Eau Claire (WQOW) - St. Patrick's Church is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, by planning for a timely makeover.
"As a part of our heritage, you know this church was the first catholic church built in Eau Claire, it is the mother parish of the city of Eau Claire and we'd like to see it continue and just be well-finished and appropriate for worship for the parishioners," said Jeanne Reber, member of the 150th Sesquicentennial Committee.
The church is planning several renovations. Crews want to install new carpet down the aisles, tear up the floors under the pews, and remove the large decorative metal screen behind the pulpit. But before they can make any of the noticeable changes, they need to finish fixing the water damage in the attic. That project alone costs around $135,000 and committee members estimate that the rest of the renovations will cost at least that much if not more.
Committee members say large donations have been made for the renovations, but they are continuing to fundraise as well and will complete projects as they can pay for them.