Special Appeal

This summer, major repairs will be made to our Church roof directly over our Sanctuary and worship area.  With the support of all our Parish families we can reach our fundraising goal to pay for the project!  Please read on.

Raise the Roof Fundraiser!

Raise the Roof with Fr. Joe, please click here for more details.

Specific Concern

Our Church Building is 27 years old.  While basic roof maintenance is expected, the roof over our Sanctuary is water-damaged in several areas, including upper walls and windows.  Extensive repairs are needed to secure the roof now, to prevent more water damage and avoid even higher repair costs.

The concerns identified include:

  • Roof shingles reached their life span
  • Vapour barrier of the roof is not totally sealed (moisture, mold in roof insulation)
  • Compromised air and vapour barrier in upper walls and around upper windows
  • Signs of rot on window sills due to no ventilation of the stained glass
  • Improperly installed ridge shingles and dormer flashing
  • “Reverse slope” in some places on flashing at lower windows
  • Moisture leakage into wall areas due to eavestrough sitting on wall
  • Heat loss at steel roof beams (so more condensation is likely)

Repairs

The drawing below indicates the repairs needed. 

roof southroof west

Support From All Parish Families Will Make a Difference!

Our Parish families can support the project by donating an affordable amount to our Parish Building Fund.  Every donation is important and appreciated.

Suggested donation amount: $14.50 per month to the Parish Building Fund for 12 months (or a one-time donation of $175). 

Donations may be made:

  • On-line (credit card/PayPal): Click Donate Online on our homepage and follow the on-screen instructions. Please select Building Fund under the Fund field.
  • By debit – Complete the form: “Debit Authorization - To Donate Monthly to The Building Fund” (available from our Parish Office (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday)). You may also use this form to revise an existing debit authorization. 
  • By cheque – if you use boxed envelopes, please place your donation in the green envelope marked Contingency Fund (this is the Building Fund). If you do not use boxed envelopes, please use a plain envelope, and mark it “Building Fund.”    

(Tax receipts issued for debit or cheque donations of $20 or more.) 

Our Building Fund

The Parish Building Fund is used only for major church building maintenance projects.  It is funded by Parishioners’ generous donations.  Currently, the fund could cover 40% of the total cost of the roof project.  By raising the needed additional funds this year (approximately $470,000) we can cover all the costs.    

More Information

A Parish Roof Project team will lead a two-month information campaign in May and June 2018.  Contact Terri at  

Roof Project Updates

Early April

A group of parish volunteers formed a roof project team to coordinate an information and fundraising campaign, at the request of the Parish Finance Committee. 

April 7

Brother Anthony Council – Knights of Columbus hosted a Beatles “All You Need is Love” Tribute Night to raise funds for the roof project.  The event generated more than $10,500 in proceeds to the project.

April 12

Parish issued a Bid Tender Package to a list of qualified contractors.

May 3

Bids received from contractors on the roof project and will be reviewed by a team of Parish Maintenance Committee members and an architectural firm, hired by the Parish to assist in the process. 

May 10

Roofing contractor selected from among those that submitted bids to repair the roof, upper walls and windows.  The total cost of the roof project is over $800,000. 

May 11

Parish Roof Committee confirms fundraising target for the Parish Building Fund at $470,000 to pay for the roof project, the balance being covered by existing monies in the Building Fund.  A big thanks once more to all who have contributed to our fund over the years, giving us a head start in paying for our roof project!

May 12/13

The CWL holds its annual Mother’s Day Rose Sale after the weekend Masses, with proceeds being directed to the Parish Roof Project.  A big thanks to the CWL for their generous support!

May 26/27

The youth of Holy Family Parish sell homemade cookies after weekend Masses to raise money for the roof project.  Thanks to all our youth for their wonderful contribution to our Parish project! 

May 28 - June 1

The stained glass windows are removed and will be inserted in ventilated supports before being re-installed.  This is the first repair in the roof project.

June 2/3

In May, the first full month of the fundraising campaign, our Parish community has raised $100,000 toward the roof project.  These funds are added to those already in the Parish Building Fund, bringing the total to $425,000, which is more than half way toward the total roof project cost of $800,000.

July 11

Our Parish Building Fund stands at $481,000.  About $156,000 of this amount was raised since the start of our roof project fundraising campaign in early May. 

 July/August

Here’s another way to donate!  If you buy groceries, then please consider buying grocery gift cards from the Knights of Columbus after weekend Masses.  The cards are worth the face value (what you pay for them) at major local retailers. Proceeds from the card sales will be donated to the roof project!  Big thanks to our Knights of Columbus for their ongoing support of our Parish and roof project!    

August 19

With parishioners’ generous support, the Parish Building Fund stands at $505,015 (as of August 10). Scaffolding is being assembled. Demolition will be followed by window removal and installation of new windows. Work will then proceed upwards.

August 21

New window installation delayed due to unforeseen wood rot found in plywood and frames, requiring their removal and rebuild, at additional project cost (to be determined). Project will continue beyond September.

August 31 

The additional roof project work cost (see August 21 item) will be approximately $265,000, bringing the estimated total roof project cost to $1.1 million . The Parish Building Fund, now at $511,000, will cover about 47% of the revised total cost.

October 13, 2018

260 people attended our parish community’s “Raise the Roof with Fr. Joe” in the Parish Hall on October 13! BIG THANKS to Fr. Jozef and the many generous attendees, sponsors, our entertainers, silent and live auction donors, and volunteers who served at the event! It was a wonderful parish community effort that raised $35,000 toward our Building Fund, in support of our roof project.