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'If you don't have a roof, you don't have a church': Historic building getting work done

Donations are being accepted to help pay for the projects
Work on the roof of St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church started in May 2024.

Work is underway to make sure a Timmins church has a solid roof over its head.

St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church on Eighth Avenue has been a fixture in Timmins since the 1930s, and now work is being done to ensure its continued place in the community.

When the roof was being reshingled in May, water damage was discovered in the interior. Parishioner Christina Miller said that is the priority.

“If you don’t have a roof, you don’t have a church,” she said.

The estimates to complete the current roof work are around $2,700. The reshingling cost around $15,000, and Miller said the donations from individuals, businesses, and the Schumacher Lions Club were a big part of paying for the project.

“We’re glad for their support and the personal donations,” she said.

The interior roof project involves work on the insulation and drywall.

“The roof has been a problem for a while, so we’re glad we got the shingles done,” said Miller.

Estimates are still out for repairing the front steps as well.

“There were cement stairs, and around 30 years ago, they put wood over them, and now the wood is starting to curl,” said Miller. 

She said the congregation hopes the roof work will be completed by the end of August.

St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church is still collecting donations by email at [email protected] and through Paypal for the work that still needs to happen on the building.

Amanda Rabski-McColl, LJI Reporter

About the Author: Amanda Rabski-McColl, LJI Reporter

Amanda Rabski-McColl is a Diversity Reporter under the Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada
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