way of reminder. The parking lot project will commence each morning at 7:00 and run through the daylight hours, ending in the late afternoon. Daily Masses for the month of August, Monday through Friday, will be celebrated at 6:30 AM, so that everyone will be clear of the premises by 7:00 thereby expediting the repaving process. The Saturday morning Mass will be celebrated at the usual time of 7:30. There will no changes to the regular Sunday Mass schedule. Funerals will be limited to one per day, if at all possible. Evening activities will take place, but parking access may be constricted. On weekends, owing to the progress of the project, there will be restrictions on parking as needed. I ask the cooperation of one and all. It is imperative that the project be completed by August 27 for the first day of school. One additional note: the new parking lot will not be reČlined until sometime in late September or early October. So we will all need to exercise caution in parking for Mass until the lines are drawn.
The cost of this project is not insignificant, around $350,000, all of which will be drawn from our substantial parish endowment. This eliminates the need for a major capital campaign at this time. To that end, I once again tip my hat and express my gratitude to Father Francis Seggel who served as pastor of St. Mary from 1980 until his death in December of 1993. Please remember him in your prayers. He was a master of financial management and it is because of him that we have the endowment that we do even as we remain mindful of the good stewardship exercised by both Father James Cronin and the various members of the finance oversight committees through the years.
It is important to note that the current parking lot was installed when the church was built in 1955. It was capped once during the ensuing years, sometime in the 1980's.Have a wonderful week!
Rev. Aidan N. Donahue
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