From the Pastor's Desk
I want to let you all know that the chimneys on top of the rectory will be replaced. The company that I and the Finance Council chose was Ridgemont Company of Brockton. I received 3 bids and chose the low bid of $10,100. The cost of replacing the chimneys is $7,800. The additional cost is to put two metal flues in each chimney.
Also, I saw several slates on the ground that came off the roof during the winter. I had the roof inspected and 12 slates were replaced and the gutters were cleaned. Chris Burgess of the Burgess Steeple Company of Pembroke regularly inspects and maintains the roof. I will let you know what the cost will be as it is determined by how many slates need to be replaced, the amount of time worked, etc.
The cost of snow removal thus far is $10,900 (remember it is a sin to pray for snow!)
Thanks to your continued generosity, we have the money to do this necessary work to our building and property.
Future projects would include a new floor for the parish hall and flooring and carpets in the church.
Finally, I would like to call your attention to the Annual Catholic Appeal for the Archdiocese of Boston. The Appeal supports the good work that Cardinal Seán sponsors throughout the Archdiocese. St. John Parish is accessed $30,000. The amount donated under the assessment has to be paid by the parish. However, 50% of the amount donated above the assessment is kept by the parish. I have made a donation to this important cause and I hope that you will, as well.
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