July 26th, 2015
West Wing Construction, Stained Glass Windows Approved
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ.
I share with you very good news.
First, building upon the successful Building an Inheritance of Hope
Legacy Campaign, and having undertaken much work over the last six months, the construction of the west wing of the St. Joseph Ministry Center has been approved. This past week I presided over a meeting of architects, contractors, engineers, and other technicians to set the construction schedule. We have set a very aggressive “fast track,” but doable schedule. If God’s grace and everything falls into place we hope the west wing will be constructed and opened in time for the 2016-2017 academic year, that is, in late August or early September, 2016. (As a reminder, the west wing includes a preschool and kindergarten, gymnasium, six classrooms constituting the middle school of our elementary school, and administrative offices and facilities for our elementary school.) This means that a lot of hard work on the part of a lot of persons—staff, contractors, volunteers, pastor, etc.—will be undertaken in these weeks, months, and throughout the next year. As it does and as its schedule plays out, I will keep you informed.
I want to thank all who have contributed financially and in other ways toward this goal, and ask your continued generosity in its regard. I ask for your prayers and patience, that God, who has begun this good work will bring it to fulfillment. As psalm 90 sings: “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands. O prosper the work of our hands!”
Second, approved as well is the fabrication of ten stained glass windows for the church. These windows will complement and complete the Heavenly
Jerusalem windows of the church’s dome and the Angels in Festal Garb windows of its clerestory. Our parish church is designed architecturally to represent the mystical church of Jesus Christ. The dome and clerestory windows represent that aspect of the church which is in heaven, which we call the church victorious. The new ten windows, at floor level, represent that aspect of the church which is still on earth, which we call the church militant. As such, these windows will portray the discipleship of she who is the most perfect follower of the Lord, she who is the teacher of all discipleship, she who is our mother, she who is our parish
patroness, she who teaches us, even as she did, to treasure all things regarding her Son, Jesus, in our heart. Specifically, these ten windows will portray the
twenty mysteries of the rosary, from the Annunciation through the Consummation of all Things in Christ (see I Cor. 15:24-28). I foresee that they will be installed in April. At a more opportune time and more appropriate way I will share with you the designs of these windows. For the time being, though, let me again thank the donor who has made these windows possible.
Finally, please welcome Fr. Michael Rapp to OLOL. Fr. Michael is on a summer break from his graduate studies. Throughout August we will preside at some weekend Masses. We are blessed he will be with us for a few weeks.