From Fr. Godfrey
– THANK YOU. Thank you to Fr. Ted Tempel for covering the weekday Masses during my absence and to Fr. Joe Ziliak for covering last weekend for me. Thanks to all who have shown understanding, patience, and forgiveness with my scattered life the past few weeks, for sure, and even before that. As you may have read in the Message, my time as administrator of Resurrection Parish will come to a close on June 26.
– RENOVATION. So what are we seeing? The pilasters (flat pillars against the wall) were faux-painted this past week in the same fashion and color scheme as the marble pillars. Amazing work. The wood floors are being refinished by our own Jeff Haury. Don’t they look great? The side up-lights will shine light on the ceiling and upper walls. The ramps on either side of the sanctuary will be tiled and will offer access to the mid-level of the sanctuary area (full access will come with the addition of the offices between church and school). The remaining cork (mostly) will remain and be refinished. The center aisle will be tiled as the cross-aisle currently is. The sanctuary will also be tiled. The fourth window opened in the sanctuary where the door once was will match the other three windows already in place. A new marble ambo to match the altar will soon be ordered from Italy. Three of the five statues and the crucifix’s corpus have been repainted. Two more statues will soon arrive. The Sacred Heart statue will return to the top-front of the baldacchino. The other statues will be in the south end of the church — near where the mosaics of Mary and Joseph once were. The lowers windows will be cleaned soon. The concrete pillars will be cleaned. There is one shred of orange paint left in the choir loft — it will GO! Originally, the stars in the dome were to be painted with stencils, but the painters found a quicker, cheaper method. They’ll have some outlining done to them as well.
– JUBILEE. My 25th jubilee of ordination was actually this past Wednesday, June 5. The celebration in my home parish was a lovely, simple celebration at the cradle of my faith. It reminds me to remind us: so often, vocations are first realized by an encouraging word. Are we encouraging young men to consider priesthood?