January 13, 2019

School Restoration and Jubilee Wing Construction Update – January 11, 2019

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

With grateful hearts we give thanks for the prayer, gifts, talents, patience, creativity, dedication and ministry, as we remember the challenges of the past year, celebrate God’s ongoing guidance and believe that the spirit will empower us in our mission of Opus Christi, Christ’s Work.


  • January 11, 2019 marks the one-year anniversary of the Kaleidoscope wing fire.
  • Fire damage: Kaleidoscope wing unsalvageable.
  • Entire school building, auditorium, gym and Molloy Center damaged by smoke and closed for rehabilitation by Paul-Davis Restoration.
  • Parish office relocated to space in the Rectory.
  • Updates and video presentations informed and updated parents and parishioners frequently.
  • School off-campus instruction weeks of Jan 15 & Jan 22:  On-line classes.
  • Plan Activation parent meeting on January 28 held in the church.
  • John Paul II Building utilized for Grades Pre-K3 through 5.
  • January 29th Grades 6, 7 & 8 students resumed classroom instruction at Mary Help of Christians, North Haledon; January 31st Grades Pre-K through 5 resumed classroom instruction at John Paul II Center.
  • The VFW Hall on Valley Road hosted some of our parish organizations meetings.
  • Return to our School Campus
    • Prayer Service of Thanksgiving held at Mary Help of Christians Academy on April 11.
    • School hosted an Open House and Blessing Ceremony on Sunday, April 15.
    • All students returned to the school campus on Monday, April 16.
  • Molloy Center restoration completed except for Marion Hall which shares a wall with the demolished Kaleidoscope wing and is being restored in conjunction with the building of the new “Jubilee Wing”.
  • April 2018 the architect, Paul K. Tiajoloff, AIA, PP is commissioned to work with Greg Bjork of Bjork Builders, Ltd. to design and build the Jubilee Wing.
  • Parish office and ministries returned to the Molloy Center building at the end of June.
  • Repurpose and construction of two school classrooms for Kaleidoscope program in the former Youth Room.
  • July 1, 2018 architectural plans prepared and ready pending insurance company approval.
  • October 2018, insurance company approved $1,040,970 for rebuilding.
  • October 31, 2018 Diocese gives permission to spend.


  • Architectural plans for the Jubilee Wing include:
    • Full restoration of Marion Hall.
    • Added new entrance into Marion Hall directly from Molloy Center parking lot.
    • Additional multi-person restroom facilities with baby changing stations.
    • Rooms in new wing:
      • Large multi-purpose room with kitchenette.
      • Smaller multi-purpose room.
      • Religious Education facility.
  • January 2019 cement foundation poured for new Jubilee Wing, on-going work in Marion Hall.


  • Projected completion Summer 2019.

Rev. Joseph J Garbarino, Pastor


A Step Along the Way

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime
only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, Michigan

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