On Sunday, Jan. 4, the sound system failed, leaving us without amplification for both Sunday Masses. We were able to make a temporary repair this past week, but the system is 26 years old, and we urgently need to move forward on replacing it.

We have been working with an independent consultant to upgrade the sound system. The first phase of the upgrade was installing acoustic panels on the back wall to improve intelligibility. That was completed last fall.

We have obtained three bids from contractors and identified the company we want to replace the sound system. Our next step is to get approval from the diocese to move forward on the project. The diocese requires that we have the funds on hand to cover all costs before we begin.

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to collect approximately $50,000 through the Diocesan Annual Appeal to put toward replacing the system. The actual cost of replacing the system is considerably more than that. Specifically, we are working to identify how to fund the cost of replacing the large speakers in the sanctuary with the speakers recommended by our consultant. These speakers are tall, thin columns that will blend in with the sanctuary arch and be far less noticeable.

We’ve had a number of projects and repairs that have put pressure on our resources in the past few years, but we have faith in the Holy Spirit and the Mother of God community that we will be able to meet our needs – especially our ability to hear and proclaim the Word of God.

We will keep you updated on our progress. Thank you in advance for your patience and support.