Fr. Kevin Bettens
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Building Renewal and Renovation

Budget - $437,500.  Current donations to date - $131,607.  Thank you! Thank you! $5893+ to reach our goal.

November 2 - Almost done! (other than Welcome Center furniture and a few minor finishing touches!)  The stained glass is in and receiveing raving reviews!!! And all other components mostly completed (carpet, painting, sound/av. Thank you SO MUCH for your patience and all the volunteer time and help along the way with this project!

October 17 - Frame for Stained Glass installed.  New Front Entrance Tile on Order.  Sound Absorbing Tiles installed in the Fr. Saulnier Room.  More drywall repair in the Church. 

October 3 - Stained Glass completed and preparations for installation begun. Lighting and sound, projectors, cameras, screens all connected to I-Pad. 

September 19 - The main floor of carpeting in the Church was completed, sanctuary yet to be done.  Carpet complete in Atrium and Welcome Centre. Storage closets constructed in the back hallway. Painting in Atrium.  Sound booth complete.

September 5 - Lot's of progress this week.  Marian devotional corner complete. New altar and ambo have arrived. Carpeting in the worship space.  New counter tops and widow sills.

August 16 - Church 3/4 painted.  New Lighting System being worked on.  Sound Booth construction started.  Welcome Centre lighting and painting.  Fr. Kevin and Chiaka's offices had new lighting installed and painted. Atrium primed.

August 10 - Church half painted while most lights are now in place.  Continuing work done this week on welcome centre and new meeting room / library.  Soil and new sod was added around the building. 

July 31 - New LED Church lighting.  New Speaker coverings.  Redesigned ceiling to accomodate technology.

July 18 Update - A check on Church Speakers; sound covering to be changed from pink to white. New Church lighting.  Painting and lighting in offices and sacristy. Stained Glass work continuing. 

July 10 update - Lighting continuing to be replaced in offices and hall kitchen.  Painting in classrooms and hallways.  Welcome Centre work continuing.  Trenching in Church for choir outlets and technology. 

July 3 update - More new LED lighting in classrooms and offices.  Carpet now being installed in classrooms and Saulnier room.  Classroom walls, halls and frames were painted.  Trenching begun in the Church floor to provide space for new technology and sound equipment.  Stained Glass frame complete and glasswork has commenced.  The statue of Mary was sent away for 10 days to be cleaned and refinished.

June 20 update - New LED lighting continues to be installed.  Painting on classrooms and doors begun. Masonry begun in preparation for Stained Glass and Marian Devotional corner.

June 14 update - Work continues on electrical, lights, sound, taping in all rooms. Painting starts next week!

June 7 update - Multi-purpose room dividing wall removed, updated lights installed, and continued work on the library, pillars, electrical and more.

May 23 updateSome windows replaced, electrical work happening, minor demo work. Next week major demo happening - library, multi-purpose room wall, church pillars, Nave coring and more!

May 17 update - Floor scanning completed this week in the nave, and more MMOC clean-up work. 

May 10 update - Minor demo work has started, including MMOC clean-up work.

 May 1 Update - Check out Fr. Kevin's presentation made at the April 27/28 Masses here. Construction starting shortly!

 

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Dear faithful of Mary, Mother of the Church,

In 1979 with 130 registered families, Mary Mother of the Church was born out of St. Norbert Parish. In 1989 with 300 registered families, the present Church building was constructed. Today our community has grown to include nearly 2000 registered families. We know that with the continuing development of Waverley West, surrounding neighborhoods and our efforts of evangelization, the parish population will continue to grow for years to come.

Just as our residences and places of work experience wear and tear, the physical plant of Mary Mother has aged over the past 30 years:

  • Carpets have become tattered, walls worn.
  • We also are challenged with a facility that is becoming increasingly difficult to find space for programming and faith formation.
  • Since 2011, 5 furnaces and air conditioners have been replaced at a cost of around $300 000.
  • All 7 roofs have been replaced at a cost of around $300 000.
  • The parish hall, kitchen, tables and washrooms were renovated and brought up to code in 2016.
  • We have new and brighter parking lot lighting.
  • The doors to the washrooms and rear entrance have been powered and made handicapped accessible.

All of these projects and others have been completed without borrowing or reaching into savings. Congratulations to our community!

The next phase will take place in the  spring/summer of 2019. The parish desires to renew and repair the physical plant, while making some improvements to accommodate present and future needs of the community. Some of the main items will include:

  • New flooring and paint
  • Updated lighting and sound
  • Fix outside entrance pavers (safety)
  • Replace some windows
  • Enhance storage space
  • Renovate the library to become a Welcome and Resource Centre
  • Convert 2 classrooms into 1 larger classroom
  • Create a space for the statue of Mary in the church with vigil candles
  • Change the tarnished brass church railing
  • Replace baptismal fountain/punch bowl with a portable fountain
  • Update the altar and ambo

With all renovations come costs. The total project budget is $437,500. MMOC is fortunate to have access to some savings, but will need to raise some additional funds as well.

We prayerfully request you spend some time with God in reflection of your faith journey, community and the future of MMOC. And then if possible, contribute whatever amount you feel led to help with. 

Parish Building Renewal envelopes can be found in the pew shelves, or in the lobby brochure stand and at the welcome table at Weekend Masses.  All money donated in these envelopes will go 100% towards this Building Renewal Project. And you will receive a tax receipt for any of these donations as well.  Thank you parishioners for your efforts in this worth while endeavour.  With this important innitiative, we will meet our present and future needs.

(Click here to see the related presentation given during Nov 17/18, 2018 Masses)