Dear People of St. Bernard,
In 2016 we begin an all-out-effort to restore and expand our 110-year-old church organ. The last major restoration was 60 years ago. The organ console was replaced and the control mechanism that opened the air ducts to the pipes went from a pneumatic system to an electric system.
Last week we published this article. And, almost on cue, one of the organ pipes gave out at the end of the 4:30 Mass. That was that squealing noise you all heard. People have come by this week to “Dedicate an Organ Pipe” in the name of a loved one. As you can see from our display at the church front entrance, we are only a third of the way to our goal. We have plenty of pipes to dedicate. Our current organ has only 28 ranks of pipes. The renovated organ will have 42 ranks and trumpets. It’ll be an incredible sound!
As I’ve mentioned in the past, the reason for this fund is simple: outside of routine maintenance, very little has been done to correct pipes that no longer speak. Our organist, Jim Kintz, has mysteriously worked around all the defects in our organ without us noticing.
We will replace the current console, the wind chest reservoirs, and also refurbish some of the existing pipes, replacing other pipes, and adding many more pipes to expand the instrument tonally. There will be a total of 2,481 newly restored pipes speaking on our church organ.
We were successful in razing the school and expanding our parking lot, I believe WE CAN DO THIS!! Here’s how:
1) ROOTED IN FAITH – FORWARD IN HOPEWe ask all who pledged to this Diocesan Campaign in 2012 to continue to honor your commitment. Seventy percent of your honored pledge now comes back to the parish. Those quarterly checks can be applied to our Church Organ Fund.
2) ORGAN PIPE DEDICATION We ask you, your relatives, and friends to consider leaving a legacy. The restored church organ will be able to support future generations for at least 75 more years (2090).
People have paid to have their name on a brick. People have paid to have a star in the heavens named after them. We are asking people to consider purchasing an organ pipe on the St. Bernard Church Organ. Believing we can accomplish this task to enhance our worship of God, we ask people to consider dedicating or naming a pipe for someone at the cost of $100.00 for each pipe named. Names will be inscribed in a Leather-bound Registry when our financial goal is reached. Or, for the purchase of a rank of 61 pipes for $6,000.00 whereby a memorial plaque will be affixed to the restored church organ
Doing the math, you can see our hope is to raise $248,100.00. This amount added to funds already donated to date ($127,984.) will bring us to the projected cost of full restoration.
3) OTHER FUND RAISING EVENTS We ask your continued support to the effort of individuals to help us reach our goal. We are grateful to people like, Clarence Bechter, who has gone to great heights (climbing mountains) for this fund. Please continue your support to these charitable drives.
4) GRANTS and ORGANIZATIONS We are looking for people who are seeking us. There must be people in the Arts and Music, in Sacred Music and Organ Instruments, or support Historical Places who would consider our efforts in line with their mission. If you have recommendations we will consider them.
For the Glory of God, Fr. Dan