(pic 146) By the look on D.D.'s face, I think it was him that put the fly in my cup. Beccie (Yes, it's suspicious how he knew the fly wasn't plastic! Barry) - Beccie, Mon, 31 Oct 2005 5:22PM
Great job on the website, Barry! (Thanks for looking, Emee! Barry) - Emee Wenk, Sun, 23 Oct 2005 8:56PM
It is good to see all the hard work that u guys have put in to the church and website hopefully we will be moved in to the new church soon keep up the spectacular job guys - Desiree, Mon, 17 Oct 2005 6:33AM
Referring to Picture 115: This proves that we are a "universal" church - even when it comes to sharing wood!!! - Floyd LeClair, Tue, 27 Sep 2005 11:34AM
WOW - just amazing! It is going to be so beautiful when finished. Hopefully I (we) can make the trip from Ontario and come and see it one of these years! - Kyle, Lynn & Family - Lynn Balloch, Sun, 11 Sep 2005 7:53PM
What a wonderful thing to do! It is great to see how things are proceeding as I will not be home until everything is finished. Greetings from Switzerland to everyone :-) - Martina Spaeti, Sat, 10 Sep 2005 10:08PM
Ginny, Beccie and Kristen: I'm glad you're enjoying the site. I haven't been able to bang too many nails — but it's good to see that my efforts here are being enjoyed! Keep watching! - Barry Stewart, Thu, 1 Sep 2005 8:33PM
This is good as I can watch everything while living in Cranbrook, now I know exactly what mom is talking about - Kristin Bokenfohr, Thu, 1 Sep 2005 4:45PM
I love your sense of humour Barry! Thanks for doing this - it is so fun to see what you catch each week! - Beccie, Thu, 1 Sep 2005 4:42PM
A great site Barry. Nice to see all the stages, the dedication, the placement of the altar, the new windows going up and so on.... - Ginny Lejeune, Sun, 7 Aug 2005 11:31AM
This is awesome! I'll make sure that the web site address is in the bulletin this coming week - Beccie Bokenfohr, Tue, 2 Aug 2005 11:21AM
DSC 1884 Ginny Lejeune's photo from June 2004. The old church will never be the same, which is why photos are important to have.
I wonder what the new colours will be...
PS-P8317098 Bigfoot sighting! This imprint was left in fresh cement by a Dutchman's shoe. See whose in photo #98...
P5103638 May 10, 2005.
P6054321 The last First Communion before the turn-around of the church. Facing north.
P6054335 The former kitchen (that got the whole ball rolling.)
P6054336 Just enough room to swing a Manx cat, by the tail! The new kitchen could house a couple of tigers!
P7125503 July12, 2005
P7125505 Shot through the window...
P7205679 July 20
P7205681 July 20, looking east to the former bathroom/kitchen areas.
P7205682 July 20, rafters.
P7205683 July 20, looking west into church.
P7205684 Rafters in meeting room. July 20.
P7205685 July 20. Hall set up as church for the duration of construction.
P7205686 July 20: solid wall of 2x4s, near former passageway.
P7205687 July 20. Concrete on altar was hard to budge.
P7275792 According to Beccie, the excavator was completely done the center section demolition in about half an hour. Mark's video of the knock down follows >>>.
church demo.MOV The building came down so quickly because of the prep work done to disconnect it from the side buildings and to weaken the inside structures. (If the movie plays poorly the first time, try again and it may play better once it has fully downloaded to your computer.) Movie by Mark Ryan.
P7275770 July 27. Mark Ryan cuts an opening for a window on the south side of the church.
P7275771 Henry Gouwenberg brought his pick-up truck into the church to drag the altar to its new position.
P7275773 Marcel Monchamp and Leo Vantol, cutting twice!
P7275774 'Had to shoot from the hip to catch Pat Donegan when he wasn't looking!
P7275777 Marcel working out the angle.
P7275781 Looking east from the church.
P7275782 Looking west to the church.
P7275783 Looking south.
P7275786 No nail guns here. Just good old-school carpentry.
P7275791 South end of church (former entrance), in the process of becoming the altar end.
P7275795 Leo and Marcel applying tarpaper.
P7275796 Former altar area now drastically altered.
P7275797 This section will have a crawl space for duct work and other services. New offices and foyer area in the background.
P7275798 No diving!
P7275799 Dan and crew working in 30º+ C heat.
P7275800 Mnt. Cheam in the distance.
