Posted July 11, 2008
THINGS ARE MOVING QUICKLY. PEWS ARE ALMOST COMPLETE AND WILL BE INSTALLED IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH.
It's "full-spead-ahead". The oak flooring installation will begin soon and shortly after, the pews that are being manufactured in Nebraska will be delivered and put in place.
Posted July 11, 2008
MEDIA INTEREST IN THE PROGRESS OF THE ORATORY RENOVATION IN EVIDENCE.
In an interesting switch, the photographer was photographed himself. Well-known Kansas City STAR editorial photographer, Keith Meyers was noticed yesterday afternoon checking out the renovation process at the Oratory. He tells us that he'll be back soon to do some photography for publication in the paper.
Posted July 2, 2008
JUST TWELVE WEEKS TO GO!!! THE GOAL OF THE VOLUNTEERS AND THE ARCHITECTS IS TO HAVE THE CHURCH VIRTUALLY COMPLETE BY OCTOBER 1, 2008!!!
FATHER BUCHHOLZ IS HOPING FOR THE FULL MONTH OF OCTOBER TO FINE-TUNE THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE LITURGICAL CEREMONIES RELATED TO THE REDEDICATION WHICH WILL BE HELD OCTOBER 25TH. THERE WILL BE NUMEROUS SERVER PRACTICES, CHOIR PRACTICES AND TIME WILL BE NEEDED FOR LAST MINUTE DECORATION AND ACCESSORIZING OF THE CHURCH.
There has been a great deal of progress at the Oratory in the last 30 days. The final repairs to the framework of the stained glass windows is almost done. In a week or so all the scaffolding will have been removed from the church in preparation for the beginning of the installation of the wainscoting which will surround the church (in place of that hideous blue paint job from the 1960s). The photo below is of one of the panels of wainscoting. All the panels are being assembled, stained and sealed in the manufacturing workshop of the millwork firm that has been contracted for the work. The color is a rich, deep walnut that will add much to the grandeur emerging at 8th and Cherry.
We also understand that the final wood flooring will begin shortly in the choir loft area. Some final sub-flooring remains to be done on the main floor after which the flooring in the nave will begin.
Soon the millwork and construction will begin on the of the vestibule/cry-room. The sketch below shows how the three doorway entrances from the vestibule into the nave of the church will appear. It will be primarily constructed in wood with frosted etched-glass panels in the top and vertical panels within the doors. Arched etched glass panels at the top of each door will include the crests (left to right) of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph of Bishop Finn and of the Institute of Christ the King. Details of those crests are shown in the second sketch that follows below.
...OTHER WORK IS GETTING DONE...
This photos shows a sample of the wood framing for the Stations of the Cross. This station frame is an unfinished sample (that is, not stained and sealed). Nevertheless, it shows the remarkable workmanship by the millwork contractor. The stations are going to be stunning! They will be perfectly in sync with the overall architecture of the church.
Posted July 2, 2008
THE BRONZE ENGRAVED PLAQUE TO MEMORIALIZE THE DONORS AND BENEFACTORS OF THE ORATORY RENOVATION IS COMPLETE AND READY TO BE INSTALLED UPON THE COMPLETION OF THE CHURCH RESTORATION.
Although, the individual names are difficult to read in this snapshot below, you can still see that the plaque includes the crests of the Institute and of Bishop Finn. Individual bronze engravings are in place for those who indicated that they wished their donation to be dedicated as a memorial. There are still empty slots for future pledges for the Oratory. There still is a serious need for the raising of additional funds. Although a great deal has been raised by our very small community with the help of Bishop Finn and the diocese and Our Lady of Sorrows parish, we still need to raise a substantial amount in order to open the church virtually debt-free, which is the goal of the development committee. Any reader of this page who would like to help is welcome to click here to make a secure on-line donation.
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