On Sunday, April 22nd, Bishop Barres celebrated the 10:00am Mass to dedicate the newly renovated Church. After Mass, a reception was held in St. Anthony's Hall.
We thank Lou Marchesi for providing us with photos from the Mass and reception. To view these pictures, please click HERE.
During Easter Sunday, when so many people came to our Church, many marveled at the renovated beauty of the Church. Some however were greatly disturbed by the fact that some of the windows are missing.
"Are you replacing the windows with clear plexiglass?" asked some. Others said, "Are you getting new windows?"
So, let's be clear.
The windows are the jewels of our Church. The need for repair of these windows came to us in 1985 during the time of the renovation of Father Fred Schaefer. There was no money at that time to do anything about the bad shape of the windows. In 2005, it was estimated that soon the windows would fall out of their frames unless something was done immediately.
It was the desire to restore these beautiful works of art that originally drove the campaign to renovate the Church in the first place. So next came the process of interviewing many vendors.
One vendor said that they could do the work at the cost of about one million dollars.
Another vendor said, "Let's just fix the windows that are in worst need and save the rest for another day."
Another vendor said, "I can work on the stained glass windows without removing them from the Church."
The vendor that was chosen, based on price and reliability, was Bovard Studios. They have had a long history of working on stained glass windows for many years, and restored many of our Churches on Long Island. Based in Iowa, this company is a leading artisan for stained glass repair and restoration.
So what is the process? Each window is removed. When possible, the existing plexiglass safety covering (installed sometime in the 60's), is left in place in order to afford the Church light and security. The upper windows, where there is no plexiglass safety covering, are replaced temporarily with plywood covering. Then the windows are shipped to Iowa where each window is disassembled, cleaned, re-leaded, and fitted back into a new custom-made aluminum frame with a separate channel for a clear protective glass covering. Then the whole unit is shipped back and re-installed in their new frames. The overall cost of the project is about a quarter of a million dollars.
The windows are being removed during the weeks of April 9th and April 16th. They will be returned to us in September! In the meantime, the Church will look a lot brighter -- but somewhat barren of its beauty. We pray that the work goes well and that our Church will shine even more beautifully come the fall!
Lawmakers are in the final days negotiating the 2018-19 State Budget, and aid for Catholic schools is at stake. Despite the support of legislators last year and this year to restore the "instructional time" formula upon which our schools receive mandated services reimbursement, there is stiff competition for limited resources. Unless this formula is restored, many of our schools will suffer a cut in their state funding.
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Our Church is finally opened now after two-and-a-half months of work. As you can see, there is still a number of projects that still need to be done in the Church. Here is a quick timetable:
Statue of the Sacred Heart: This will be placed on the side altar with the new “book of intentions” by Easter Sunday or Divine Mercy Sunday.
Pew Cushions: The new cushions covering all the pews will be put into place by the middle of April.
Wall Paintings: The paintings that have adorned the Church will be put into place over the next month.
Exterior Doors: The work on the front doors will be done sometime in the late summer or early fall, depending on the availability of funds.
Stained Glass Windows: In the middle of April, the remaining windows will be removed and
shipped to the stained-glass factory in Iowa. This tedious work of taking apart each window,
releading all the glass, placing the windows in new aluminum frames with new protective
plexiglass covering will happen over the course of the next four months. All the windows will
be retuned to the Church sometime in mid September.
Relocation of the air-handlers and upgrades to the air conditioning system. The overhaul of the air conditioning units (to allow them to be compliant with EPA regulations) as well as the relocation of the noisy air handlers will happen sometime in the fall of 2019, depending, again, on the availability of money.
While the amount of money that was pledged makes us confident that we will be able to
accomplish all of these tasks that yet need to be done in the Church, we are really dependent
upon people being faithful to their pledges. Since the time that our parish administration team
took over the process of reminding our donors about the pledges, there may well have been a
number of people who did not hear from us. Please, if you did make a pledge but have not
heard from us in the past six months, call the parish office and speak to Rob Cammarata so
that we can keep you in the billing cycle of pledge redemption.
Perhaps as you came in to the Church you were inspired to be part of the process of supporting
the renovation but did not have the opportunity to make a pledge. Again, I ask you to contact
Rob Cammarata at the parish office to make a pledge so that all of our intended projects can be
completed in a timely manner. You may contact Rob at 516-334-0021 ext. 336.
Pictures from Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday, and our Easter Vigil Mass are now on our website. (To access our Photo Gallery, please click HERE.)
Many thanks to Lou Marchesi for providing these photos.
Since the closing of the Church in January, we had to temporarily suspend Eucharistic Adoration on the weekday afternoons (Monday through Thursday). Now that we are back in the Church, we are so happy to be able to resume this wonderful practice.
Adoration takes place in the Church following the 12:10pm Mass until 5pm on Monday through Thursday.
Join Father Martin in his adult formation series entitled: “Life in Christ: The Art of Moral Decision Making.”
Throughout this year, in honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the promulgation of the Universal Catechism of the Catholic Church, we have had three-week series on each of the four parts of the catechism. Father Martin will be making a three-week presentation on Mondays, April 16, 23 and 30 on the third part of the catechism: “Life in Christ.” Living the Christian life involves making decisions that best incorporate the values of the gospel.
This three-week series will take place in the school library at 7:30pm. See the tear-off registration form in the bulletin - or call 334-0021 x300 to register.
Our diocesan liturgy office will soon offer training to individuals who seek to be extraordinary ministers of holy communion serving at Mass and/or serving the sick and home bound. If you are interested, please leave your name with Fr.Tony at the parish center so that we can further discuss the possibility of your serving in this beautiful ministry.
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