Church Renovation


Dear parishioners!

 

Last spring I received a letter from Bonifatiuswerk. Bonifatiuswerk is a German Catholic foundation with its roots back in 1849. It operates under the motto Keiner soll alleine glauben (No one holds their faith alone). Its task is to broadly support Catholic activity and religious life and to strengthen Catholic faith where it is needed. This includes the Catholics in the Nordic countries, where we are very few small compared to the rest of the population. Our congregation has also enjoyed the support of the Bonifatiuswerk previously, when the Birgitta Hall was built. There is a plaque at the entrance to the Brigittine sisters to remind us of the kindness of the Bonifatiuswerk toward us.
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Now the letter contained information that the parish had been granted substantial support for renovation. Nevertheless, we must pay a part of the total costs, and this will certainly strain our economy. We have opened a special renovation account. Father Pasinato, our diocesan administrator, supports wholeheartedly this big renovation project of our dear church.

 

Church renovation account

FI88 1544 3000 2018 35
NDEAFIHH

 

A project group has been set up for the project, consisting of the parish members Benito Casagrande and the two members of the economic council, Johannes Salminen and Robert Paul. The project team includes also Juha Lehtonen and Ismo Tuulianen from the engineering company LeVIA as well as Jouni Allén, master builder responsible for renovation supervision. I am the chairman of the project team.
The project team has officially met 7 times and parts of the project are taking shape. The aim is to repair the heating, water and air conditioning systems and to make the necessary structural changes to the rectory and the parish hall. The electrical system will also be renewed. The visible construction work will start next spring. To date, the heat distribution room has been cleared from asbestos and the old heat distribution unit has been replaced by a brand new one. The actual renovation project activities are planned to start next summer, by which time we hope to have received the approval of the city authorities.
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The church building is from 1966 and is clearly in need of renovation. We are happy and grateful to the Bonifatiuswerk for their support. This is one of the largest renovation project of the church building ever. Our economy is strained and I urge everyone to take note of the account number of the renovation project above – something to consider, for example, when you figure out what charitable support you could provide this Christmas.
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Let us pray for the smooth and successful progress of the project and for the Bonifatiuswerk.
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Turku 12.11.2020

 

Parish priest Peter Gębara (SCJ)
☏ 0400 458128
☏ +358 400 458128
✉ peter.gebara (at) katolinen.fi

 

PS: Please check that I have your e-mail address. If it has changed, please send me your new e-mail address. Since mailing is too expensive for us to do very often, e-mail is one of the most important channels of communication between us. You may also read about our activities on the web: birgitta.katolinen.fi.

 


Dear parishioners!

 

As we open a new semester, I am reaching out to you, dear parishioners. In my previous message early this summer I wrote about where we are with the renovation project of our church building. The work progressed a bit slowly during the summer, but now we are up to speed again.
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The priests’ quarters, the parish hall and the kitchen of the parish hall are being renovated. I have been asked if we are going to have a toilet in connection with the cloakroom. Here I have to bring some disappointing news: this is not possible due to current plumbing.
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The renovation project seems to take longer and cost more than we anticipated. I have no exact final date of when the work will be completed, but by Christmas everything should be done. The renovation does not affect masses and other activities in the church interior, but since the priests have moved to the sisters’ guest house, there is no guarantee that ringing the door bell of the rectory will result in anybody hearing and opening the door. To get in touch with a priest, it’s best you call by telephone. Father Stani has the number 045 840 7191 and my number is 0400 458 128.
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The Bonifatiuswerk reimburses a major part of the costs for the renovation of our 50-year-old but so very dear church building, and it is up to the parish to do its part. By the end of August, the renovation costs have amounted to 147 814,91 €. The parishioners have magnificently supported the building fund with 59 205,85 € plus with a payment from the parish account of 5 097,18 €. To date, the Bonifatiuswerk has provided 150,000 €.
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In early September 2021, we had to reapply for support from the Bonifatiuswerk, as required by their instructions, since the self-financing portion to be paid by our parish might increase. It became clear the total budgeted cost, estimated at approximately 386,000 € (plus VAT 24% totaling 478,640 €) would not suffice, because of rises in estimated cost for building inspection, planning and construction work itself. The budget stands now at 466,000 € (plus VAT totaling 577,840 €). The final reimbursement percentage provided by the Bonifatiuswerk is not certain – we estimate and hope that it will be 85%.
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The ongoing renovation is the first major renovation ever done of our church building. Old building technology must be modernized. Air conditioning must be built, energy recovery is needed. Electrical circuitry must be updated to modern standards. Water and sewage systems need to be renewed. I am now reaching out to you, my dear parishioners, to secure our financial liquidity. We are not a wealthy parish, as is no other parish in Finland either, but we need proper church facilities. We must realize that we have gotten a unique opportunity to renovate our church building. We have grasped this opportunity and want to pull it through with dignity and elegance. We need each other to strengthen the building fund and I deeply appreciate your offering to the benefit of your church and thank God for your generosity. That is why I want to remind you that the building fund account is still open for contributions.
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My warm greetings and blessings to you all!
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Turku 10.9.2021

 

Parish priest Peter Gębara (SCJ)
☏ 0400 458128
☏ +358 400 458128
✉ peter.gebara (at) katolinen.fi

 


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