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Ceiling Restoration Begins at St. Paul’s, Staten Island

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Scaffolding has been erected at St Paul’s Memorial Church
Scaffolding has been erected at St Paul’s Memorial Church

Since a large part of its ceiling collapsed at the beginning of October, 2019, the main sanctuary of the landmarked Victorian Gothic St. Paul’s Memorial Church in the Stapleton section of Staten Island has been unusable.

A comprehensive program of repairs and restoration of the church’s ceiling has now begun, however, and a capital campaign established to raise the necessary funds, with hopes that the project will be completed before the end of the year. The demolition and construction phases were on hold from March into June due to Covid19 restrictions, but work has now begun.
“The initial response to our capital campaign has been very encouraging,” said St. Paul’s Vicar, the Rev. Frederick Schraplau. “We are most grateful for the generous support we have received from the Episcopal Diocese of New York, the Staten Island Inter Parish Council, our sister parishes here on Staten Island, local foundations, individuals from across the country, and of course our parishioners and friends in the community. We have been blessed with a broad base of generous and loving support; but we still need additional funding to reach our goals.”

St. Paul’s weekly celebrations of the Holy Eucharist and community outreach ministries were moved to the church basement until Covid19 quarantine restrictions forced the suspension of all public worship. St. Paul’s parishioners are currently offering the service of Morning Prayer from their homes via Zoom and they look forward to returning to their beloved church where they may resume their full schedule of Eucharistic worship, sacred music and outreach ministries.

Donations to support the repair/replacement and restoration of the church ceiling are fully tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to St. Paul’s Memorial Church and mailed to St. Paul’s Memorial Church – 225 St. Paul’s Avenue – Staten Island, NY 10304.