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The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Bathroom Renovation & Expansion Project Ready to Commence!
We are almost ready to begin the long-anticipated renovation of the bathrooms in St. Stanislaus Church. This exciting project is long overdue. If you have been in the Church over the years, you are aware of the size and inconvenience of the restroom facilities. The two bathrooms located in or off the front lobby of the Church (Main Street entrance) are original to the 1964 building. They have served the parish well. Now, it is time for a much –needed up date of the facilities for the years ahead!
We realize there are a lot of questions around this project:
Why do we need an update? Our bathrooms are original to the building. They are tiny, uncomfortable, dark, single use, and inconvenient to parents with infants and toddlers who have to accompany their children in their need. Brides and bridal parties need more space to prepare to walk down the aisle.
How much will it cost and how will we pay for it? Based on what we would like to do and space available, this qualifies as a “Mid-range” capital project by the Archdiocese (i.e., expected cost is between $100K – $199K). This project will probably be on the high-end of that category. Through the generosity of those who used the “Renovation” envelopes over the past year(s), the Parish has been able to collect sufficient funds to cover the cost of this project, and is prepared to make up any difference if the final cost exceeds collections.
What are some of the details of the renovation?
- The entire Main Street entrance will be reconfigured. Bathroom facilities will be doubled to accommodate four users and will comply with ADA codes. Additional amenities include a lobby water fountain, baby changing station, and seating for parents with infants. Aesthetically, the space will be brighter and welcoming.
- On the BVM-Lansdale Avenue side of the back, there will be one large Women’s Room, with two toilets, and large mirrors for brides – and other parishioners — who want to look their best.
- The St. Joseph-Parking Lot side of the back will offer unisex family bathrooms, one of which is ADA compliant. To accommodate the changes, the candle room and usher closet will be relocated, the former will move to the inside of the Church.
Who is doing the work? St. Stanislaus Parish has retained the professional services of KCBA Architects to provide architectural and engineering drawings, ensure code compliance, and preparation of the required documents needed for approvals of the project from local authorities and the Archdiocese. KCBA has extensive prior experience with churches in the Archdiocese – St. Maria Goretti, St. Alphonsus, St. Elizabeth, MMR, Corpus Christi, and many others. They will administrate contract bidding and recommend a contractor, along with administering the renovation processes.
Why do we need this project now, as opposed to waiting until later? If you have ever used the facilities at Church, the answer if fairly obvious: we desperately need to update! Let’s face it: the longer we wait, the more it will cost. Thanks for your patience and generosity, NOW is the time when the money and the desire for change are there! The renovation will include measures to make the facilities more accessible to those with disabilities, and enable the parish community to better welcome those who are physically burdened or incapacitated.
What is the timeline for the project? In an ideal world, (i.e., if all of the local approvals are secured, contractor bids come in as expected from a cost perspective, and there are no unanticipated construction problems) we envision a three-month renewal process. While on weekends the current bathrooms will be available, we anticipate times when the old bathrooms will NOT be accessible for use. Hopefully (say a prayer PLEASE!) we will be finished by Thanksgiving or before Christmas … maybe the ideal world will be ours!
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St. John’s Hospice 2018 Summer Newsletter, available HERE!
Safe Environment Class Opportunity at St. Stans! If you are interested in volunteering with CYO, St. Stanislaus Parish, or with Mater Dei Catholic School, take advantage of the 2 opportunities available at our own St. Stanislaus to take the mandatory Protecting God’s Children class:
Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm, or
Sunday, September 23 at 7pm
All session take place in the Parish Center. Register today at www.virtus.org
Catholic Women’s Conference, October 27, 2018: Click on the video below for a preview!
Click HERE for more information. Please note that groups of 5 or more get a $10 discount off each individual registration, so consider making arrangements as a group! If you are unable to gather your own group of 5 or more women, please contact Leona Russell by August 9 at email@example.com or 215-855-9893 to be included with our parish group and still save $10!