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Covered Dish Dinner
All Women of the Parish are Invited to Attend!
Have you ever been interested in finding out more about our Women’s Club? Have you seen an event for the Women’s Club in the bulletin and thought, that sounds like fun? This event is for you!
Each year the Women’s Club Hosts a Covered Dish Dinner to kick off the New Year and welcome everyone who is interested in joining the women’s club.
Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30PM
Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish to share.
For more information please call Sandy Jones at (978) 948-7653.
The Women’s Club at St. Mary’s is open to all women in the parish 18 years or older.
Fr. Jim Fahey
We are happy to report that Fr. Fahey has returned to us and is feeling much better!
Fr. Fahey would like to thank everyone for their warm wishes and prayers. Please keep him in your prayers!
Construction in our Rowley Church
Through your generous donations to our parish we have been able to save enough money to start some much needed renovations to our Churches.
Rowley Church Doors
The good news is that our "Rowley Door" problem has been fixed! The old rotten doors have been replaced with wonderful new doors that allow the light to come in. The window units above both the side doors have been replaced with a much more efficient set of windows that should hold up to our New England weather for many years to come.
Hopefully you like the way it came out as much as we did. Our contractor, Dube-Plus, did a great job and really tried to work with our schedule. Such nice things do come at a cost. This project came to $52,245. We are asking for you to be generous to our capital funds in order to maintain our Churches.
Rowley Church Septic System
Next Up is dealing with the Rowley Church Septic System! For many years our septic system has been a problem. Though it has not officially "failed" by town standards it has by ours. This is the main reason why we have had to move so many of our programs and events over to Georgetown. We have done extensive investigating and fixing the current septic system is not an option. We have to have a total replacement. After 3 years of preparation with the RCAB (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Town of Rowley we are ready to begin construction.
We are going to use a new technology called a Presby Septic System. It is widely used in New Hampshire with fantastic results. Since behind the church is either under or at the same level as the water table our leach field cannot be back there anymore. Instead we are going to use a pump up system to our new Presby system that will be located between the sidewalk and the driveway in front of the Church. The old tanks have to be replaced. New electrical panels have to be put in for the pumps. Part of the driveways will have to be torn up to make room for the pipes to the system. Once we are all done installing it we have to replace the black top and the lawn. It turns out that the black top is the single most expensive line item in this process.
Once again these major improvements come at a cost. This is estimated to cost at least $80,000. We are asking for you to be generous to our capital funds in order to maintain our Churches. There is more work to be done at both locations but this is going to keep us very busy for this summer.
Update - Water Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink!
We have run into problems installing our new septic system. We got held up a few times by the different government agencies who are working diligently to ensure that we are good neighbors and keep ourselves safe. We have also seen first hand that if you dig a hole in the parking lot it WILL fill with water! Now we are trying to figure out how to keep the water out while we replace the septic tanks. Lots of great minds are trying to work this one out.
We know some people are getting frustrated with this process. Trust us, so are we! We are doing everything we can to keep this project moving along.
Please be careful as we complete our work. When the work presents too much of a hazarded we will move Mass over to our Georgetown location. When ever possible we will make these announcements in the bulletin a head of time.