Our Lady Queen of Peace to replace roof this fall, currently hosting fundraiser – Boothbay Register

Our Lady Queen of Peace to replace roof this fall, currently hosting fundraiser – Boothbay Register

Our Lady Queen of Peace church on Atlantic Avenue is set to replace the entire main roof of its summer church and steeple this fall after years of continual maintenance. The church has raised about half of the $98,000 project and hopes to obtain the rest before summer ends. However, the organization is prepared to take out a loan if needed. 
“We are in a contract to have it done this fall, whether we raised the money or not,” explained Business Coordinator Charleen Foley. Since the church is not as busy after the summer season, Foley expects that most services will continue uninterrupted during construction. In the event that daily mass is canceled, the church will still be offering mass on Saturday and Sunday. 
The original roof was only put on about 20 years ago but a bad batch of shingles has necessitated multiple repairs since then. According to Foley, there was a class action suit over the recalled shingles but the church was unable to capitalize on it as the diocese had already reached its payout limit due to the other parishes.
In the past six years, high winds and winter storms have caused many shingles to blow off. Leaking has also been a persistent problem but Foley says that besides staining the wood and carpets there has been no major damage. 
The church has undergone several recent repairs, including window and door replacements, vinyl siding to replace asbestos shingles, and a new roof over the parish hall and back areas near the parking lot. Altogether, these projects cost the church over $100,000. This was mostly paid for by the church’s maintenance fund, which a portion of their annual Summer Fair fundraiser is dedicated to. 
In addition to the maintenance fund, the church is also holding a quilt raffle to raise extra money for the new roof. The full/queen size quilt is 100% cotton and was handmade by one of the church’s summer parishioners.
“We thought that a quilt was something that everyone could picture themselves needing to have,” explained fundraiser organizer Martha Barrett. Tickets are $5. The raffle lasts all summer and the winner will be announced on Indigenous People’s Day. All donations given at the church’s electric candle prayer station, donated by Mary Lou Daxland in honor of her mother, will also be given to the roof fund. 
“We’re hoping that the community can get behind us in trying to maintain the integrity of the building for many reasons, including our desire to maintain a place to hold our services and also in the interest of preserving the building’s history and its importance as a landmark to our harbor,” said Barrett.
Donations can be mailed to: All Saints Parish, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath, ME 04530. In memo please note – Our Lady Queen of Peace Roof Fund. To purchase raffle tickets, call 207-633-2680 or see their website for details: www.allsaintsmaine.com
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