Lets Talk About Christmas on the Hottest Day of Spring (so far) (Diary of a Parish Priest)

6a0120a4f88a1c970b01a511d08afc970cAs many of you know, I have been reporting that our new church would be ready for worship by Christmas, 2014. The actual date we were given by the construction manager was quite a bit earlier, so we presumed that we would be safe to announce the date as Christmas. However the contractor has moved the “official finish date” twice and it is now around Christmas.

Those of you who have dealt with construction understand the delays that can multiply even without any major setbacks. Since no date we have been given has been accurate up until now, I am skeptical of a Christmas finish, although I am prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Even the new church with its expanded seating capacity was not designed for the crowds sometimes seen at Christmas, so perhaps it might make more sense to look at a New Year’s date. Tours of the almost completed new church at Christmas might be feasible.

You know by now, I hope, that with this blog and communications on Sunday, I try to keep you up to date with honest assessments about our project and our parish. I’ll keep you posted, especially if the completion date is moved officially by the contractor. We will do our part to encourage efficient construction and hope that Christmas 2014 remains an attainable goal.

From the Sublime to the Mundane

Sheating and roofing continued today. It was very consoling to see some tender loving care being lavished on our old church frame and heartening to see how her profile is taking its part in the overall profile of the new church.

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New sheathing and soffit on south side of church
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North transept and apse
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Diddle, diddle dumpling my son John…one shoe off and one shoe on.
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Much work continues in the basement, but it is not yet watertight. Here is the stairwell and elevator shaft to its left.
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There's a laundry room?
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We're trying to beautify the big pile of topsoil, but the weeds are growing faster than the wildflowers! Here are some cornflowers in bloom.
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And some cosmos trying to keep their heads above the weeds.

Stained Glass Window Locations

The tentative locations for each of our stained glass windows have been assigned. Two sets of three should be grouped together: 1) Patrick, Brigid, Colum (the patrons of Ireland) and 2) Francis, Life in the Events of Francis, Clare. We also made an effort to locate the Mary with Child window at a distance from the statue in the sanctuary.

Revised Window Schedule

The windows still available are "Life of St. Francis" and "St. Elizabeth Ann Seton."

 

Friday the Thirteenth Construction

Despite the foggy, rainy morning start, workers accomplished a great deal today. More of the roof sheathing from the original church was removed to expose the framework for the connection to the new church and laying of new sheathing.

Roof sheathing on the new roof construction continued and delivery of more shingles and underlayment was accepted and placed onto the roof for installation.

The architect sent three colors to be considered for the louvers in the church gables. (see below)

More revisions for the cartoon of Mary and the Apostles were reviewed and amended.

Approval was given for a thinner, but more efficient exterior insulation to comply with brand new building code regulations.

Final design drawings for the Rood (Crucifix) to hang in the sanctuary were refined.

And, oh yes, we had a deluge after all the workers went home!

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Old roof is readied for a new layer of sheathing
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Daylight reaches the old choir loft
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The last portions of roof to be completed
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Selection of louvre colors

 

 

 

 

The natural wood color of the church itself will weather to a warm grey color.

Friday The Thirteenth Construction

Despite the foggy, rainy morning start, workers accomplished a great deal today. More of the roof sheathing from the original church was removed to expose the framework for the connection to the new church and laying of new sheathing.

Roof sheathing on the new roof construction continued and delivery of more shingles and underlayment was accepted and placed onto the roof for installation.

Tentative assignments and identification was made for all available stained glass windows. (see below)

The architect sent three colors to be considered for the louvers in the church gables. (see below)

More revisions for the cartoon of Mary and the Apostles were reviewed and amended.

Approval was given for a thinner, but more efficient exterior insulation to comply with brand new building code regulations.

And, oh yes, we had a deluge after all the workers went home!

Locations and identity of the stained glass windows for the new church are shown.

Locations and identity of the stained glass windows for the new church are shown.

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