Thank you to those who attended the Kickoff Reception for the “Honoring our Past…Building our Future” Restoration Campaign the weekend of May 17-18. Your presence and participation in this very important and historic endeavor will ensure that St. Ann Church will flourish both spiritually and physically for many generations to come.
During the reception, a very nostalgic and informative presentation was given by our architect, John Nastasi. He walked us through the building of our Church and provided historical photos of its renovation history through the years. He then described how the Church has aged over the years and explained the extensive repairs required to complete the restoration.
John disclosed that the restoration will be performed in phases. Phase 1 will address the exterior of the Church which includes the resetting of the tile roof, the replacement of the windows, gutters and pointings and the replacement of the HVAC system, which is currently in progress. We will begin with the exterior because it needs to be properly sealed to prevent and inhibit further water leakage into the Church, which is the main source of damage to the interior. Phase 2 will address the interior of the Church which includes plastering, painting and all the finishing work. A detailed listing of all repairs can be found in the campaign folder and brochure.
Our restoration campaign goal is $2.5 million, pledged to be paid over 3 years. While this may sound like a huge amount of money, it is a very realistic goal based on the repairs required. And it is with a grateful heart that I am pleased to share that through the generosity of many people, our total pledge commitment to date is $400,000, a true sign of God’s graces present in this campaign.
I would like to share further blessings on our campaign. Our architect is providing his time, talent and service, pro bono to this restoration effort. Additionally, a member of our committee, Casey Campbell, who comes with prior experience in running capital campaigns, has also offered her time and talent.
For those of you who did not attend, you will be receiving a campaign folder in the mail containing a letter from me, our campaign brochure, a pledge form for your financial commitment to this campaign, a return envelope for your pledge, a suggested gift plan and our campaign prayer card, which I encourage you to keep close and recite every day. These materials will also be available in back of the Church.
In order to keep you all up-to-date on our progress, we will be updating the website to include a section for the Restoration Campaign. Updates will be provided in the bulletin and our progress will be communicated at Mass regularly.
Please ask Our Lord to direct you in your generosity to do what you can to help make this restoration effort a success. May God bless you abundantly for your generosity.
Peace and Blessings!