Church Roof Replacement
Great news. The roof work will begin soon. The slate is delivered, and the project is approved.
As some of you may know, since the closure of the former St. Mary’s Parish, some leaks have started under the slate roof. We, St. Mary Polish American Society, had made attempts to have the roof repaired and even replaced. We did fundraising, and quotes were obtained from multiple contractors. Unfortunately, St. Matthews Parish refused to do allow us to do this; as they rather wished it to remain in disrepair for a future sale of the property.
When the FSSP came to St. Mary’s, one of the priorities was the roof. Repairs and patches were made to stop the existing leaks temporarily. Then onward to raising the funds for replacing the aged slate roof. The Archdiocese gave final approval for the project. The new slate is here, and the work is estimated to begin at the end of June.
Thank you to everyone for the prayers and for attending our various events to help raise funds. Through your generosity, we were able to not only keep maintaining the church after its closure and keep St. Matthews from getting rid of it, but also to help the new quasi-Parish with re-opening this beautiful church and helping to get to the roof replaced.
Church Attic Work
Great news. St. Mary’s Church is aging and in need of some updating. The top of the building is not immune. The roof is well on its way to being replaced with new slate. Several years ago (during the former St. Mary’s parish) a project by two wonderful young ladies of the old parish led a project to refurbish the bells at St. Mary’s and they rung as though they were new again. The new quasi-parish further updated the bells with an even newer control system. Some of us went up to the steeple to clean up, attempt to repair the clock, and replace lights. The attic and the catwalks are now in the works.
There are catwalks or pathways above the church ceiling that were used for maintenance and replacing lights. Getting into that area is tricky. A team of volunteers, led by Christopher Josten, has taken on the task of replacing old boards and making the access way better up there. They had one work day already. Another is planned for Saturday, July 23rd 10 am – 4 pm. If we have anyone that has carpentry or handyman skills that is willing to volunteer to help, please contact Christopher at 484-574-5123.
Please pray for peace and for all those affected in Ukraine and the Russia-Ukrainian Crisis. There are many innocent lives being lost, people injured, and so very many losing the homes.
If you wish to help in other ways, please feel free to check out the various charities that are offering assistance to the victims and refugees from the war-torn area. Whether it is monetary, clothing, or other items, any help is appreciated.
Please also be careful though. Before donating to an organization, check into them first. There are many great and trustworthy organizations helping with relief efforts. Unfortunately, there are already reports of scams collecting money in the name of relief efforts, but only filling the pockets of the scammers. Please don’t let this deter you though. Assistance is greatly needed, and prayers most of all.
Polish people around the world stand with and support our Ukrainian brothers and sisters. Poland still bares scars of invasions, and is well aware of how devastating this can be. Let us pray for a quick end to the tyranny of the invasion and for lasting peace.
St. Benedict Cemetery Desecrated
It is with great sadness that we report that overnight on February 23rd, a vandal(s) desecrated St. Benedict Cemetery, as well as St. Matthew’s Cemetery, by causing damage to the Altar, headstones, and the property as a whole. Graffiti, including swastikas, were spray painted throughout the cemetery. This is a disgusting and cowardly act.
St. Benedict Cemetery is the final resting place for many Polish people and was the parish cemetery for the former St. Mary’s parish.
We ask that if anyone has any information, to please contact Plymouth Township Police at 610-279-1901; or e-mail Detective Sergeant Christopher Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. For neighbors in the areas of the cemeteries, please check your home security cameras and videos, Ring cameras, or such; to see if there is anything that you might have caught that could help police.