Remodel News

Event Date: STARTING NOVEMBER 3, 2017


ALERT:  Starting Friday, November 3  parking may be a challenge.  The excavators will be prepping areas of the lot for asphalt paving.  They will also work on the planter areas in front of the church and school.

Some areas affected by excavation:  the region between the school and parish office on Thursday 11/9.  South corner near Serendipity School and the gravel area may be roped off this coming weekend (November 4-5).  If you are capable of walking well, please consider parking farther away from the church entrance, or even along 148th so people with less mobility can have access to closer parking.  Thank you!

Builders at this time, are working as quickly and efficiently as they can to complete and install the following:

Cedar siding, electricity and mechanics, and interior insulation.

Our project manager, David Mastroieni continues to work with the contractors to assure schedules are met.  At this time, he is specifically working on the following schedules:

Sheet-rocking, interior ceiling painting, delivery date and installation for pews through New Holland Manufacturing. 

 Most of the sidewalks have been poured and have cured. Thanks to parishioners and to the Serendipity School (located on the south end of our parking lot) for your continued patience with the disruptions we've undergone these past weeks.

  Mr. Mastroieni also continues to work with the City of Portland regarding water meter location and the water line.  Fr. Ted and the building committee are working closely with Mr. Mastroieni and the contractor, assuring that construction stays within budget, is as close to our time schedule as possible, and that work is being completed at or above standards.  

If you have any questions, please contact David Mastorieni, project manager, at

The Space : We are working very hard to provide space that is comfortable and safe for all of our parishioners during the remodel. We have set up two classrooms and the basement for weekend masses. This may be an opportunity for you to try out the 8:30AM or 5PM mass in order to help us accommodate everyone.

Live Flowers : Because you, the parishioners are our prime priority, we want to use our space and resources for you. Thus, we will be unable to accommodate or care for live flowers during the remodel.

Can you Help: During the transition to our new worship space we need more volunteers to assist with greeting, ushering, and collection at all three Masses. These opportunities will probably only last 3 months. See Deacon Mike.

Existing Stained Glass- As part of the demolition, we are preserving as much of the old stain glass as possible. The preserved pieces will be stored for now until we can determine the final disposition.

Parking: To prepare for construction, Serendipity has implemented a new bus route for the parking lot. During daily morning mass only, there will be a sign on the south entrance: Please Use North Driveway. That sign is for school buses only. Parishioners are welcome to use both driveways. The buses will line up in the parking lane nearest the parish center. If you need to leave early from mass, you won’t want to park in those spaces because you may be blocked in by the buses. Of course, this will only be for this year of construction. Thank you for your patience!

Coffee During Construction : Coffee will not be available after daily and weekend masses or for meetings during the remodel. Thank you for your support and understanding as we progress through this project!

Breaking Bread Books and Kneelers: As a courtesy to our cleaning staff please remember to set your kneelers and books on your seat at the end of every mass. This helps housekeeping when floors need to be cleaned. Thank you!

Narrowing Hallway: A temporary wall is being built in the school hallway which will make it more difficult for traffic flow. Therefore, it is important that we not congregate just inside the front entrance to the school.

Bulletins Relocated: In order to accommodate the smaller hallway, bulletins and other literature will be moved to the middle of the school hallway for pickup.

Handicap Parking:  Please keep the parking spaces closest to the front door of the school wing accessible for handicap parking.
Safety Fencing The wire fencing that surrounds our church and social room is there for safety reasons. Please do not go beyond the fence.