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The Historic Beautification of our Parish Church

THE FRUIT OF THE “ONE FAITH, ONE HOPE, ONE FAMILY” CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

The top priority of our recent capital campaign included the beautification of the interior of our historic church, including an upgrade to the restrooms, repair of water damage to the plaster walls, complete interior repainting, new lighting, renovation of the sacristies and moving the tabernacle back to a central place in the sanctuary. Also, included in the beautification plan is the creation of a memorial honoring the Dominican Sisters who taught in our schools for over one hundred years. As this exciting beautification process unfolds in our church between January – August of 2019, we plan to post regular updates below to highlight the repairs, construction, and beautification projects underway with images and some descriptions. Please check back regularly!

COLOR PALATE FOR CHURCH BEAUTIFICATION
The below colors will give you an idea of the colors that have been chosen under the guidance of our architect, William Heyer. The samples below do not reflect the various paint finishes that were chosen or a blend of two colors that will be used for the ribbing — but this at least gives a very good sense of the paint colors for the church beautification. 

Nave Side Aisle Walls
West and East Side Shrine Walls

Sanctuary Walls
Ceiling Vault Spandrels

Ceiling Ribbing

Sanctuary Ceiling

Week 19 – 12 May
Muralworks continues decorative floral painting on the ceiling and spandrels in the nave… they’ve needed more time on this project than they expected, so this continues now until closer to the end of May. Below you’ll see what the floral bosses look like for the side aisle ceilings. Claypool continues electrical work in the church most all the wires and external outlets on the pillars have been recessed. Corna’s crew is working to install wood furring strips on the brick walls of the nave in preparation for the installation of the wood wainscoting.. hopefully beginning next week. They are also working on constructing the coffered ceilings in the main vestibule and quieting room. Jones-Schlater Flooring should be finishing the tile installation in the new restrooms this week. Work slowly continues in the sacristy bathrooms with the installation of a small heater, exhaust fan and the beginning of drywall work.

Week 18 – 5 May
Muralworks continues the decorative floral painting on the ceiling floral bosses and column spandrels… this continues into mid-May. Martin Painting continues to work where they can to patch, sand, and prep the walls of church for painting. Claypool continues LED lighting work inside the church as well as recessing speaker wires and power lines into the columns so they will no longer be visible on the exterior. Jones-Schlater Flooring continues installing the tile wainscoting in the new restrooms this week. Corna has continued work in the 2 new confessionals in the East part of the nave with the installation of insulation and a jack post column for support of the upper wall of the church. There is no structural concern above the confessionals, this support jack is just there to sit beneath the window sill so it cannot bow in the future.

Week 17 – 28 April
Muralworks continues the decorative floral painting (in stages) on the ceiling floral bosses and column spandrels… this continues into May. Martin Painting continues to work where they can to patch, sand, and prep the walls of church for painting. Claypool continues electric work inside the church and for some new exterior lights outside the South Entrance and Sacristy. Corna has framed the walls in the sacristy for a bathroom and additional closet. Progress continues in the new restrooms with the installation of lighting fixtures by Claypool. Jones-Schlater Flooring is installing the tile flooring and tile wainscoting this week into next week.

On Wednesday we visited Bent Tree Woodworking, where Steve our craftsman, has been working on a number of wood pieces for our church’s beautification. You’ll see a couple images of the lower section of the main reredos from the sanctuary — but it will look a bit different! You’ll find it has been elevated on a frame structure below to accept the Altar of Repose that will be constructed out of red oak later this month to match the style and stain of the existing reredos. Does the gothic canopy that has been inset into the old reredos look familiar to you? (it is the top of the blessed sacrament tower that stood in the North side nave of church previously) Beneath it, in the illuminated area, will sit the marble and gold Altar crucifix that had most recently been in the main reconciliation room – but previously stood atop the high Altar in the original sanctuary reredos. Beneath that, in the empty square area, will be secured the existing tabernacle from church. (see a blueprint image to see this illustrated) You’ll also see decorative gothic accent pieces: crockets, oak leaves, and finials that will be placed on the arches which will house the paintings and the spires (see a blueprint image below to see this illustrated also). When the main reredos is complete, you won’t be able to tell the new woodwork from the old. Additionally various parts will be accented with gold paint. You’ll also find a mock-up in poplar wood of one of the side shrine details. The facade pieces of wood are mock-ups for review… the final side shrines will look very similar and will be crafted out of red oak and stained to match the main sanctuary reredos. Lastly, you’ll see the gothic frames in progress for our existing stations of the cross. These will be stained in a color in the same family as the other woodwork in the church.

Week 16 – 21 April
Below are a few pictures of the progress Martin Painting is making on stripping, sanding, and refinishing our church pews. The warm chestnut colored stain will be lighter than the previous stain to show more pew carving details and the natural grain of the wood.

Week 15 – 14 April
Muralworks continues the decorative floral painting (in stages) on the ceiling floral bosses and column spandrels… this continues through April and into the first part of May. Martin Painting continues to work where they can to patch, sand, and prep the walls of church for painting. Claypool continues electric work. This week they energized the LED spotlights that illuminate the sanctuary, front side walls where the side shrine will be, and the stations of the cross. It was wonderful to see lights proper to the church being used to illuminate the upper church after several months of only mobile work flood lights of various color temperatures! By the end of this week, Corna should have the walls of the new restrooms and confessional room primed and painted.

Week 14 – 7 April
Muralworks continues the decorative floral painting on the ceiling bosses and spandrels… this continues for most all of April. Corna will finish the hanging of drywall in the new restroom areas and reconciliation room. Worthington Air should finish making final connections for the furnace in this area. Martin Painting continues to work where they can to patch, sand, and prep the walls of church for painting. 

Week 13 – 31 March
Martin Painting has finished painting the ceiling & ribs and is now working on prepping, patching, sanding, and primer-painting the walls of the church. Claypool has been cutting out holes in the ceiling to receive the new LED light fixtures that will be installed. Muralworks continue the decorative floral painting on the ceiling bosses and spandrels… this continues for most all of April. Corna will insulate the restroom and reconciliation room walls and should begin hanging drywall later this week! 

Below are images of: spotlights that have been installed atop the column capitals that will shine down to illuminate the stations of the cross on their new gothic frames (note the column itself has not yet been painted); spandrels in various stages of decorative floral painting; and the final floral boss in the center nave… this will be done 5-6 more times down the center nave with the flowers being rotated each time so each floral boss looks different.

360 VIEWS – 25 MARCH
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Main Nave

Reconciliation Room

Saint Mary of the Assumption
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Lancaster, Ohio 43130
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Sunday Mass Schedule:
Saturday: 5:30 pm
Sunday: 8:45 am and 11:15 am

Daily Mass Schedule:
Monday & Wednesday: 7:00 am
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 am

Holy Day Schedule:
Masses: 7:00 am, 9:00 am, and 7:00 pm

Confession Schedule:
Saturday: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Or by Appointment

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