Dearly Beloved in Christ:
In March of 2017, the Archdiocese contracted Zero/Six Consulting Firm, specialized in architecture enveloping, to inspect the conditions of the exterior building envelope of St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica. In their extensive report to the archdiocese, they identified significant repair works that are needed at the basilica and prioritized these into 4 different categories, depending on their nature. Earlier this year (in March), Zero/Six reevaluated St. Mary’s and discovered even further deterioration in areas like the crawl space, walls, bell tower, etc.
I am delighted to announce that last month, the archdiocese approved a contract for Zero/Six to proceed with the needed renovation work. The scope of the work includes, but is not limited to: crawl space improvement (ventilation, drainage, etc.); replace copper roofs, ornamental crosses and provide new storm protection on both spires; window repairs (stained glasses and wood frames); provide new structural bracing of west parapet; seal breaches in exterior building envelope; reinforce original wood (floor) framing, wood doors and frames in church; and bell tower repairs (rework louvers, repair copper roof, and clean/paint statue).
This will be an extensive renovation work and is estimated to cost the archdiocese $1,622,251.00. As pastor of Holy Family parish, I am grateful to the archdiocese for their assistance with this expense. On our own part, we will consider making a donation toward this renovation work. I will be consulting with the Finance Council regarding this.
We hope to begin renovation work at Sacred Heart rectory soon. Once this is completed, it will become the residence for a group of nuns from the Congregation of the Handmaid of the Holy Child Jesus (HHCJ). One of them, Sr. Betty Kalu HHCJ, will serve as our new DRE.
There is really so much going on in our parish! The repair work on the window in the front tower of St. Patrick’s is now complete – no more scaffolding! Last week, members of the Men’s ACTS group graciously cleaned up the cemetery at Holy Family Catholic School.
As important as these renovations works are, nothing is more essential than building up the body of Christ, starting with our children. Our Holy Family School is on the rebound. I invite you to join us in the rebuilding process. Let’s work to bring the children closer to Christ! (See: Luke 18:15-17).
We are one Holy Family parish, united in the joy of the Holy Spirit and in charity, as missionary disciples.
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Jude Ekenedilichukwu Ezuma