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The Cathedral Building Committee has recommended making immediate preparations to take down the cloud over the main altar. This will fulfill the third and final phase of our "Cathedral Campaign for a Second Century" which we began three years ago.
The removal of the cloud will mean living with a temporary sound and lighting system as we continue to plan for further renovations going forward. The members of the Cathedral Building Committee are: Bill Oakley (Plant Manager), Robert Carr (Music & Sound), Kevin Cary (Engineering), Joe Schmitz (Finance) and Father Connall.
The attached documents contain additional information regarding further improvements which will be addressed by the Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils in the months ahead. These additional improvements could include a marble sanctuary, new marble altar, increased seating, new traditional pews and an organ to replace the dead 105 year old instrument in the choir loft. Please watch the bulletin and website for further opportunites to offer input and feedback.
July 15, 2016
Just over two months ago, Father Connall underwent surgery to revearse a loop ileostomy which he had for nearly seven months. The ileostomy was a necessary part of major surgery back in November to remove a stage three cancerous tumor. The ileostomy gave Father the necessary time to allow his colon to heal properly and to give him the opportunity to receive 16 cycles of aggressive chemotherapy.
Father continues to make slow but steady progress as his body adjusts to the surgeries and trauma from treatment. He is currently be treated for peripheral neuropathy which is a side effect of the chemotherapy. His medical team indicates that it will take at least 6 to 12 months for him to fully heal and reach a "new normal."
Recent scans and tests have revealed no signs of metastatic disease. Any stray cancer cells that were present in his body following the tumor removal should have been killed through the chemotherapy protocol. This was necessary to give Father the best survival rate possible. Regular tests willl continue for another 5 years to monitor his progress and to engage in early detection should any cancer return.
Father continues to invoke the prayers of Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, and Pope St. John Paul II for a complete healing. One of the greatest sources of consolation for Father Connall is all of your prayers and acts of kindness. Although he cannot respond to everyone, please click here to leave a message of support.
Thank you very much!