Dear Parishioners and Friends;
Our School Principal, Terri Morgan, has been busy preparing a "back-to-school" plan for this fall. Lots of details, plans, and careful considerations are being worked out with teachers and staff for the well being of our students this fall.
I am very grateful to everyone who stopped by the wake for Fr. Trovato this past Monday, and sent flowers, cards, and condolences and joined via live-stream.
Last Tuesday morning, Bishop Matano celebrated a beautiful Mass for Fr. Trovato in the new Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great at St. John Fisher College.
Some sad news to share... a few months ago, and just before the pandemic got underway, our convent at the Christ the King campus got flooded from a pipe that had burst in the chapel sacristy ceiling. The force of the water penetrated sections of drywall and soaked almost half the convent. The damage required immediate professional remediation to stop mold from taking hold in the building. The costs quickly mounted, and the sisters lost a number of personal belongings from water damage. After further investigation, it was discovered that the water line feeding the convent water supply under the parking lot was also leaking. After having a plumbing assessment done, it became evident that a total replacement of the copper lines throughout the convent was necessary (every room has a sink), plus carpeting, drywall, insulation, faulty heating/air conditioning units, needed electrical work, and a new roof replacement. The overall cost is beyond insurance reimbursement and too costly for the parish to absorb.
When this happened, I immediately offered the sisters the use of St. Margaret Mary's rectory as a quick solution to the problems at the Christ the King Convent. I thought that the sisters might be able to move in immediately. But by then, the pandemic was well underway and we discovered, upon further investigation, serious plumbing issues at that location with leaking tubs and drain lines... another financial challenge to fix.
Unfortunately, with no good alternatives, the sisters have had to make other living arrangements. Two have relocated to the Sisters of Saint Joseph motherhouse and two sisters are finalizing moving into the convent at St. Pius the Tenth in Chili.
The Sisters of St. Joseph have resided at Christ the King for many, many years. Sr. Marion was my music teacher in grade school when I attended parochial school. So many of us adults have memories of the Sisters as teachers in our childhood. They will remain in our hearts with memories of gratitude for their care and holy example.
I wish we could have a parish celebration of gratitude for them. But with this pandemic, we will have to wait. The day will come!
In the meantime, anyone can call the office for addresses or to drop off a card. We will deliver.
Let us pray for each other during these challenging times.
May God bless you!