Category Archives: Restoration Project

Restoration Update – July 17, 2016

Reverened Father Peter BabejFrom the Pastor’s Desk

A Restoration Update

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Have you ever seen so much scaffolding around the Cathedral? No you have not! So make sure you take a picture!!!

This is definitely a first. The last time scaffolding was installed was in 1989, but not to the extent that we are scaffolding today!

Why do we need so much scaffolding? Continue reading

Restoration Update – July 11, 2016

RESTORATION OF THE CATHEDRAL – The free-standing scaffolding is almost complete, with final work to be done on the west side of the church, over the main entrance. Starting on Monday, two crews will be working, as the scaffolding of the the domes continues. Netting will be set into place at the lower levels to ensure the safety of workers and pedestrians. This past week, 80% of the brickwork has been washed. Cleaning will continue this week, along with restoration work to all bricks, mortar and concrete. Peter and his team continue to restore and paint all accessible panels on the domes. The main dome has been restored and painted up to the level of the windows. Sincere thanks for your support on this important project. Your donations to the Preservation Fund are greatly appreciated!

Restoration Update – June 12, 2016

Reverened Father Peter BabejFrom the Pastor’s Desk

Dear brothers and sisters,

 Cathedral DrawingAs you well know, access to our north entrance and elevator has been restricted due to the construction work area and the scaffolding on the north side of the cathedral. Our apologies for the inconvenience! To provide alternate access to the elevator for those using walkers or wheelchairs, we have reserved several parking spots in front of the Cathedral (on 97th Street) for handicap parking. If you need to use the elevator, please park on 97th Street for better access!

This past week, the plan for scaffolding the main dome and other domes – as proposed by Kova Engineering – was approved. Cathedral under constriuctionThe engineer working on the design is the same person who designed scaffolding for the Cathedral restoration in 1989!

As mentioned last week, in order to reach to top of the main cupola (at an elevation of 97 feet) and other domes, scaffolding footings will need to rest on the roof itself. Standard Scaffolding Inc. will continue to work with Kova Engineering to ensure that the scaffolding is properly installed and that the weight is equally distributed on the roof. An octagonal scaffold will be built surrounding the main cupola, with side brackets and cantilevers to provide access to all areas, including the cross. Installation will begin sometime this week.

Peter Caron and his team will continue with wood repairs and painting on the north east dome. Work will also begin on the south east dome.

Also this week, Scorpio Masonry Inc. is scheduled to begin the steam cleaning the cathedral brick work.

Fr. Peter Babej


Restoration Update – June 5, 2016

Reverened Father Peter BabejFrom the Pastor’s Desk

Dear brothers and sisters,

The process of setting up scaffolding continues! According to the schedule prepared by Clark Builders, the erection of scaffolding will continue for the next two weeks. All of the scaffolding is currently free-standing, however, as we go up and around the domes, footings will need to rest on the roof itself. The biggest challenge of course, will be the main dome. Continue reading

Restoration Update – May 29, 2016

Reverened Father Peter BabejFrom the Pastor’s Desk

Fr. Peter Babej

 Dear brothers and sisters,

Restoration work continues! We lost a few days because of the rain, but thanks be to God for the gift of rain!
The scaffolding is slowly going up and hopefully sometime this week, it will allow Peter Caron to begin the work of wood and paint restoration on one of the smaller domes.

In the meantime, Peter and his team are working on restoring our oak doors, which have lost their finish and exterior protection, making them vulnerable to weather damage. Dealing properly with the doors will ensure that they endure in good condition for many years to come.

Exciting news! As you may already know, we have been awarded Federal a matching grant in the amount of $100,000.00 dollars to assist with several interior projects. The first project is the upgrade of our sound system. Proworld Commercial Inc. (formerly Axe Productions) was able to begin work this past week. The have replaced faulty or poor wiring, installed new speakers and new amplifiers, replacing only what is absolutely necessary. The new equipment will significantly improve the clarity and distribution of sound within the Cathedral. The fine-tuning of the new system will take place this upcoming week. The cost of the upgrade is $29,000.00.

A special audio system has also been installed for the hearing impaired ($5,000.00). Special receivers will be available to those with hearing aids. A training session will take place this Thursday, June 2nd, at 9:00 am. If you use a hearing aid and find it difficult to hear in church because of the sound reverberation, please come Thursday!

Also, our sound system downstairs will be improved, to help facilitate larger presentations, functions and meetings. This will be great help to the museum and also to the various programs that take place at the Cathedral.

Fr. Peter Babej

Fundraising Campaign

Current (Preservation Fund) $217,578.25
Donations Required  $982,421.80
Fundraising Goal  $1,200,000.00
Governments Grants  $500,000.00








St. Josaphat under restoration Aug. 2015

Preservation Project Update

In mid-June 2015, St. Josaphat contracted three restoration carpenters for the restoration of the 33 main floor windows and the construction of new storm windows. The carpenters have been using the rectory garage as their workshop during this project. The project has progressed extremely well and the main floor windows were fully restored and new storm windows were constructed and installed by mid-August. Since were ahead of schedule and under budget we proceeded to complete another 11 windows on the upper area of the west façade of the Cathedral. This work required major scaffolding in order to safely access these areas. The work has been completed. The 16 remaining windows are around the central drum of the main Cathedral dome and will be preserved in 2016. Continue reading

Historscal 1939 cathedral construction

Preservation Fund

All donations to this fund are designed for our 5 year Cathedral Restoration Project. St. Josaphat Cathedral is currently designated as a Heritage Site on both provincial and municipal levels. A total of $500,000 dollars has been designated by the City of Edmonton (matching funds) for restoration work on the Cathedral in the next five years.

Drs. Peter and Doris Kule

Drs. Peter and Doris Kule

OUR DEEPEST APPRECIATION AND SINCEREST GRATITUDE to long time parishioners, Peter and Doris Kule, for their extremely generous and immediate donation of $50,000.00 to the Preservation Fund for our 5-Year Restoration Project, with a pledge of $50,000.00 every year, for a total donation of $250,000.00! In response to this remarkable gift of love, are there 100 families in our parish willing to donate $500.00 dollars each to match in total Peter and Doris Kule’s donation of $50,000 for 2015?

Historical Designation

Historscal 1939 cathedral constructionOn Tuesday, January 27th, Edmonton City Council passed a motion to grant heritage designation to St. Josaphat Cathedral. The Cathedral is now a recognized heritage site and cultural landmark on both provincial and municipal levels of government. Edmonton City Council has also approved funding towards the restoration of the Cathedral in the amount of $500,000 dollars (matching contribution for $500,000 collected in fundraising), to be used for repairs and restoration work in the next five years. Continue reading