July 1, 2007
My brothers and sisters,
As you all know, the construction has begun. I know it is somewhat of an inconvenience, and I continue to ask for your support during the next few months.
I have received suggestions from some of you, and I thank you for them. Over the weekend we had some confusion and I am hoping that these suggestions might help us during our renovation period.
First, I would like to ask you to be mindful of others coming into the pews. The side aisles are no longer available and you can only enter and exit the pews from the center aisle. If you are sitting at the end of the pew and do not feel comfortable moving in, then please exit the pew so your fellow parishioner can get in a little easier.
At collection time, there will be two ushers starting at the front of the church collecting towards the back of the church and two other ushers starting at the back of the church moving forward and hopefully they will all meet in the same spot. If you are sitting towards the back of the church, please know the usher will be coming from behind.
Most important is the reception of the Eucharist. The celebrant and the deacon or Eucharistic minister will distribute communion from in front of the altar and two others stations will be towards the rear center aisle. I know it was a little tight this past weekend and will continue to be that way for a while, but this is the best we can do with limited space at this time. If any of you have any other suggestions that might help, please feel free to let me know.
I met with the architect this past week about the addition of restrooms and meeting hall which will go between the church and rectory. I figure we don't have enough confusion and construction so why not add to it.
Thank you for your patience and your continued support. St. Patrick's needs you, and I ask you to continue to be a part of this time of renovation, addition and confusion. I promise we will all look back and smile and give thanks to God for all that we have accomplished.
Additional Construction Updates
May 13, 2007 Update