Some photos of completed renovations

Some photos from during the renovations

UPDATE ON CHURCH WORKS – SEPTEMBER 2016

At the beginning of September, the Parish Development Buildings Committee would like to update the parishioners on the works to the Church and its environs currently taking place.

We are happy to report that the works in the Church, such as removal of the Stone Carpet from the aisles, enlargement of the Sacristy area, enlargement of the Choir Gallery and Organ Restoration, the Pavilion, Parish Office and Pastoral Centre beneath the church are progressing, although, regrettably, our original programme has proved over optimistic. The re-slating of the original 1877 part of the Church has been completed along with the cleaning of the entire external stone surface.

A great deal of work is taking place by specialists in workshops off site; this includes, the restoration of the stain glass windows, the church seating, the stations of the cross, carving of the new marble baptismal font, the preparation of the new aisle flooring, the restoration of the Church Organ with the addition of 56 new pipes, the re-gilding of the tabernacles and the restoration of various statues. Removal of paint from reredoses has revealed beautifully carved sandstone and, surprise, the statues of Our Lady and St Joseph are in white marble!

We are fortunate that the Church fabric is in good condition, however, the roof of the old sacristy was found to be in a poor state and is being replaced.

The parish was recently refused planning permission by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to erect a glass screen in the Church behind the current porch which is being retained and refurbished/ restored. An appeal to An Bord Pleanála has been submitted and we await their decision.

Our Project Manager and the Foreman of the Cedar Construction are working hard to ensure we are back in the Church before Christmas. The Parish Pastoral Centre, Parish Office are scheduled to be completed by mid-February.

We thank the Principal and Board of Management of Holy Cross School who continue to facilitate our Sunday Masses and the management of Don Marmion House who welcomed us during weekdays. We thank you our loyal parishioners for your continuing patience, support and encouragement.

“If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labour”

(Psalm 127.1)

Latest Building News

READ AT ALL WEEKEND MASSES – 26th/27th September 2015

The Parish Development Buildings Committee is happy to announce the commencement of works that will see the BUILDING OF A NEW PARISH OFFICE, THE REFURBISHMENT OF THE PARISH PASTORAL CENTRE (previously known as the Parish Hall), THE RELOCATION OF THE BAPTISMAL AREA TO THE CENTRE OF THE CHURCH, NEW LIGHTING, AMPLIFICATION AND GENERAL DECORATION. The REFURBISHMENT OF THE CHURCH PIPE ORGAN AND AN UPGRADE OF THE CHURCH MAIN ENTRANCE.

The preliminary work involves the preparation of the site beginning this week and the works themselves will start on Monday 5th October. The project is estimated to last 45 weeks but crucially will allow for the celebration in the Church of Confirmation in March and first Holy Communion Ceremonies in April. In order to complete the works and renovation, the church will be closed from 3rd May and re open in August. During this time Sunday Masses will be celebrated in Holy Cross school hall and our local parishes will facilitate us for funerals, weddings and other services. We are grateful to the School Principal and Board of Management for facilitating the Parish.

The cost of the project is in and around €3M. The funds were realised from the sale of the field to the rear of the Church in 2007 and the recent release of monies which were set aside as a guarantee that specified works would be carried out. As these were not carried out or were unlikely to be carried out in the near future these funds were released to the parish.

After a competitive tendering process CEDAR CONSTRUCTION, Arklow won the contract to carry out the works. They are noted for the quality of their workmanship and in recent times completed the new Monastery of the Passionist Fathers in Mount Argus.

The Parish Pastoral Council and priests of the parish wish to thank both the Development Buildings and Finance Committees for their dedicated hard work in ensuring that the this important project can now commence. We thank you the parishioners for your support and patience and ask that you continue to support it with your prayers in the months ahead.

We ask God to continue to bless this work of ours and bring it to fruition so that we can gather, to break bread, celebrate and welcome the stranger amongst us.

See the Floor Plans for our new development.

Twin Building Projects
Dundrum Parish is an exciting place to be at present. We know our parish is more than a physical structure, it is a faith community. To run parallel with the building of our new Parish centre, Parish Office and renovation of our church building, we want to re-energise our Parish community also. In April 2015, we asked you to participate in The Big Dundrum Survey. We gained a huge amount of information and insight from the survey which will help us all as we move forward in our mission. We thank the 682 people who completed our survey for your frank and honest comments. Read the summary of what you said and our next steps in building our parish community. (HERE) Link to PDF. Below you will find more about our two building projects. Have a look at the Video of our Building plans.

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