By Tony DeGol
A major preservation initiative is happening at a Johnstown parish.
Masses are not being celebrated at Resurrection Parish in the Cambria City section of the city while painting and other work is happening.
The project began in early January with the installation of scaffolding.
Besides painting, statues throughout the church will be repaired and the windows will be cleaned.
Ceiling fans will also be installed – a welcome addition since the church does not have air conditioning.
The last painting at the site occurred 30 years ago, according to the Father George Gulash, Pastor of Resurrection Parish.
The work is expected to continue through late May or early June.
During this time of preservation work, Masses that would usually being celebrated at Resurrection are being celebrated at Saint Clare of Assisi Parish in Johnstown, where Father Gulash serves as Administrator.
[Photos: (Top) Scaffolding is in place at Resurrection Parish in Johnstown as part of a preservation project that includes painting. (Inset) Cracks on statues will also be repaired as part of the project.]