With a tremendous effort and support from all parishioners and as funding is accumulated and materials become available, work can begin soon on this project. Please consider making your donation to the best of your ability and may God bless you for your continued support of St. Emeric parish.
Thank you! Fr. Bona
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: As we are in the middle of the air-conditioning campaign, I would like to provide answers to two questions: (1) Do we really need it? (2) Aren’t there other matters that we need to address?
(1) As for the first question, it is true that the air-conditioning will make it more comfortable for us. It will also enable me to have 30 minute-long homilies (just kidding). On a serious note, the climate control of the environment in the church fulfills a very important maintenance role. I do not know if you are aware of the fact that the last time our church was painted was only in 2006. Not even 10 years after it, the paint started to peel off. As time went on, the rate of speed at which the paint continues to peel off has only increased. I am shocked how in my two years here the paint peeling has spread throughout the church ceiling and walls. When I came, I saw only the rather extensive damage by St. Joseph and one other place in the nave. Painting is very expensive and should last a good 30–40 years at least (before beginning to deteriorate or need freshening).
The way our church ventilation is set up is inadequate. There is no way for us to ventilate the upper 2/3 of the church and so the heat with humidity is trapped and begins to negatively impact the paint over time and lead to its earlier deterioration. We are in need of new painting, and I would like us to accomplish it by 2025 for the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the current church building. A functioning climate control in our church should significantly help us in preserving the paint in the church and save us from expensive and unnecessary painting projects in the near future.
(2) We are not forgetting the other needs of the parish either. For example, a few weeks ago we received $11,000 from Bethlen Gábor Foundation in Hungary (BGA) for roof repairs (by the stained glass windows, the drainage pipes, and vents) and for repairing the water damage in the Mindszenty Memorial Room. We have already begun to look at our possibilities in repairing the steps in the church inside stairwells and perhaps next year some sidewalk repairs can be accomplished as well. We continue to do maintenance on the church: we have fixed electrical problems with certain lights in the hall; lights in the kitchen and the outside lights were fixed and switched to LED to save us on electricity. A non-functioning motor in one of the kitchen stove exhaust was replaced as well. Additionally, several volunteers have been working on cleaning and making our church surroundings look beautiful. There is always work to do around the church and I am very grateful to those who lend their time and efforts in helping the parish. If you are able to help with some of the work or know someone professionally whom we could ask, please let us know. Your continued support toward St. Emeric Parish is always greatly appreciated. Please continue to use the various possibilities for giving. Thank you for all your caring, Fr. Bona
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