I want to take this opportunity in the bulletin to update you on the Inspired by the Spirit campaign and some of the capital projects that we are working on in the parish. Like last year, we will have the parish annual report published around October but I wanted to take a moment to speak more on the capital improvements.
Campaign: The Inspired by the Spirit campaign is wrapping up throughout the Diocese of La Crosse. Not only was it a success in our parish but it was a resounding success throughout the diocese. Our parish met and exceeded our goal of $785,000 in pledges. The diocese as a whole exceeded its $40 million goal and raised $55 million in pledges, of which approximately $36 million will return to the parishes. Currently at OLQH, we have received $250,654 of the $510,250 parish share. Thank you to all who have and continue to participate!
HVAC Temperature Controls: The diocese has approved the project to upgrade our HVAC temperature control system. This is a major expense that was not a part of the campaign. This project will allow the parish and school to more easily monitor and adjust the temperature in the various parts of our building. The materials have been ordered and hopefully the installation will begin in late summer/early fall. Assumption Catholic Schools is assisting in the cost of this project.
Church AC Units: As you might remember, we have been having issues with the church AC units. While the temperature control project described above will fix some of the problems, we had a fan motor die earlier this summer and just two weeks ago had a compressor fail. The necessary parts to fix these units have been ordered. The mandated changes in refrigerants have made the fix a bit more complicated and expensive but it’s still less expensive than installing all new units. OLQH has had these units since 1982 so we have gotten our money’s worth on them.
Rectory Bathrooms: We have selected Altmann Construction to refurbish the rectory bathrooms, as part of the campaign. We are currently waiting on the final bid from Altmann and then, once we receive diocesan approval, we can move forward with this project, probably beginning in the winter of this year.
School Windows: We are hoping to begin the campaign project to replace the school windows and install a drop ceiling and new LED lighting in the school in the summer of 2024. We are currently in the bidding process. This project can really only be done during the summer so as to not interrupt classroom instruction. Assumption Catholic Schools is assisting in the cost of this project.
That’s the update for the now. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like further clarification on any ongoing project. God bless you.