P7275805 School building and vacant church property, viewed from the new housing development. The sale of the 2.5 acres to the developer was the major source of building funds.
P7275806 Looking toward Hope.
P7275807 Grass area is church property, kept short by Al Bokenfohr.
P7275808 Looking east.
P8046009 August 4, 2005
P8046011 Back on the wagon: (l-r) Henk Van de Raadt, William Oosterlaar, Pat and Leo load the pews onto Leo's wagon for storage at Leo's farm.
P8046014 The new altar area. Lectern (on left) will be on a raised platform, level with the lowest step.
P8046016 Plumber John Johnnie, breaking ground.
P8046017 Gerard says he got up at 4:30 to milk the cows, got to the church at 8:00 and worked till 5:00 — then was going to ride his bike home, do some farm chores and go shoot some bears! (Nothing lethal... just enough sting to keep 'em out of the corn!) Bedtime, 10:00 p.m. Thanks, Gerard!
P8046018 Make-work project: Gerard's dad, Henry, dumped a load of dirt in this area, then left for a pick up at the airport. Meanwhile, the inspector came by and wanted the dirt removed!
P8046019 Dan's wheel-barrow was falling apart and needed a nut to hold it together... but Father D.D. was fast asleep!
P8046023 We have water!
P8046030 Gerard Gouwenberg and Barry Stewart. Photo by Dan. Got some digital pics of the action? E-mail them to Barry to get them on this site. (Address at top of page.)
P8106319 Aug. 10. Project coordinator and building designer Floyd LeClair is determined to be done by the end of September. (Hey Floyd: is that a plumb jamb? D.D. might like some on his toast!)
P8106325 Gerard salvages the old siding for the new barn. ("Take it easy on the paint!" says Dad.)
P8106332 High-wire act: Marcel and Dan working on the frame above the altar.
P8106337 Terry Hamel of MJD Glass fine-tunes the window frame at the back of the altar, prior to installing clear double-paned glass. Floyd says both of the altar windows will have stained glass inset from the inside. Cost: $8,000 U.S. each. They should be beautiful!
P8106341 Alex McBeth of Dan's Concrete smooths out the pour at the new entrance area.
P8106343 Skim coat applied in the crawl space. Framing over top of it began Aug. 15.
P8106346 Beccie goes Hollywood. "You can be the first to put your hand prints in the new cement!"
P8166427 Aug. 16: Dan Sellinger and brother Joe get ready to install a sheet of 3/4-inch tongue&groove plywood in the kitchen area.
P8166428 Dan's son Dean nails the glued plywood in place.
P8166431 Uncle Joe and Dean get the joist lined up before nailing.
P8166432 Brother, Jeff Sellinger gets a tan while holding the snap line in place.
P8176434 Aug. 17. Dan S. getting framed.
P8176435 This area will include the entry and foyer (right side) and two offices to the left. The roof will be peaked, but slightly lower than the church's.
P8186467 Aug. 18: Gerard and Dan McIntyre using the original cordless saw!
P8186471 Jeff S. lets the sawdust fly.
DRoche0420 Aug 24, the trusses arrive. Diane Roche photo.
DRoche0426 Diane caught me...
P8247011 And I caught her! This is the rough look of the foyer, with a big picture window beside the church entry door.
P8247004 And the Lord said: "Let this church be finished before the flood!"
P8247008 Joe: "It wasn't me, Floyd!"
P8247010 Jon Van de Raadt chains up the rafters..
P8247025 And Gord Palmer of Trusstem Trusses beams 'em up.
P8247012 Dan S., high in the sky.
P8247014 Dan goes front-page with the B.C. Catholic.
P8247015 Gerard — about to get hung! (Just a photographic trick...)
PS-P8307092 Aug. 30. Roof cladding done by the next day. Roofers to arrive early next week, as well as electricians and heating installers.
PS-P8307093 By Friday the 8th, Floyd hopes to have the insulation started — so drywallers can get the walls covered.
PS-P8317095 Aug 31: "HE did it!" says Gerard. Henk van de Raadt forgot about the fresh (but not too fresh) cement when he took a short-cut. Crime scene investigators determined that Henk's size 13+ shoes were a perfect match! No Sasquatch after all.
PS-P8317101 Stamped-and-stained concrete sidewalk done by Don's Concrete, Chilliwack.
PS-P8317100 Getting an idea for how BIG the kitchen will be... this is the west end wall going up — and you can see the north and east walls. On the extreme right edge is the footer board for the kitchen's south wall.
