As exciting as the construction of our assisted living building is, it does come with its own set of temporary problems. One of these was the inability for the McGovern residents to get to the chapel and the St. Joseph Manor, via an inside corridor. After many long months of guiding carts across the parking lot in rain, snow, or shine, we’re thrilled that our Culinary and Environmental staffs will soon be able to bring their carts smoothly between St. Joseph Manor and McGovern Commons—on the INSIDE! They’ve managed it beautifully, and we were so fortunate to have had a mild winter, but we all celebrate the re-connection. It will also be easier for our staff who work in one building to meet up with friends who work in the other for lunch. But the best benefit of all is that our McGovern residents will once again be able to enjoy the beauty and serenity of our Chapel and to worship with the rest of our community from The Village and St. Joseph Manor.
This has also affected our McGovern residents as they were not able to get to the chapel via an inside passage. During this time we had daily Mass in the McGovern Activities Room. But now with the new corridor being opened on Cass Ave, the residents once again will be able to get to the Chapel without going outdoors.
Therefore, beginning Monday, August 6, we will return to having just one Mass a day in our Chapel (11 a.m. on weekdays; 10:30 a.m. on Sunday). If you’re available, please join us on Monday (August 6) at 10:30 a.m. on Cass Avenue for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, as we open the flow of traffic and bring our residents back to the main Chapel for Mass.
We want to encourage McGovern residents to sit in the front of Chapel because we’ve noticed how much they’ve enjoyed being so close to the altar in the Activity Room, and we’d like to help them continue to feel that closeness and remain engaged. Staff will assist in transporting our residents and will be sure to ask if they’d like to sit in the front.
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