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In its 150th year, St. Mary's getting internal makeover

  • Ladies of the church pack up hymnals. From left, they are Rosemary Bert, Paula Platt, Kathy Hustedde, Bonnie Todd and partially hidden, Mary Ridgeway.

    Ladies of the church pack up hymnals. From left, they are Rosemary Bert, Paula Platt, Kathy Hustedde, Bonnie Todd and partially hidden, Mary Ridgeway.
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  • The altar at St. Mary's has been removed.

    The altar at St. Mary's has been removed.
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Submitted by St. Mary’s Church in Chester
updated: 5/1/2019 10:39 AM

Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Chester has begun a seven-month renovation of the interior of its church building.

The church building is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019. Plans have been made for the rededication of the church on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019.

The extensive work being done includes the demolition and reconfiguration of the sanctuary; removal of existing carpeting; and removal of the existing HVAC system -- only a small portion of the extensive preparatory work being done by dedicated parishioners.

An army of parish volunteers, under the leadership of Project Manager Tom Sauer and Construction Manager Bill Gross are managing this phase of the project this week.

Preceding this phase, dedicated parish volunteers have already installed a new bathroom. In addition, work has been completed supporting the vestibule, nave and sanctuary floors.

During the next few months, the church building will undergo a complete and total transformation. The church will be completely rewired, repainted and re-floored.

During the past five years the pastor and church leadership have been working extensively with a variety of consultants. Among these consultants is James Hadley, who received his doctoral degree in Liturgical Arts and Architecture in France and Ireland. He presently resides in London, recently moving there from Rome.

While in Rome, Dr. Hadley worked in the Vatican Museums and taught in some of Rome's universities. He has been working with the parish, local businesses and European resources to complete the project.

During the next several months of renovation, parishioners from Mary Help of Christians will be attending Mass at St. Mary Divine Maternity in Ellis Grove. Masses will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays.

St. Mary's at Ellis Grove will continue to celebrate its regularly scheduled 8 a.m. Sunday Mass.