On the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven...

posted Aug 14, 2010, 12:29 PM by STA Woodhaven   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 3:15 PM by STAWoodhaven Webmaster ]

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven.  Mary, as the First Disciple, continues to encourage us on our individual journeys as she is assumed body and soul into Heaven.  Her faithful witness is a challenge to us as believers to follow her example of trust and acceptance of God’s will in our own lives.  May we, by our lives of faithful service, seek to more closely model the Jesus we follow, so that we too may one day enjoy that place prepared for us specifically by God.  

Over the summer, much maintenance work has been accomplished and continues to take place through your generous support.  Unfortunately, buildings and classrooms don’t paint themselves, or maintain a pristine condition when they are used as much as ours.   Please know that together with Saint Thomas Staff we are making every effort to ensure that our buildings continue to support the many programs and groups that keep Saint Thomas vibrant and alive. 

Please note that the work in preparation for the 100th Anniversary repairs and renovations continue to take place.  The engineering report on Monsignor Mulz Hall is almost complete and preparation work to assess the condition of our Church continues.  These close examinations of our buildings are helping to determine the costs associated with keeping these buildings in service into the future. 

The early engineering reports are confirming what was initially reported by Cow Bay Construction that the Gym is in need of close to $500,000. in repairs.  You may also recall that these emergency repairs, along with needed upgrades and repairs to the Church would probably also run close to an ADDITIONAL $500,000.  when all is said and done.   I would hope you would be aware that this type of money is not just sitting in our bank accounts.  In the same way, the repairs being considered are not optional, since our buildings especially the Church are aging rapidly, (like us all!) 

Obviously, there is a great deal of planning, work and prayer that must be done.  I will keep you abreast of the required projects, the costs associated with these projects and the Capital Campaign that will seek the added funds for these projects.  Please know that I will make every effort to share the burden of these works with all those who call Saint Thomas the Apostle their parish.

May Mary’s example of trust, and the trust of Saint Thomas our patron – guide us in achieving these goals so that we may continue to give Glory to God in this part of the World.    Please continue to consider your part in all that has been, and is yet to be revealed.