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Super Pat the painter!

Pat, a member of our congregation and a local decorator, gave up his time this week to paint our sanctuary following the installation of the new stained glass window. He has done a magnificent job and I know the whole congregation will want to thank him. He is certainly top of my Christmas card list…shame I don’t send them!

This morning, as I was placing ecclesial furniture back in its rightful place, the electrician arrived to install an external light to illuminate the window when dark outside. This brings an end to the current phase of work before we set about the final piece of the jigsaw- a renovation of church lighting which is desperately needed as none of it is currently fit for purpose.

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who has offered gifts and help thus far. What a great difference it has made from when it all began…

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  1. Lee Williams

    Fr – a magnificent achievement this.
    There’s no doubt the conversion of a multi use hall into a cross between bad Victorian kitsch/1930s basilica has been a sort of success.
    Based on all of this what’s the percentage loss of floor space for seating for the faithful? Wait don’t tell me I got bored and used all of the lovely pictures you take to estimate it at 35/40%.

    • Admin

      The floor space is around a third- but as that was previously taken up with cupboards at the rear it hasn’t had much impact. We can comfortably fit 120 – and as we have three services per Sunday this works just fine for us. Standing room only at Christmas and Easter occasionally- but then you can fit extra seating into the chapel. We average around 80-150 most Sundays over the services so all good thanks.

  2. Ian Williams

    Lee, your comment on the the “conversion of a multi use hall” hits the nail on the head. A church should be unmistakably a sacred space, visibly other than a social meeting place. That is what Fr. Ed’s changes have achieved. Full marks to him.

    Of course, this not might make sense to those Catholics who have diminished their sense of the sacramental and attempted to fill the void with a theology of gathering, but that’s their loss.

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