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St. Lawrence Church exterior gets 'facelift'

Recent improvements to the exterior of St. Lawrence Church in Essex Junction are the result of the Catholic community’s desire to provide a more welcoming atmosphere and give glory to God by beautifying the environment around the church.  
Work done during the past two years included the replacement of the sidewalks, installing of new gardens, addition of new topsoil and the reseeding of the lawn. 
According to Edmundite Father Charles Ranges, pastor of Holy Family St. Lawrence Parish, the more-than-$60,000 project was funded from surplus from the parish’s Capital Campaign for a new parish center. “When we had the campaign we promised improvements at St. Lawrence if we surpassed our goal. Our campaign was for $500,00, and we raised over $720,000,” he said, adding that there was a lot of parishioner labor involved.
“The driving force behind my involvement in giving St. Lawrence a new facelift is caring that this is the house of God,” said Colette Perrault, a member of the Finance Council. “Time had done its usual wear and tear on the exterior of the church. It was time to dig in our heels to show that we care and give our church the respect a church should have.”
“We love our little church and everything it stands for,” she added.
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