St. Mary’s, Odessa’s oldest Catholic church, is progressing quickly with intensive inside renovations, however it nonetheless wants half of the $610,000 that the work is costing.
The Rev. Bernard Getigan, senior pastor, is working with a steering committee chaired by Gloria Apolinario to finish work on the altar, baptismal, pews, flooring, ceilings, confessionals and chancery or administrative places of work. This fall, the columbarium the place funeral urns are saved shall be renovated.
“We’re placing cement on the flooring and redoing the electrical wiring,” mentioned Father Getigan. “We can have new ceilings, new flooring with gentle grey tiles everywhere in the church, new stained glass home windows, new pews and a brand new chancery by August or September. The thought started when a hail storm broken the roof in 2017.”
The historical past of the Catholic Church in Odessa dates to 1932, when town’s 5 Catholic households traveled to Midland for Mass. The present St. Mary’s constructing was opened at 612 E. 18th St. in 1955.
Getigan mentioned the venture’s ultimate price might improve as a result of the supplies hold getting costlier, “however we’re nonetheless assured that we will end it.
“We’re solely engaged on the within and the outcomes look good,” he mentioned, noting that half of the cash has been raised from the parish and the remaining borrowed from the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo. “We’re the mom church of all of the Catholic church buildings in Odessa.”
Having began March 16, the overall contractor is Miguel Garcia Jr.’s High quality Roofing Set up and the architect is Stefan Molina whereas Joseph Mansanales stands prepared to put in the tiles when the concrete work is completed.
Getigan has a protracted familiarity with St. Mary’s, having served as its parochial vicar or chief assistant to Monsignor Francis X. Frey from 1998-2000 earlier than returning as pastor in July 2017. “We have now had no issues with getting supplies up to now,” he mentioned.
“The house owners of the businesses are additionally parishioners.”
Apolinario, a Realtor and former regional director for Congressman Mike Conaway, who retired final yr, mentioned she realized the necessity someday when she regarded on the dilapidated ceiling throughout Mass. “Father Bernardito mentioned one thing had fallen from the ceiling and that confirmed how a lot work wanted to be accomplished,” Apolinario mentioned.
“We’re asking for donors for the completely different elements just like the confessionals and the altar, which we want $50,000 for.”
She heads a committee whose members are Amber Mendoza, Marissa Prieto, Joe Jacobo, Irma Castillo and Getigan.
Bishop Michael Sis mentioned St. Mary’s has a outstanding place within the Diocese of San Angelo. “As the primary Catholic parish in Odessa, St. Mary’s Church has deep historic significance for us,” the Most. Rev. Sis mentioned.
“For a number of years, I’ve heard the individuals of St. Mary’s say that they want to renovate the inside of their church constructing. With cautious planning and the session of knowledgeable architects beneath the management of their pastor, Father Getigan, they’ve ready an awesome plan to beautify the church.
“They’re a vibrant group of religion with deep devotion to Jesus Christ and this renovation will tremendously improve their expertise of worship.”
St. Mary’s Catholic Church Renovations