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We will have a building

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This isn't "news" in the sense that you will find it via a link or published news source (at least not yet). But neither does it fit into any of the other categories according to their descriptions. It is serious, so it doesn't fit "Other topics"; it's not "Hot/controversial/debate-intended topics dealing with Religion" so it's not Religious Topics. If there's a better place for this announcement, then I'll count on the moderators to move it.

Yesterday we signed off on the conditions of our offer to purchase a building. We have arranged financing, we've had the building inspection, and everything is in place to carry on. It's now just a matter of having our lawyer take care of all the legal matters involved in the transfer of property and we expect to get the keys on March 20!

We have bought a small Roman Catholic church that was once described as an oratory. For most of the last decade it was used by the traditionalists who wanted the Latin Mass. They outgrew the building - three packed services on Sunday. Their diocese gave them a larger building that was underused. What is now our building will be big enough for us for the foreseeable future - though I won't be upset if I'm proved wrong on that!

It needs very little work to be able to accommodate us for services. Just some adjustments to the floor of the altar, and install some light fixtures. That shouldn't take more than a couple of weeks. Of course there is whole list of things that will get done over the next few months and years. We should be holding services there for most of Lent, but especially for Holy Week and Pascha.

The rented quarters where we have been worshipping for the past ~five years have limited our ability to have services that we wanted. They also kept us invisible to the community as we couldn't have a permanent sign out front.

It will be a lot of work - but the kind of work that brings joy!
 

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Glory to God! We (that is my church) recently purchased our first building as well so I know how you must feel. Though we bought an old Baptist church so it'll require a bit more work than yours it seems. Anyway, congratulations!
 

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Wonderful news! Keep up the good work, and God bless! :)
 

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genesisone said:
choy said:
Pics, pics, pics, pics, pics
They will come in time, dear friend. In the meantime, the best I can do is suggest Google street view at this address: 332 Carlton Street, St. Catharines, ON
Is it that 2-storey house at the corner?

I'd love to see before and after pics.  Hopefully everything is well documented.


Check that, I found it one house down.  Google Maps didn't tag it properly.
 

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genesisone said:
choy said:
Pics, pics, pics, pics, pics
They will come in time, dear friend. In the meantime, the best I can do is suggest Google street view at this address: 332 Carlton Street, St. Catharines, ON

I thought this was too weird of timing for a random chance. Your news was announced at the parish i was visiting(St. George in Niagara Falls, NY), and it was great to hear.
 

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genesisone said:
choy said:
Pics, pics, pics, pics, pics
They will come in time, dear friend. In the meantime, the best I can do is suggest Google street view at this address: 332 Carlton Street, St. Catharines, ON
For the Lazy

Pic:




/stalker
 

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By the way, don't bother looking at the parish website.  Its been taken over by those who park domains and try to sell it for more money.  All you will get are ads.
 

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choy said:
genesisone said:
choy said:
Pics, pics, pics, pics, pics
They will come in time, dear friend. In the meantime, the best I can do is suggest Google street view at this address: 332 Carlton Street, St. Catharines, ON
Is it that 2-storey house at the corner?

I'd love to see before and after pics.  Hopefully everything is well documented.


Check that, I found it one house down.  Google Maps didn't tag it properly.
Actually, you're right. The house was the rectory. The church portion is attached to it, with direct access between the two. We will use the house, which really isn't very large, as a small hall (big enough for coffee hour), some administrative space, and a bedroom for our priest who lives about 45 minutes away. He'll be able to crash there perhaps on Saturday nights once we get started having Vespers, and quite probably some nights during Holy Week. Our priest is a 71 year old widower so having this space was seen as a plus for us.

Dozens if not hundreds of pictures were taken during the inspection, but not very interesting to look at unless your thing is crawl spaces and leaky pipes  :D.

Once we get the keys, we'll start photodocumenting everything, of course, so stay tuned!

And thanks to all for your prayers and encouragement.
 

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This is exciting.  My own parish is looking to construct a new building in the not so distant future as we have outgrown the old building that was purchased years ago.  It is a repurposed Protestant church.  The parish is still growing, I think there's about 7 or 8 catechumens right now.  Most of the converts are from the last 2-3 years.  Projects like this one really is exciting and it reflects the life of the parish.
 
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