Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Paint in the Choir Loft

The smell of wet paint is in the air up in the Choir Loft. Our painters have put a coat of blue paint on the vaulted ceilings over the organ. If you look carefully, you can see that the ribs are still white and the back wall is still yellow.

That is the last of the old paint in the church.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Roofing Update

Our roofers are braving the 100 degree temperatures to continue installing our copper roof.

They are getting ready to cut each copper shingle into the proper shape so it can be placed around the window. [See photo on right.]

The crane cannot reach the back side of the spires. After the fronts are complete, the crane will move to the sides of the church so the crane can complete the roof. We had originally thought that the workers were going to dismantle the stone Romanesque arch between the church and school. We have learned that the crane can enter that space from the back parking lot behind the school. This will save the arch, but may require the workers to move the concrete cinder block wall.

Interior Painting continues!

The patching of the choir loft ceiling is done. We received a shipment of fresh paint today. The painting crew will begin painting shortly.

In the photo on the left, Monsignor Gier and Ernest Neil watch as the painters move their supplies

Friday, July 25, 2008

Update: Roofers move to second spire

As the first spire is nearly finished, our roofers have shifted to the second spire. They have carefully installed the vertical copper pieces and are now screwing the shingles into place.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Update: Repairing the Vaults over the Choir Loft

The floor of the choir loft is covered in fine plaster dust. The painters are continuing to repair the walls by filling in the many large cracks, then sanding the surface.

[Click on the photo to the left to see the water-damaged plaster awaiting repair.]

The pipe organ is safe. The painters covered the organ's 3000 pipes with sheets of plastic to keep plaster dust from falling into the the valve at the base of each pipe.

Many 10:00 Massgoers will remember our troubles with organ ciphers. A cipher is an uncontrollable note produced by a small object falling into a pipe's valve and keeping it open, producing one endless musical note. The way to fix a ciphering pipe is to remove it, clear the blockage, then replace it. The challenge is to find the right pipe! The plastic sheets should protect the organ from ciphers.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Poll: Sound System

The results are in from our online poll.

Thank you for voting. You will have the opportunity to give feedback about the Renovation though new polls.