WHY I GIVE BUILDING A FUTURE
As you look around Mass, there’s a lot of gray hair like mine and so anything that we can do to support an effort to have kids from across the street come here at least for Mass and maybe more…is very important to us.
When I was a young kid my grandfather on my mother’s side, whose first name was Marsh believe it or not, was real good friends with Fr. Ollivere and I guess not many people remember him, but he was an extremely persuasive person at getting people to help him build this place. My grandfather was one of those people [he persuaded]. He was handy, and so I spent a lot of days here—and sometimes evenings—with my grandpa helping him build different parts.
The two of us [helped] build the wall where the original tabernacle was because my grandfather thought that was a pretty important wall. It’s not particularly a well-kept secret but we goofed it up and it’s out of line with the rest of the walls on the south side of the church. It’s hard to tell because of the beams that go through there. We didn’t notice until it was done that we had started in different places. But there’s a lot of quirks like that, as people are finding. We want the St. Tom's building of quirks to one day become too small for all of the students.
It’s a good place to learn because we pick up things from the students that you wouldn’t get at a traditional parish. You really find out what is important to people who are growing. Neat place to be, it’s changed a lot over the years.
Parishioner and Donor