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”