For years, our bell tower repairs have been a death-defying feat. There is no safety equipment to access the bells. A 30’ steel ladder will be installed to the back of the bell tower along with some platforms to allow access and safety during repairs. Two bells need repair and all three bells will be cleaned and the equipment will be given a fresh coat of paint.
The Rectory Basement will be getting some waterproofing. A few years ago, it flooded when it rained and this year, it is flooding when it does not rain. There will be a barrier attached to the walls and a drain added to the perimeter along with a sump pump to carry the water to the drain. This will be carried out by Foundation System of Michigan. This is the first time we have spent any significant amount of money on the rectory in 20 years.
Finally, we hope to see a new roof on the church and rectory this season. Everything is signed, and we just need to wait for an installation date.
We have built up savings since 2006 when we retired out debt. Mostly thanks to the overage from the Annual Catholic Services Appeal and the Changing Lives Together Campaign. These necessary projects will significantly drain our savings. St. Aidan has always been generous, and Fr. Kevin has always made sure we operate with a lean staff. If you are able, please consider an additional donation to either the CSA, Roof fund, or Baptismal Font fund. We have permission to fund raise and avoid the 7% assessment to these funds. If you ask the bookkeeper what to do, he will tell you to go to our “GIVE” tab on our parish website and give to CSA directly through the Archdiocese. This way, your donation will be returned to the Parish without being assessed or paying any processing fees.