12/09 – Immaculate Conception Mass: 12pm (Not a Holy Day of Obligation); 12/12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Masses: 12pm (English) & 6pm (Spanish) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission (Cherokee)

Parish Projects & Collections

On this page can be found the current projects and collections that our parish is engaged in and has recently completed. If there are any questions or your interested in helping with these in any manner, please feel free to contact either Fr. Shaw or Lois Baker (Parish Council Chair).
 
St. Joseph's
  • Replace carpet in church hall
    • Status - Delayed
    • Estimated Completion - NA
      • While looking at replacing the carpet in the basement, it was discovered that the current carpet in glued onto asbestos tile. Removal of carpet will require asbestos abatement, thus increasing the cost of the project to over $12,000.00 - $15,000.00
  • Replace windows throughout church
    • Status - Delayed
    • Estimated Completion - NA
      • Upon examination of the current windows, a lead paint test showed the presence of lead paint on the lowest layer of paint. While it is sealed with the other layers above it, there is no threat, but the removal of the old windows would require lead paint abatement measures, thus driving up the cost of the project to over $30,000.00. Currently, alternatives are being examined, such as refurbishing the current windows. Estimates on the cost of refurbishment are still being aquired.
  • Replace front door of church
    • Status - Ongoing
    • Estimated Completion - 12/2019 (as of 09/2019)
      • Because of the irregular size of the opening for the door, a custom door will need to be made. A custom door manufacturer from Asheville has been engaged to design, construct, & install the door. 
  • Replace exterior crucifix
    • Status - Ongoing
    • Estimated Completion - Soon! Autumn, 2019
      • Due to the recent damage that happened to the corpus of the crucifix in the front of the church, options for replacements are being examined. Currently, three different religious goods suppliers have been contacted. They are offering options of a fiberglass corpus or a marble corpus. Each has their benefits and drawbacks. More will becoming on this soon!
  • Replace sanctuary crucifix
    • Status - Ongoing
    • Estimated Completion - Soon! Autumn, 2019
      • The crucifix that formerly hung in the sanctuary of St. Joseph's was damaged beyond repair. A perfect replacement has been found and will soon be given to St. Joseph's. It will need to be sent off to be "touched-up" once we have it, but it shouldn't take too long for that to be completed.
  • Replace roof of St. Joseph's
    • Status - Completed!
      • After approximately 30 years, the roof of St. Joseph's was in desperate need of being replaced. Thanks to a benefactor who made a donation specifically for the roof, the cost to the parish was less than $1000. The new roof is made from 30-year architectual shingles, so we hope that the current roof will serve us as well as the previous one did!
  • Install a natural gas line & convert HVAC system to Natural Gas
    • Status - Completed!
      • The cost of liquid propane is quite a bit higher than natural gas, so a natural gas line was run to the church and the furance was converted to use it. Now we can enjoy the warmth in the winter for a quarter of the cost!

Our Lady of Guadalupe

  • Replace Water Supply Line
    • Status - Completed!
      • After 50 years, the glavanized steel Water Supply Line for OLG had built up 1/2" of rust in the interior of the pipe, reducing our supply line from a 3/4" line to (effectively) a 1/4" supply line. The entire line was removed and a new PVC supply line was installed in Spring, 2019.
  • Replace Waste Water Line
    • Status - Completed!
      • After years of problems with the Waste Water Line, it collapsed in December, 2018. Initiating what became a much larger scale project, the Waste Water Line was replaced in Spring, 2019 with a new PVC line, thus ending the previous decade long problems.
  • Replace Storm Water Drains
    • Status - Completed!
      • While removing the old Waste Water Line, it was discovered that the original Storm Water Drains had been tied into the Waste Water Line. This was allowing leaves and other small debris into the lines and clog them. This is thought to have been the source of the problems that previously plauged our Waste Water Line. With the new Storm Drains installed, we hope to have no additional problems with our water lines at OLG!
  • Repave & Expand Paved Parking Lot
    • Status - Ongoing
    • Estimated Completion - TBD
      • The repairs to our water lines required the digging through our parking lot both remove the old lines and install the new lines. This caused the parking lot to be in poor condition and need to be repaved. Additionally, the rear area that surrounds OLG has long been used for parking, but has been unpaved. Bids have been solicited to repave the front area and newly pave the rear area. Two bids have been received, estimating the cost of this project to be between $30,000.00-$35,000.00. These bids, as well as other options, are being considered in light of the financial strain that this might impose upon OLG.
  • Replace flooring in Kateri Center & adjoining hallway
    • Status - Planning
    • Estimated Completion - TBD
      • Now that our water lines have been replaced, one of the next projects is to replace the old & musty carpeting in the Kateri Center and the hallway outside of it. Some of our parishioners have generously offered to provide the labor for the project all that is necessary will be acquiring the materials and coordinating schedules to install the flooring.
  • Replace Road Sign on Tsali Blvd. (US-441)
    • Status - Ongoing
    • Estimated Completion - Autumn, 2019
      • The sign for OLG that is near Tsali Blvd. has faded over the years to be unreadable. Due to a generous donation from a parishioner, a local carpenter has been engaged to make a new and improved sign for us. Look for details coming soon!