October 9, 2013
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Farmington parish completes second round of campaign-funded improvements

Our Lady of Sorrows School

A $325,000 window and door replacement project was completed over the summer at Our Lady of Sorrows School, made possible by contributions to the parish Changing Lives Together campaign. Enrollment at the pre-K through 8th grade school is now at 776 students, up from 746 at the end of the 2012-13 school year. Photo courtesy Our Lady of Sorrows Parish

 Changing Lives Together at
Our Lady of Sorrows

Pastor: Rev. Mark Brauer
Parish founded: 1927
Registered households: 3,084
Campaign launch: October 2011
Archdiocesan target: $1,672,112
Parish goal: $2,350,000
Pledged: $1,928,793

Parish priorities:

  • Debt retirement
  • Pew, kneeler replacement
  • School window, door replacement
  • Church gathering space construction
  • Establish school endowment fund
  • Update parish, school technology

After 65 years, it was about time to begin replacing the original exterior doors and windows at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Farmington. Thanks to parishioner contributions to the Changing Lives Together initiative at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, 117 new windows and 18 doors at the school were installed in time for the start of school this fall, completing the first phase of a renovation project to continue next summer. Changing Lives Together proceeds at Our Lady of Sorrows previously enabled the parish to retire debt and to complete a $250,000 pew and kneeler replacement project.

“We’re so pleased with the window and door upgrades,” said Ann Whitfield, principal at the pre-K through 8th grade school. The single-pane windows and doors we replaced were installed when the school was built in 1948,” she explained. “It’s like we have a new school building,” added Whitfield. “It’s a very visible improvement and one that we could never have done without Changing Lives Together.”

Our Lady of Sorrows School

Roller shades were included in the renovation project along with solid sills for some of the windows. The new energy-efficient double-paned windows and thermal aluminum frames reduce outside noise and insulate better than the original wood-frame, single pane windows. Photo courtesy Our Lady of Sorrows Parish

The original single-pane school windows were drafty and poor at reducing outside noise. “They were beyond the end of their useful life,” said James Nordbeck, parish business administrator.  “Everyone is very pleased with the work – teachers, parents, parishioners, and the school kids,” he continued. “Our parishioners were great about making pledges to Changing Lives Together, and they’ve been just as good at fulfilling their pledges – that’s what makes these results possible,” Nordbeck concluded.In 2014, an additional 45 windows and 10 doors at Our Lady of Sorrows School will be replaced using $150,000 in Changing Lives Together proceeds.

Updated October 8, 2013


Changing Lives Together is a series of parish campaigns to generate resources to fulfill parish-developed plans and priorities. Learn more about the initiative in your parish.