Dear friends in Christ,
THANK YOU for your generosity towards our Gospel to the True North Renovation Project!
Because of your generosity, we have raised the necessary funds to complete Phase One of our renovation project. If you are in the Toronto area and come to visit us, you will notice that activity is well underway! The exterior brickwork is now finished, the roof has been replaced, the sisters' patio space has been restored, and the waterproofing is almost complete. We still have exterior entrance doors and the shipping and receiving area to finish, but they are in progress.
This year has been challenging for all of us. Like you, we were on lockdown for several months. We tried to serve you as best we could by phone, mail, and curbside assistance; we also took the time to do some rearranging! Prior to the pandemic, we were already in the process of removing the well-worn carpet in the store retail space and restoring the terrazzo flooring that was underneath. This has since been finished, and now the store looks so much brighter! And with the newly-reorganized look, it seems more spacious.
Even during this time of isolation, your generosity toward us was truly moving. Now that we are open, we invite you to "come and see" the results of these much-needed improvements which help make your encounter with Christ at Pauline Books & Media a much more functional, accessible, and beautiful experience — none of which would have been possible without you. Thank you!
Here's what's next:
The work of Phase One and some of the interior reorganization were the groundwork for Phase Two. This next project involves installing an elevator to improve accessibility and help us move heavy shipments between floor levels more easily; renovating office spaces for the sisters and employees; refurbishing guest rooms so we can welcome young women who want to discern religious life with our community; and updating basement plumbing.
We need to raise $1M to make these updates a reality. Can you help us reach this goal?
As Daughters of St. Paul, our mission is to "live and give Christ" to all we meet. Our book centre and Eucharistic Chapel is one way we announce the truth, hope, and beauty of Christ to the men and women who walk through our doors. By giving toward our building renovation, you will help create a "sacred space" in Toronto where people can meet Jesus Christ, grow in faith, and find quality Catholic media to help them share this Faith with others.
We cannot do this without you. You are truly our partners in the new evangelization, and we hold you in our grateful prayers!
Your sisters in Christ,
The Daughters of St. Paul