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Cracks and crumbling concrete in the bell tower at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church

Cracks and crumbling concrete in the bell tower at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church

The historic and iconic bell and light spire at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church

The historic and iconic bell and light spire at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church

Restore Bell Tower at st. mary, star of the sea
UPDATE: This project was not approved

St. Mary, Star of the Sea will be celebrating 150 years of serving parishioners in South Baltimore in 2018. When the building was originally constructed in the late 1800s, a tall spire with a lit star at the top was added to the Church.  Originally powered by candles and mirrors and later by electricity, this light served, and continues to serve, as a beacon to ship traffic in the Inner Harbor and remains an official landmark on mariners’ maps of the Port of Baltimore. 

In the past few months, chunks of concrete have been falling from the bell tower, compromising its structural integrity. An engineer has provided a proposal to shore up the concrete to ensure St. Mary’s star continues to be a beacon for all of South Baltimore.

Estimated cost to restore bell tower:                        $175,000
   Grant Applications submitted to:
        - South Baltimore Gateway Partnership        ($100,000)
        - Archbishop Annual Appeal                           ($10,000)
   Target date to start work:                                      Fall 2017


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Repair Apse Wall at Holy cross

The plaster on the Apse Wall (section surrounding the altar) has been crumbling due to water damage. In 2015, the exterior bricks were repointed, and in 2016, the roof was repaired.  This summer CCSB hopes to replace a section of gutter that is leaking behind the bricks, still causing water to infiltrate the walls on the right side.

Once thisremaining water issue is resolved, CCSB will repair, sand and paint the apse and lower nave walls.

Estimated cost to paint apse and section of the
nave below railing:                              $75,000
- Received Grant from Archdiocese:  ($10,000)
- Target date to start work:                 Fall 2017

Water-damaged subfloor was found under portions of carpet at Our Lady of Good Counsel

Water-damaged subfloor was found under portions of carpet at Our Lady of Good Counsel

Refurbish Stations of the Cross at holy cross

An additional aspect of this project is the refurbishing of the antique German Stations of the Cross. An artist will clean, re-stain, re-gilt the German words, remove the contemporary lights, and rehang the stations at eye level, spacing them more evenly throughout the nave. There are FOUR stations left to sponsor:
Station 1 - Pilate condemns Jesus to die
Station 7 - Jesus falls for the second time
Station 10 - Jesus is stripped of his clothes
Station 11 - Jesus is nailed to the cross

Please contact the office for sponsorship details.

Sponsor a Station of the Cross:     $2,500

 
The blue carpet under the altar at Our Lady of Good Counsel

The blue carpet under the altar at Our Lady of Good Counsel

replace flooring at our lady of good counsel

The blue carpet covering the sanctuary and aisles at Our Lady of Good Counsel is approximately two decades old, well outliving its intended life span, and is worn in many places. CCSB is exploring new options for flooring, including marble, tile, and wood, or perhaps a combination of those (such as marble in the sanctuary and hardwood in the aisles).

The replacement will include repairing any damaged subfloors, preparing the underlayment, and installing the new flooring, which may render the church unusable for one or two weeks, worship in the hall below.

Est. range to replace flooring:               $75,000 - $100,000
       Target date to start work:                 Winter 2017

Renovate Meeting Space

The former library and current meeting space at Good Counsel has been updated with new HVAC and will continue to be updated, providing a comfortable place for community gatherings and parish meetings.