FISCAL YEAR 2018 CAPITAL PROJECTS
This year, we are making some much needed updates to our beautiful churches; please consider helping with a one-time gift now or a monthly contribution. We are incredibly thankful for the contributions we have received thus far.
Boiler Fund - Your Help is Needed: We have created a Boiler Fund to cover the costs of new boilers for both St. Mary's and Holy Cross. Please discern your family's ability to give to this endeavor. Please note checks or online gifts with "BOILER." Thank you for your prayerful consideration.
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.
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 out-living its intended life span, and is worn in many places. CCSB is exploring with an architect new options for flooring, which range from installing new flooring only where there is presently carpet, to removing several layers of flooring in the entire church, to replacing some rotten floor beams. This would include abating the asbestos tile floor. Details of cost are forthcoming.
Target date to start work: Summer 2018
Restore Bell Tower at st. mary, star of the sea
Update: This project was not approved for local grant
St. Mary, Star of the Sea celebrates 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
- Archbishop Annual Appeal Grant received ($10,000)
Target date to start work: When major grant funds are obtained.
Apse Wall at Holy cross repaired
The plaster on the Apse Wall (section surrounding the altar) was crumbling due to water damage. In 2015, the exterior bricks were repointed, and in 2016, the roof was repaired. This winter CCSB replaced two sections of gutter that were leaking behind the bricks.
The painter completed the extensive plaster repair and painting of the apse in March 2018. The remainder of the church will be completed when enough funds are raised.
Estimated cost to paint remainder of church: $280,000
Stations of the Cross at holy cross refurbished
An additional aspect of this project was the refurbishing of the antique German Stations of the Cross. An artist cleaned, re-stained, re-gilded the German words, removed the contemporary lights, and rehung the stations at eye level, spacing them more evenly throughout the nave. All stations have been sponsored! Please come see the beautiful work!
HOLY CROSS HEAT - 11/2018
The Parish just signed a contract to have a new boiler installed! Updates will be provided as the project gets underway. The church may be chilly the first few weeks of winter, but hopefully not far into the winter.