Construction Remodel Update (7/1/2021)
We are 9 weeks into the project, and another 8 weeks to completion. Walls are sheet rocked and painted, the bathroom ceramic tile is in, the new youth room is taking shape, and the large multi-purpose room is going to be amazing! The front lobby area is looking modern, bright and spacious, while the office renovation is going to provide so much more functionality. In the next two weeks, we’ll see cabinetry and carpet installed in the office area. In early August, we’ll be moving back into the offices and in mid-September the Education Area will be done.
Stay tuned for further updates, and if you have any questions about the project, feel free to call the parish office!
Construction Remodel Update (5/13/2021)
The project kicked off three weeks ago on April 19. Terra Construction and their subcontractors immediately started the demo work, and within one week, the Education Center and Office were virtually gutted. New footings have been poured, stud walls are going up in the Office, structural beams are being set and the rough-in for plumbing, electrical and HVAC will be complete in the next two weeks. The contractor is right on schedule and we remain within our budget.
Though the project is extremely disruptive to normal parish operations – especially the adoration chapel and the garage sale – everyone has been patient and understanding with the noise, mess and chaos. While we’re still in the early stages, we can begin to see how this remodel will benefit the parish in the long-term. The new multi-purpose space in the Education Center is going to be nice for larger events. The new Youth Room will be modernized and inviting. The old Youth Room will be divided with a movable partition, allowing for even greater flexibility. In addition, we’ll be adding a few new office spaces for that allows the deacons to have a space, as well as a couple areas for future growth.
Lastly, at the request of our general contractor, we ask that all parishioners stay out of the construction area for liability reasons. We hope to setup tours in the next few weeks for those who are interested in seeing the progress.
CONSTRUCTION REMODEL UPDATES
In case you weren’t at Mass last weekend, Fr. Eilen mentioned that, because of the recommendation of the Finance Council and the fact that generous donors stepped up with funding, he has decided to proceed with the construction remodel of not just the Education area and Lobby area, but also the Office area. This is an exciting opportunity to renovate some key parts of our 40-year old spaces so they can serve the community for decades to come! But with the excitement comes some temporary challenges for both our staff and parishioners.
Parish Office Entrance – The staff will be relocating to other parts of the building, and we are changing the Parish Office entrance to the North Gathering doors (Door 7N). Effective April 19, if you need to come to the Parish Office, please follow the signs and enter through this door. You will be greeted at the door and assisted as normal. This will be in effect through the majority of the summer months.
Adoration Chapel Entrance – The entry doors for Adoration Chapel (Door S2) will now remain locked. Regular Adorers will use the access code to enter the building, and guests can enter through the new Office entrance (Door 7N) and walk through the building to the chapel.
Other Affected Areas – The Education Area will be mostly closed during construction, but Youth Formation will continue! Our team has adapted to the construction so they can continue with classes and youth ministry activities. They’ll be communicating with our families throughout the construction period.
Our Vision Through 2025
St. Patrick has a long and rich history dating back to 1871, and we celebrate those continuous 150 years of Catholic tradition. For the first time in decades, St. Patrick is debt-free and ready to invest in its well-documented mission of “Love God, Neighbor and Self.” We recently closed the chapter on Vision 2020, our strategic plan that guided us for the past 6 years, and the Holy Spirit calls us to continue the good work, to “Press On!”
That’s the name of our new strategic plan – Press On Toward the Goal – using the words of St. Paul to the Philippians (3:14). It was a message that was relevant back then, and its extremely relevant in the messiness of today’s world. More than ever, Catholic Christians need to Press On with our baptismal call to share the Good News with others, much like the early Apostles! And you can see from our logo that we continue to stay committed to the four pillars of our faith at St. Patrick: Prayer, Service, Hospitality and Formation. We’ll accomplish this vision – under the guidance of the Holy Spirit – with three Key Initiatives:
- Spiritual Growth – we will continue to invest in the spiritual needs of each of you, with more awareness of Adoration within our community and increase the number of Adorers; create a clearer vision for Music Ministry; emphasis on all vocations; and continued innovation in youth ministry. All of this will be summed up in our efforts to form and send Disciples – that’s you!
- Community Building – this starts with Disciples, which is why we’ve invested in the ReachMore movement. Some parishioners will be trained in discipleship and through them, we’ll begin One-On-One minsitry and Small Groups. This will be the catalyst for transformation! We also want to show the greater community what’s happening here at St. PAtrick, and a digital display on Nightingale will assist us with that. To do all this, we’ll need to renovate some of our space to be more versatile and , multi-purpose in nature. That will happen in the Education Area. Finally, being the “hospitality” parish that we are, we want to start a Parish Ambassador program where we train some of our more active and engaged parishioners to reach out to those that are sitting on the sidelines; to invite them in to parish life and foster relationships with them.
- Pastoral Care & Outreach – there is much more we can do for those in need, starting with a food and clothing store that complements other local thrift stores; provide regular community meals that utilize our wonderful kitchen and serve those that are hungry; launch a compassionate care program that creates more pastoral care ministers; and make a commitment to advocating wellness for everyone (physical, emotional, spiritual, financial).
We’ll continue the conversation of Press On for the next several years, but if you want more information, contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office.