Stella Maris gives St. John the Baptists renovation project a boost


By Joel Charron

The ongoing repairs and renovation program at St. John the Baptist Church received a little boost from Stella Maris School recently.

Stella Maris principal, Bridget Russo called a special assembly Thursday morning to announce the school was donating $1,025 to the Church to assist with flooring repairs under six pews.

The money was raised through two pasta lunches and a Valentine’s Day raffle.

Russo noted that Father Brian Jane approached the local Catholic principals last September asking them to assist with fundraising for the Church. Stella Maris came up with two fundraisers within their school.


“We gave it a lot of thought and we decided that we would have a couple of pasta

Amongst a sea of students Stella Maris School principal Bridget Russo presents a cheque for $1,025 to Father Brian Jane

lunches,” said Russo.

Fr. James said he had to turn away people at the 10 a.m. mass on Easter Sunday because of a lack of seating, due to the fact that six pews were closed off because of the rotting floor.

“St. John the Baptist Church is one of the oldest churches in Canada,” Fr. Jane stated. “ Because it’s so old, it requires a lot of maintenance.”

Fr. Jane said the repairs to St. John the Baptist Church is a costly project, however added that it is important to make the repairs so parishioners have a place to worship. St. John the Baptist Church is trying to raise $2-million over ten years.

The fundraising campaign is entitled “Restore the Church that Faith Built.” The church learned in June 2010 that required repairs include masonry and structural deterioration, window, door and boiler room repairs, asbestos removal and flooring, upgrading the handicapped access and adding a handicapped-accessible washroom and repaving the parking lot. Those repairs are estimated at over $767,000, however, they will be notified when the renovations are tendered.

“It’s going to be expensive but every little bit helps,” he said.

Russo mentioned that the school would have an engraved plaque attached to the pews, once the repairs are made.

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