UP Catholic 12 18 2015 E Edition Page 10

BY JAMIE CARTER THE U.P. CATHOLIC After several years of praying and saving, St. Ann Parish in Baraga re- cently completed a much needed res- toration of the sanctuary. The resto- ration project included insulating of the roof, new dry wall to the ceiling, new exterior soffits and fascia, new carpeting, interior wood work and decorative painting. In addition, the parish hall received new windows. According to Father Corey Litzner, pastor of the parish, the paint had been chipping throughout the space for some time, along with a water spot on the ceiling above the choir loft from a leak. Due to this, Father Litzner assembled a buildings and grounds committee who looked at what needed to be done, and a plan was executed. With the committee's go ahead and the contractors ready, the doors of St. Ann Parish closed for remodel on Feb. 14, 2015. During that time, Masses were held at Sacred Heart parish in L'Anse, also a parish of Father Litzner. "We wanted to get it ready by Eas- ter," stated Father Litzner. "But, we quickly realized that wasn't possible. I told our councils that I didn't care one way or another if it was done by Easter. However, they themselves said to wait until after Easter was over for the big reveal." The cost of the project was more than $116,000 and was mainly funded by the Our Faith in the Future cam- paign, the invest- ment pool and the parish's building fund. Anonymous donors provided a new Easter candle stand, book hold- er and tabernacle stand. Part way through the remodel, it was recommended by the committee that new carpeting also be installed. The carpeting was paid for by an addi- tional anonymous donor. Following more than two months of construction, the doors of the parish were reopened on April 25 for the official reveal. "At every Mass we spiritually enter into the eternal liturgy of heaven at which all the angels and saints are in attendance at the celestial wedding feast of the Lamb. Through its beauty and splen- dor, St. Ann Church itself now helps us to 'lift up' our hearts and minds to God," said Father Litzner. "After Mass on the 25th, one of the parish- ioners remarked to me that he really felt like he was in heaven. That's what a church building should do." It took many contractors to com- plete the task at hand. Hired for the project were Northern Drywall in Hancock, DP Construction in Chas- sell, The L'Anse Furniture Mart, and Kitslaar Inc., Painting and Decorat- ing of Green Bay, Wis. 10 December 18, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC CONSTRUCTION www.upcatholic.org We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Providing quality construction in the Upper Peninsula for over a century 180 Traders Mine Road Iron Mountain, Michigan 49801 (906) 779-2303 www.gcfirst.com St. Ann Parish undergoes remodel in 2015 PHOTOS COURTESY OF ST. ANN PARISH (Left photo) The altar of St. Ann Parish in Baraga during the remodel of the parish this past spring. (Right photo) The altar following the completion of the project. During the remodel, parts of the sanctuary were restored along with the installation of new carpeting. We're online! The U.P. Catholic Newspaper www.upcatholic.org Facebook www.facebook.com/ theupcatholic Twitter www.twitter.com @theupcatholic YouTube www.youtube.com/ theupcatholic

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