|Letter from Fr Mark McManus 1st March|
|Dear Parishioners of St Joseph's & St Charles,|
|As I promised yesterday, I am writing to you about the forthcoming necessary Ceiling Repairs to St Joseph's Church following plaster falls in both January and December of 2020.
As a Listed Building the Historic Churches Committee have specified that, after erecting the necessary scaffolding, the work will 'underboard' the existing painted plaster panels between the existing rafters/joists with new boards to be bolt fixed through the retained plaster panels. The specified expanding bolts will be fixed into the concealed timber laths above the rafters/joists. The existing stain finish of the rafters/joists will then be protected and the panels decorated as before.
The work will cost £26,670. The contributions to the building fund that have kindly and faithfully been made over the past year will be applied to this cost. Should you wish to make a specific donation towards the work it will be gratefully received.
In order that the work is completed as swiftly as possible the church will be temporarily closed from Monday, 8 March, until Saturday, 27 March.
During this period Mass will be celebrated OUTSIDE on
Saturdays, 13 & 20 March, at 5.00pm
& Sundays, 14 & 21 March, at 10.00am
It is important to note the following:
I shall continue to offer Holy Mass in the church early in the morning throughout the week for you all and for any requested intentions. Remember that the obligation to attend Mass does not apply at present. This means you do not have to go to Mass. Live-streamed Masses continue to be broadcast.
Please kindly pass on the above to anyone you know who does not have access to the internet or e-mail. Thank you.
Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.
St Joseph, pray for us.
St Charles Borromeo, pray for us.
With my prayers,
Rev. Mark McManus