Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Parish Library

The Parish Library, founded by Sister Eugenia Brown, OSB in the mid to late 90s, is getting a facelift. The parish RCIA volunteers - especially Joe Parker - see the library as a valuable resource for the many non-Catholics who are interested in learning more about what the Catholic Church teaches.

Joe is displaying several pieces of art from his own collection. He placed several crosses and crucifixes atop the bookcases. He decorated the shelves with statues of Mary from around the world.

An RCIA volunteer donated a computer to be used to keep track of the inventory and to make checking out books quick and easy.

Although this project is not part of the larger renovation, the effort and care that our parish RCIA team put into the library deserves recognition. The next step will be to open the library to the entire parish. Check back here and in the parish bulletin for more information and updates.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Chapel: Stations of the Cross

The new Stations of the Cross with commercially-available images of Our Lord on the way to Calvary feature frames built by a parishioner.

They keep the Chapel's theme of being decorated with items one may have found in Tulsa in 1899 - the year Holy Family Parish was founded.

The next time you come for daily Mass, take a look at the new Stations.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Before and After

The roofers are on schedule to pack up and leave on Friday. It is a relief to complete such a major part of the renovation and restoration of the Cathedral.

The old photo dates to the early 1930s. The color photo was taken this morning.
[Click on either photo to see a larger version.]

The company that installed the copper roof also refinished the finials, the white architectural pieces at the tops of the battlements. The finials are painted bright white. While they look good, the stone pieces - which were white at one time - need some attention.

The white stone was meant to be bright so it would contrast with the beige bricks. In some places, the stonework is darker than the bricks.

Thanks to the generosity of the parishioners in a recent fund drive, the Cathedral has hired a painting company to paint the exterior of the church. This will be a challenging job not because there is a lot of painting, but because nothing is easily accessible.

On of the most difficult projects will be painting the louvers. These wooden slats play an important part in keeping the rain out of the towers while allowing wind to blow through the towers. They will be painted white to match the finials and the rest of the exterior paint.