NEWS FROM THE BASILICA
LEFT: Several parishioners spent a few days deep cleaning and polishing the Stations of the Cross so they could be rehung on the walls of the Basilica of St. Fidelis on March 3, 2021. The photo also shows the new paint the Linenberger Painting crew applied to the walls and ceiling over the past couple of months. Cracks in the wood of some of the figures in the Stations will be tended to during future maintenance projects.
Photo taken 3-4-2021.
ABOVE: Two of the Linenberger Painting crew place one of the Stations of the Cross on the pews so the cleaning crew can get it ready to be rehung. The Stations are 8' x 3.5'.
RIGHT: Ken Pfeifer, one of the maintenance men for the Basilica of St. Fidelis, caulks cracks in the main altar. He is also touching up the paint in those areas.
Photos taken 3-3-2021.
ABOVE: Kathy Kuhn, left, and Marilyn Braun do a deep cleaning of one of the Stations of the Cross.
Photo taken 3-3-2021.
LEFT: Tim Linenberger and Brenda Dreiling discuss the cleaning of the Stations of the Cross in the Basilica of St. Fidelis.
Photo taken 3-3-2021.
*Painting in the Basilica of St. Fidelis*
Repair work to fix cracks in the plaster and a repainting of the entire inside has begun in the Basilica of St. Fidelis.
The project is expected to take about 3 months--so until March or April 2021--at a cost of $290,000.00.
It has been 25 years since the last major repainting and repair work; however, minor repair and painting jobs have occurred during those 25 years.
Visitors are still welcome, but scaffolding is everywhere. We ask that everyone please be careful as you make your way around the church.
* Window Repair and Other Projects*
The stained glass windows in the Basilica of St. Fidelis are being repaired by Hoefer Custom Stained Glass of Hutchinson, Kansas. They are re-leading, bracing, and cementing them. They are able to take advantage of the scaffolding that was installed for the painting project to reach the top windows.
Other maintenance projects in the church are also in the works. Refinishing the pews, new carpet and tile around the pews, fixing cracks in the altars, cleaning the altars while the scaffolding is in place, fixing the Cherubim angel statue that was broken and getting it back in its original place by the altar along with its counterpart, repairing the church air conditioning system--these are just some of the projects underway with various parishioners taking on the task of getting things done.
The Diocese of Salina has issued a statement linking to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops response to the COVID-19 vaccines. Click the link below for a full report of those comments.
*Salina Diocese Bishop's Annual Appeal*
Below is a link to the 2021 Bishop's Annual Appeal - Call to Share where you can get more information. You can also donate towards the appeal through this link and specify which parish you want to be credited for your donation.