Newman Chapel Restoration Update from Fr. Peter

Greetings in the Lord: In February, I mentioned that we had hoped to begin the work of accessibility and restoration in our chapel beginning this month of July.  [Read full message below.] 

The plan is to have daily Masses (Monday to Saturday) in the Oak Room of the Newman Centre, and have both Sunday Masses (11am and 7pm) at Regis College.  As always, the preparations are taking much longer than hoped for.  As I have already mentioned at Sunday Mass 3 weeks ago, we will not be going to Regis for several more weeks. 

We just had a meeting with the architects this past Monday morning. It seems like the construction will not begin until late fall. This means that the chapel will remain open as per usual and Sunday Masses will continue here at Newman until at least the beginning of October. If all goes well, as it seems for now, we should be ready to re-open in mid-February.  The re-consecration will take place immediately thereafter.

As an aside, I am delighted to inform the community that we were able to find a large antique statue of St. Joseph and the Infant Jesus for the chapel. It will be mounted on the wall above the current location of the Holy Oils. The existing icon will be moved closer to the east door.  This statue is in thanksgiving for the estate we received after having prayed the Holy Cloak 30 Day Novena to him.  May St. Joseph continue to intercede for our community and send the best labourers to create a masterpiece for his adopted son, Jesus Christ. 

God bless, Fr Peter.

(July 2017)

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