St. Vincent Pallotti Parish – Roof repair project

August 20, 2016 – Letter to Parishioners regarding roof repair projects at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Churches.

This letter was inserted into the Bulletin the weekend of August 20/21, 2016 for all to read regarding the current plans for the roof repairs at both worship sites. It is also listed here for those that may have missed it.


St. Vincent Pallotti Parish

Wyandotte, Michigan

Roof repair projects at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Churches

Dear Parishioners & Friends,

Last Thursday, August 18, 2016, was the 1 year anniversary of the temporary closure of St. Patrick Church, due to a small portion of the ceiling falling onto the sanctuary steps. After careful inspection of the entire ceiling by a buildings specialist, 90% of the ceiling at St. Patrick Church was deemed to be unsafe. It came as a great surprise that the roof on St. Patrick’s Church is the original roof put on the church 160 years ago. The average life of a slate roof is 90 / 100 years. On May 4, the Archbishop & his Consultors gave us permission to put a new roof on St. Patrick Church. We will repair some roof decking and replace all the gutters and downspouts. We have bid out this contract to 5 companies. We have now chosen the contractor. We know the cost. We know that once the work begins, Phase 1 of this overall project will be completed in 90 days.

St. Joseph Church has its share of roof problems too, which has led to serious ceiling and wall damage from water getting into the building in recent years. Over the last 12 months, we have had extensive studies carried out by professionals to identify the exact problem with the roof, the walls, the flashing and gutters. Basically, St. Joseph Church needs a new roof, new gutters and downspouts, and the whole building resealed with new flashing that will waterproof the building for the next 50 years.

Our architect, Jay Sarnacki & Associates, has drawn up job / work specifications for St. Patrick Church and St. Joseph Church. These documents were sent out to contractors for bidding. The bids have now come back. We were surprised at the new cost for St. Joseph Church roof replacement and repairs. We originally thought it might be around $175,000. Unfortunately the cost to replace the roof and carry out all the other essential repairs will be $347,760. That price is $172,760 more than was anticipated. This means I have to go back to the Consultors of the Archdiocese on August 31 and seek their approval for that extra $172,760 needed to complete Phase 1 of the Buildings Project at St. Joseph Church.

On the back of this letter is a detailed outline of Phase 1 of our Parish Buildings Project for both Churches. One company will do the work at both Churches at the same time in 90 days from the start date. We hope the roof repair work at both worship sites will begin by mid to late September.

Sarnacki & Associates are currently drawing up the job / work specifications for the internal repairs and painting of both churches. This is Phase II of this challenging buildings project. These documents will be sent out for bidding to contractors by mid-September. By mid-October, we should know the costs involved in repairing the interior of both churches and the contractor who will carry out these repairs. We will have to return to the Archbishop and his Consultors at that time and present a detailed report on the total cost of Phase II and how we are going to pay for it.

The Archdiocese has given us permission to run a Capital Campaign to raise 1.2 million dollars (tax free). This campaign begins very soon. Certainly we will use some of our parish savings to cover part of this Buildings Project. I encourage everyone to try and support the Capital Campaign. Both Churches need our help. We had 6 churches in Wyandotte 10 years ago. The Archdiocese has given us an opportunity to keep two churches open in our parish for the foreseeable future. I truly encourage everyone to seize this amazing opportunity, by supporting the Capital Campaign. Let us prove that we can continue to be one parish with different traditions, serving God and His mission, under two new church roofs in mutual love and respect. That’s the invitation and opportunity we have been handed. Let’s get on with the challenge so that our two beautiful Wyandotte churches, which are presently in our care, can continue to serve us and many generations to come.

Your Pastor,

Fr. Mike Cremin SAC.


Phase 1 – Roof Repairs

for St. Joseph and St. Patrick Churches of Wyandotte

St. Joseph Church    
Reroof Upper Roof with standing seam metal roof   $116,240
  Remove existing membrane roof    
  Repair roof deck as needed    
  Install metal roof material    
  Replace existing gutters and downspouts    
Reroof Lower Roof with standing seam metal roof   75,630
  Remove existing membrane roof    
  Repair roof deck as needed    
  Install metal roof material    
  Replace existing gutters and downspouts    
Miscellaneous Wall Repairs:   155,890
  Reseal coping sealant joints    
  Repoint brick mortar joints    
  Replace windows perimeter sealant joints    
  Seal glass-to-metal joints in art glass windows    
  Replace transparent panels over art glass windows    
  Rout stones’ mortar joints and replace with sealant    
  Clean copper stains from stones    
  Replace through-wall flashing (includes removing 5 courses of brick, replacing flashing and re-install bricks)    
  TOTAL ST. JOSEPH   $347,760
St. Patrick Church    
Replace roof (including bell tower) with asphalt shingles   $214,250
  Remove existing slate roof    
  Repair roof deck as needed    
  Install asphalt shingles    
  Replace existing gutters and downspouts