Dear brothers and sisters in Christ
I hope you and your families are doing well.
On this Stewardship Sunday, September 19, 2021, I would like to thank you for your stewardship—for the support you have been giving to the Maintenance Fund that was established in the parish five years ago. Through that Fund, we have been able to do some repairs in the parish including the repair of the several broken stained-glass windows. The Fund is also helping us to continue to maintain the premises in good safe condition. This letter is to provide you with an update on a couple of issues, issues that we have encountered here recently.
Over the past year, we have had some unfortunate water leakage into the main area of Msgr. Percy Johnson Hall as well as into various other rooms under the church. Water damage is evident in more than half a dozen locations. For those that have managed to visit the Hall recently, you will notice areas of paint bubbling up and peeling off the concrete walls, while other dry walled areas show water stains from the water infiltration. This problem will only get worse as time goes on. We fear more serious issues arising from this water leakage, namely-the weakening of the structures and the growth of mould, which would be problematic and potentially dangerous to our parishioners.
While we installed six air conditioning units about 26 years ago to service the church’s various air conditioning needs, currently not all of them are working.
Over the past few years our Maintenance Fund has helped us to repair and to maintain some of the units of the system. However, due to the age of the units, we have been spending a lot of money to maintain them. We have also noticed that these working units will not be able to cool the church when the church is full to capacity during very warm summer temperatures.
Our Lady of Peace has determined that these two problems (the water leakage and the air conditioning system) must be addressed. We have already begun to do our due diligence by engaging professionals in the areas of HVAC and waterproofing to assess each situation. Detailed assessments of the issues have been made and recommendations have been provided which should address the problems.
While we are still working with some potential suppliers on finalizing the ultimate final scope and cost of these two projects, the approximate costs will be around $28,000 for the HVAC project and somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000 for the waterproofing work. The total cost of somewhere around $48,000 will be difficult to absorb.
Some more details and pictures will be available on our website for those wishing to obtain more information.
The OLP Finance Council has decided that we will need to use your donations to the Maintenance Fund to pay for these two very important issues which need to be addressed in the very near future. We hope that with your help and generosity to the parish we will be able to make the necessary repairs to ensure the safety of the buildings and the safety and comfort of God’s people.
Thank you for your support to Our Lady of Peace parish.
May God Bless us all.
Fr. Yaw and the Finance Council
September 17, 2021