St Joseph’s up­graded af­ter two decades

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

IT takes more than wall-towall scaf­fold­ing to can­cel week­end Mass at St Joseph’s Su­bi­aco.

The 82year-old Sal­vado Road church is un­der­go­ing its first restora­tion in more than two decades.

Pro­ject man­ager Fa­ther Joseph Walsh said the beloved church was last painted in 1983.

“Ev­ery gen­er­a­tion you must do some­thing spe­cial to main­tain her­itage build­ings like this and this is my op­por­tu­nity,” Fa­ther Walsh said.

“We are re­in­forc­ing some of the cracks, in­clud­ing about 40 cracks from the Meck­er­ing Earth­quake in 1968. “There are two stained glass win­dows to re­store and also new LED light­ing be­ing in­stalled through­out the whole church.”

Fa­ther Walsh said his favourite new fea­ture was the paint­work in the sanc­tu­ary.

“We are hav­ing the medal­lions gilded, which is a re­ally beau­ti­ful and artis­tic process,” he said.

“The fea­ture fleur de lis on the ceil­ing are be­ing painted gold as well. It is a true labour of love.”

The eight-week restora­tion should be com­pleted this month.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d441430

Fa­ther Joe Walsh with pain­ter Ar­ron Cameron and scaf­folder Paul Thomas.

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