Second phase of St. Martin’s renovation completed

Church project already paid for

Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent

Everything went as planned for the renovation of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Cecil. Not only is it beautiful, it is also all paid for.

“It worked out very well,” said Deacon Mike Grzeca. “We had some generous donors. Many people also donated their labor.”

The work began after Ash Wednesday services, and on Holy Thursday, the church was ready for the first Mass.

The renovation had three phases, beginning with fixing the ceiling window shaft in the skylight in the middle of the church that had been leaking for several years.

The main remodel was phase two with new pews with kneelers from Imperial Woodworks Church Furniture. The floor was redone with non-slippery half-inch ceramic tile flooring from Total Floor Covers. Rob Baril of Baril Tile did the installing.

“It’s long lasting,” Grzeca said.

Two hand rails were handmade out of wrought iron from Hansel Ornamental Iron. A hearing loop was installed by Arrow AV Group, and the sound in church is much crisper without the carpeting.

The wall behind the altar is painted a subdued gold, which has a special effect on the crucifix at night when the lights are on.

“Jesus almost looks like a hologram,” Grzeca said.

Phase three remains to be done with plans for more votive lights, moving some statues around, a new baptismal font, and new stations of the cross. The old stations were donated to a church in Haiti since theirs were lost in a hurricane.

Grzeca is pleased with the renovation and has heard good comments from the congregation.

“It looks fantastic,” he said.

Masses are at 4 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. Sundays.