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 docuuments 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.
Bishop Thomas Daly will be leading a pilgrimage to Lourdes assisted by Father Connall and Father Jeff Lewis.
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Questions? Contact Richard Sontag of Tekton Ministries by email at email@example.com or by phone at (866) 905-3787.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
On Friday, May 7th Father Connall underwent surgery to revearse a loop ileostomy which he has had now for nearly seven months. The ileostomy was a necessary part of major surgery back in November to remove a stage three cancerous tumor in his colon. The ileostomyhas given Father the necessary time to allow his large intestine to heal properly as well to give him the opportunity to receive 16 cycles of aggressive chemotherapy.
While in the hospital, Father Connall was under the care of Dr. Shane McNevin who, by all accounts, is one of the finest colorectal surgeons around. Father is profoundly grateful for Dr. McNevin's skills as a specialist in this type of cancer surgery.
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.
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!