Pastor's Column, July 23, 2017

Please keep in your prayers Frank, Kathy, & Mary Kay who have recently been anointed, and all those who are in need of God’s healing. If you are facing surgery or have a health condition that is serious or has gotten progressively worse, please do not hesitate to ask me for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. I can anoint you right after Mass or any other time that is convenient for you. Most hospitals and nursing facilities have chaplains who anoint the Catholic residents, but please let me know if you have not been anointed there and I will be happy to come to anoint you. We have several Eucharistic Ministers who bring Holy Com- munion to the sick, so if you are homebound or unable to come to church, please let us know so that we can make those arrangements for you.

I spent more time this week going over the costs for our heater repairs. I know you probably don’t want to hear about boilers in the heat of the summer months, but since the amount of money we will need to spend is significant, I want to offer you some of the information that has led to this financial decision.

The actual boilers that are used for the church and rectory (installed in 1969) seem to be in good working order for now, though this can change at any time and we will not know their exact condition until they begin to look inside of them and begin to clean them. However what needs to be replaced are the heating and cooling pumps and the control system (the computer that runs the system). We also need to remove asbestos from around the pipes and replace the current valves and pumps. It is also highly recommended that we add dehu- midification units for the church boiler room and rectory basement. In addition, we need to repair and replace all the steam traps in the school building, repair a leaking pipe on the back of the boiler and install a water meter. All of the heat emitters in the school need to be repaired and cleaned and again we need to replace the control system in the school and remove the asbestos in the school boiler room. In the fu- ture, new boilers will be needed for the church and the Parish Community Center and possibly a backup boiler for the school, but all of this adds up to an additional $200,000 and is not necessary at this time. We have not even gotten into the air conditioning system so keep your fingers crossed...

I’ve learned more about heating and cooling systems that I ever cared to know, but the information is important if we are to make good financial decisions and keep the church comfortably heated and air conditioned and our school chil- dren warm in the winter. I thought it only fair to share some of this information with you so that you are aware of how we are spending the money you generously donate throughout the years.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Parish Picnic today. Let’s soak up the free heat of the sun.