PHASE I – Spring of 2011: Repair and restoration of serious leaking roof in choir. Repair extensive organ case damage. We began Restoring St Casimir’s Church, built in 1927 by Rev Anthony Majewski and local architect Chester Oakley.
PHASE II – Summer of 2011:
- Critical repair of unsafe towers and replacing rotted ribs on inner East apse ½ dome as well as reimage damage to cloud formations of the Coronation of Our Lady Apse over high altar—original work of the local Polonian master artist M. Rzeźnik.
- Replace or insert 450 missing or damaged artistic terracotta tiles in Great Dome, Apse Dome, and 4 smaller domes.
- Install a professional emergency alarm system in Church, Old & New Rectories, change standardized locks.
PHASE III – Summer of 2012: Repair holes, rust, and rustproof on 18 terracotta frame, brick, and metal flashing around 18 stained glass windows all around the nave and two large terracotta frames, brick, and metal flashing securing major stained glass in 2 transepts.
PHASE III – Summer of 2012 : Repair holes, rust, and rustproof on 18 terracotta frame, brick, and metal flashing around 18 stained glass window all around the nave and two large terracotta frames, brick, and metal flashing securing major stained glass in 2 transepts.
Funds key to the initiating of PHASE IV were raised through the Family Vine Memorial Chapel. Generous Members and their Families, along with Friends of St Casimir, and a priest vocation from the church raised the necessary $50,000.
The unique Chapel presents Jesus’ Saving Cross, plunged into the earth by his loving Father. The fruits of the Cross spring from a lush vine extending throughout the chapel. This event marries Heaven to Earth in ascending and descending heart crosses. Across gold sky rays, silver stars shimmer with supernatural light. These spiritual nuptials are encircled with an engraved ring proclaiming: I am the vine, My Father is the Vine-grower. You are the branches.
The priest’s anointed hands bestow bountiful graces to families from each continent as they celebrate faith at home. Created by the fourth generation of the WNY Świątek Family of Świątek Studios, of all who worked on St Casimir’s Landmark since its inception.
To participate in this heritage restoration for generations to come, call the Church Office: 716-824-9589