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Investing in the Future: Our Building Project

Epiphany Parish's 2009-2010 Building Project addresses parish and school needs. The accompanying pictures clarify the principle elements in the project: Church Renovation, the Kathryn Marie Albee Early Learning Center, Parish Hall, Offices, Adoration Chapel, and grounds renovation.

Beginning August 2005, with ground-breaking in June 2009, the parish has been in a project to assure its mission vitality in the twenty-first century. Under the title, "Honoring the Past; Opening New Doors", our parish expressed its responsibility both to the founding generation and to our children, and their children.

Within the overall project, we take particular pride in the Kathryn Marie Albee Early Learning Center, a state of the art pre-school facility that will feed into our K-8 Catholic education program on the premises and 9-12 Catholic education at Central Catholic High School. Multi-purpose in nature, it will serve school needs during the week and provide a meaningful resource for children's programs at other times.

Construction Update April 7, 2010

Update April 7, 2010: On Easter Sunday a parishioner asked about seating capacity, disappointed a bit that the church was not enlarged. Somewhat caught off guard, I probably said something unintelligible. First, what we have, and what friends and parishioners see going up, is a compromise project. Since we began pondering renewal in 2005, the project has seen a number of iterations, and enlarging the physical capacity of the church dropped over time from the list of priorities. That having been said, the church will hold just a few seats fewer than before: during construction, the altar was extended out into the nave to 1) provide a handicap ramp (per code) in the back and 2) give us some height to work with (the support beams drop precipitously in the corners). In practical terms, if people sit "next to" each other, our church can seat over 900 in the main body and the narthex can hold over 300 (code capacity) in overflow, with a direct view of the altar. Given that our "largest" Mass on Sundays is about 600, there is plenty of room even if we cut down Sunday Masses by one, from the pre-construction schedule. Our last Sunday (Saturday evening/Sunday) Mass count (October 2008) landed at about 2,500.

Update May 2, 2010: Now a month after Easter, brick and stone work on the exterior of the building is progressing nicely. In another ten or so days, the masons should be finished with most of this work, in time for the interior stone masons to begin laying marble in the Adoration Chapel, Baptistry, and Sanctuary. We are still operating under the assumption that the keys will be handed to us on July 1, 2010. That means two months remain for everything to come together.

Building Finances

Update March 1, 2010: The total cost of Epiphany's "Honoring the Past; Opening New Doors" construction project is $8,107,091. Of that, $1,482,662 has been paid as of January 1, 2010, and the balance ($6,624,429) will be paid by summer 2010 with the help of a bridge loan from the Diocese. The bridge loan is "not to exceed two million dollars." The Parish's outstanding pledges, savings, and revenue stream till June 2011 amount to $5,930,278. We anticipate the parish debt in June 2011 to be in the range of $750,000, if the project realizes all pledges and earmarked funds in the interim.

Update May 2, 2010: According to our financial secretary, Epiphany has paid $3,570,865 on the construction project. The renovation fund balance, outstanding pledges and our revenue stream through June 30, 2011 are projected to be $3,439,496. This will leave a balance of $1,096,730 on the $8,107,091 project after next Juneā€”this is our debt. As these figures tighten up over the next few months I will provide other updates. Those who have not decided to make a pledge for our parish renewal are, naturally, welcome.

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