Here are some note worthy events and information we would like to share with you. Your feedback is going to be very important to helping us meet your needs. Please feel free to submit comments about what you like, didn't like, or would like to see. We are always looking for people to submit articles and photos.
Construction in our Rowley Church
All weekdays in July and possibly August
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
Currently we are undertaking the "Rowley Door" problem. The left side door has been in need of replacement for several years. The more we looked at the problem the more work we found. The large windows above the doors are suffering from rot and it turns out that even though the doors on the other side of the building looked ok they are actually in bad shape as well. Then there are the front doors that do not let in any light into our foyer. Many people have noticed that it feels like coming into a cave before you enter the beautiful church. We decided that it is time to fix the problems and create a welcoming entrance way into our Church.
Our plan is to replace the solid front doors with new doors that have lots of windows to let the light in. We are replacing both sets of side doors with matching windowed doors. Above the side doors we are replacing the rotting wood windows with new steal framed windows. Our hope is that with proper maintenance these doors will last 50 plus years and be the welcoming entrance our Church deserves.
This does come at a cost of approximately $50,000. 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.
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.