Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cathedral School begins Facility Upgrades

[This article, written by 8th grade teacher Trish Spoerl, describes the School's commitment to maintenance. While not part of the Cathedral's renovation, the School is an important part of the life of Holy Family Cathedral.]

A little over a year ago, Club 130 was established for Holy Family Cathedral School to generate an operating reserve to make facility repairs and upgrades to our historic school. We are pleased to announce that because of a steady growth in the number of generous contributors to the fund this year, new carpet for two classrooms was installed this fall. We thank those contributors to this fund and encourage others to find out more about Club 130. Information can be found on the school website under “Advancement”, or at the south exit of the Cathedral. It is our hope that the remaining six classrooms in the school can be re-carpeted by July 2010 as our building reserve fund grows in Club 130. God bless you for your dedication to continue the mission of our school that has lasted for one hundred and ten years!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sidewalk repair and new Sod

The crews using cranes to work on the Cathedral's roof promised to return to repair our sidewalks and replant any grass damaged in the exterior portion of the Renovation.

Last week, the sidewalk between the Church and School was removed. New concrete replaced the old. Beautiful green sod is growing where tire marks once were.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Bp. Slattery thanks Manhattan Constr. for their part of the Renovation

In a recent Eastern Oklahoma Catholic article, Bishop Slattery thanked Manhattan Construction for doing their part in the renovation.

There are a few remaining projects, but they will have to wait for donations beyond the scope of the current pledge drive:

  • We will replace the temporary white carpet in sanctuary with marble that matches the rest of the sanctuary marble. The green carpet under the Bishop's cathedra will likely be replaced with green marble.
  • The frieze stencil that will run around the perimeter of the interior has yet to be painted.
  • The clock mechanism is largely intact, but it needs a variety of smaller machined parts to resume operation.
  • The electromagnetic strikers which sound the bronze chimes in the tower need to be replaced.
  • We need to install new protective shields over the stained glass windows.
  • We want to resurface and landscape the parking lot area across the street from the school. [The lot purchased as part of Fund for the Future has already been resurfaced and landscaped by the Diocese.]