As many of you may know, our organ had extensive water damage from a storm in the fall of 2009. This affected 2/3 of the Swell Division of our historic instrument, and caused “pulling” of many pipes, and continuous ciphers in the organ. There was also damage to the leather pneumatics or pouches that allow air to pass into the pipes and to the reservoir that holds air within the organ.
The cost of repair is in the range of $37,000.00, and will be covered by our insurance policy. Another $5,000.00 worth of work will be done on major problems in other areas of the instrument.
These repairs are needed to prevent further catastrophic damage to the organ and the blower. This will be covered by the Phase II Preservation Fund that has been established at Corpus Christi.
The organ will be unavailable for use during a portion of the summer months, starting this week. We are blessed to not only have a wonderful pipe organ, but also a fine piano in our church for sung prayer, and Eucharistic Liturgies.
A concert is being planned for the first Sunday of Advent to celebrate, and give thanks for the repair of the Radziewicz pipe organ in our church.