Today, on Trinity Sunday, we had the distinct privilege of returning, once again, to St. John the Evangelist/Holy Rosary Church.  If you remember this postand this post…then you know that this project is near and dear to our hearts.  Though we’ve not been able to contribute nearly as much as we’d like in time and talent, there is a sense of accomplishment in seeing what little we’ve invested stretched so far.  Many kind souls have come to the aid of this beautiful, historic Catholic Church…and bit by bit, it is being restored to its former glory.

Perhaps you remember these first photos at the beginning of the project:

Once all the carpet had been stripped, the arduous task of pulling staples, nails and scraping glue were next.  What a job!  Tens of thousands of nails and staples had to be removed by hand, before the sanding and finishing of the floor could be done.   By utilizing volunteers for this work, we were able to save the parish thousands of dollars.  It was tough…

…but look at the results!

The floors are finished!  And I mean “finished…”  The patina of the old wood with its many “wounds” is just perfect…

It makes a girl want to dance…

And a man want to kneel…

There is still much to be done…the organ will probably be reassembled within the next couple of weeks…in the meantime, our music minister, Shawn, just couldn’t resist showing the children how to blow into the pipes!  They even gave a choral demonstration…amazing!

And remember the rose window?  The lead glazing had completely disintegrated and the window was in grave danger of complete destruction.  A sole contributor is financing the $38,000 reglazing of that beautiful window…and generations of Catholics will remember the generosity of this individual who so loved God’s house…

Join us, won’t you?  As I said in a previous post:

If you have prayed for the success of this project, may God bless you!

If you have picked up a hammer, staple puller, scraper, etc…and incurred blisters, splinters and a sense of pride in time well spent, may God bless you!

If you are considering contributing in some way…time, talent or treasure…may God bless and encourage you!

There is so much to be done, and many “coins of the realm” are needed to restore this Church to its former glory.  May the Holy Infant of Prague, restored to the sanctuary of St. John’s  on the 356th Anniversary of the Coronation of the Holy Infant, bring blessing and success to this precious parish…

If God so moves you to contribute, please forward to either addresses.  Be sure to indicate that your contribution is towards the restoration of St. John’s…may God bless you for your kindness and generosity!

Holy Family Catholic Church
584 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215

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Columbus, OH 43215