St Michael’s Church is undergoing repairs

St Michael’s Church (SMC), which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, is embarking on yet another challenge – that of restoring, repairing and repainting SMC.

Jul 25, 2020

IPOH: St Michael’s Church (SMC), which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, is embarking on yet another challenge – that of restoring, repairing and repainting SMC.

SMC parish priest, Fr Anthony Liew, mentioned on July 13 that there was an urgent need to do the necessary work for the church, parish office building, community centre and Shalom House.

This came about because as the church and its adjacent buildings were damaged by strong winds during heavy storms that erupted during the Movement Control Order.

The roofs of the outer buildings need to be replaced as to the damaged ceilings and stains on the walls.

There are cracks on the walls and ceiling of the bell tower and the attic.

In the Community Centre, which was last painted 14 years ago, there  are water stains on the walls and ceilings.

The canteen area, outside the parish hall, had parts of its ceiling boards blown away by a storm, resulting in gaping holes.

The parish building roof above St Francis Xavier hall was also blown away, leaving it flooded during one such heavy storm on April 16.

The Shalom house has water marks on the ceilings and walls, and there are cracks on the walls, as well as damaged doors. Hence the need for repairs.

At Mass on July 18, Fr Anthony said work to repaint the parish community centre had begun with the workers already pressure washing the walls first, before preparing the walls for painting.

The replacement of the damaged roofing has also begun, he added. 

In view of the mammoth project ahead, SMC has had to put aside plans to resurface the church compound, due to the economic situation. As for the church itself, the roof structures are complicated, and there are leaks and water stains all over.

The total cost of the whole project has yet to be estimated, and Fr Anthony said he would let the people know how much was needed for repairs and restoration work.

“We have asked the roof contractor to prepare a detailed investigation first, with no obligation or commitment on our part.

“With the subsequent findings, we can discuss with the consultant engineer the best way to carry out repairs for the long term, rather than repair it bit by bit.

“We will also get quotations from other contractors as well.

“One of our maintenance team, who has experience in the housing construction industry, is helping to co-ordinate and supervise the current work ... voluntarily (at no cost),” he added.

He asked the people to pray for  the smooth completion of the SMC building restoration project.

He added that they should pray for each other, so everyone would be strengthened in carrying out the project and fund raising by the SMC family.

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