Mark's PICT0063 Dan and Jon sawing a header.
Mark's PICT0068 Dan whaling the header into place.
P9077172 Sept. 7: the roofers arrive en-masse.
P9077174 Another day of great weather. There were probably less than 5 rain days since activity began July 2nd.
P9077175 All framed up. This is the washroom (left) and kitchen area (straight ahead).
P9077176 This big area will be useful for meetings and other gatherings.
P9127403 Sept. 12: roof is done. Lock-up stage accomplished.
P9127404 Plumbing, insulation and electrical to complete before the drywall — some of which is now up. This is the kitchen area.
P9197531 Sept. 19. Dan checks out the fir lumber that he and Floyd will be turning into the main entrance doors
P9197533 Insulation being installed. Fr. D.D. jokingly thought the women had been turned loose and painted the walls pink!
P9197534 New-improved passageway between church (foyer) and kitchen/hall. Women's washroom on the right.
P9217584 Drywall in-place over the altar.
P9217586 Confessional room, which will allow private confessions or face-to-face with the priest.
P9217587 Everybody sing: "24 buckets of mud on the wall, 24 buckets of mud....!"
P9268024 September 26: drywall going up in the foyer.
P9217583 Sept. 21. Door parts taking shape. Floyd had to "borrow" a bit more wood from St. Mary's to have enough for the project.
P9268027 Note the two offices that open onto the foyer.
P9268032 The chips fly as Floyd trims the oak boards for the back of the altar area.
P9298034 Sept. 29. Altar area taking shape.
P9298036 Oak paneling.
PA058148 Oct. 5: Painting the ceiling beams in the church.
PA058149 The view from the foyer. Speakers will be wired-in, so people standing in the foyer can hear the service — even with the doors closed.
PA058150 The connector room between church and hall. There will be an audio/video feed (and TV) here for overflow crowds.
PA058152 One of five furnaces.
PA058156 Dan McIntyre and Floyd discuss the design of the stations of the cross.
ThGiv 5043 Ginny's pic Some pumpkins! Here's Thanksgiving in the temporary church.
PA178323 Fire alarm system getting wired up.
PA184799 Henk applies rubber pads to the pew bases.
PA184802 Leo needs to get the pews out of his barn so he can store RVs and trailers for the winter.
PA188381 Red carpet treatment.
PA194807 Dan doing some finishing on the entrance door frame.
PA194810 Contractor contemplating the siding job. "Maybe when it stops raining?"
PA194812 Floyd shows the doors he created on-site.
PA208400 The new lights went in on the 20th.
PA208401 Finished details on the stations of the cross. Beccie thinks they'll look outstanding on Christmas Eve, when the main lights are down low.
PA208402 Father Justin Trinidad stopped by to see how things are going.
PA208403 Heating contractor Ron Wort of Hope (l) lifts the air inlet vent onto the roof.
DSC 5216 Mary Ann Clancy, William Oosterlaar and Elizabeth Ryan inspect the new kitchen. *** Is that a bucket of pancake batter — ready for the Knight's first breakfast? Nope... just wallboard mud! (Save the bucket!)
DSC 5190 Ginny's pic Daily mass now underway in the reversed church. Floyd (back, left) can now go on his cruise!
DSC 5129 Oct. 26... Power not yet connected.
DSC 5225 Maggie and Floyd LeClair enjoy some after-mass refreshments with Father D.D.
DSC 5221 Beccie: "Okay, who put the plastic fly in my drink?" D.D.: "Tony did it — and it's not plastic!"
Ginny's DSC 5398 At last! First Sunday mass, October 30 — with power, no less!
DSC 5401 It was a l-o-n-g summer's work, but well worth it!
Ginny's 29 First Sunday mass.
Commemorative Coin Rumoured to be worth $10 U.S.!
PB129226 Nov. 12: the women's annual fall tea and bazaar was postponed a bit — but was the first official use of the new kitchen.
PB129228 Getting ready for the prize draw...
PB129230 The new siding was going up with a "Bang, bang, bang!" during the tea. This is the new hardiplank product, which is a cement and wood fiber product. (Will be top-coat painted in the spring.)
PB129232 Nice hat, Mary Ann! Gotcha!
P3132031 The view in March, 2006 from Morrow Road.
P3132030 From the parking lot, with Mt. Cheam to the south-east.