This point in the history of Regina Mundi Parish can be defined by the struggle of two Pastors on “how to balance the Parish community’s need for more meeting and office space against the need for clergy living space.” At this point in time, the Rectory contained both clergy housing and Parish office and meeting space under one roof.
In the late 1980’s, to deal with the shortage of meeting and office space, Father Ron Morelli had the two floor Rectory renovated so that the Priest’s residential space was contained mostly on the second floor. The Housekeeper’s suite and laundry room however would remain on the lower level. The Rectory kitchen was moved upstairs along with the dining room. Once vacated, the Rectory’s old kitchen was renovated to become the Main Parish office. The Rectory’s old dining room became a small conference room.
In the early 1990’s, while Rev. Bob Bulbrook was Pastor, a minor renovation to the Housekeeper’s suite was done to create an additional office within the Rectory’s lower level. Eventually, a second minor renovation was done to one of the second floor clergy suites to create an additional clerical office. In a third minor renovation, the clergy’s living space was partitioned off from the Parish office space below. A wall and door were built at the bottom of the Rectory’s main entrance stair.
Sanctuary, Easter 1995
1980 – The Meeting Room Addition
At this point in the history of Regina Mundi Church, the Parish community was in the state of constant growth. New family homes were being built within the Parish boundaries. With those new homes came young families who joined our growing Parish community.
Rev. John Walsh became the Pastor of Regina Mundi in 1979. Seeing the need for more meeting space in his growing Parish community, Father Walsh engaged the services of architect Michael J. Torsney to design an addition to be built onto the existing small conference room. Construction of the new meeting room addition began in the summer of 1980 and the work was completed by the end of November 1980. The construction costs of the new meeting room addition were $54,209.80.
1986 – Renovating the Church
By this time in the history of Regina Mundi Parish, the Church debt was finally paid off. And, not unlike a family who finally had the opportunity to burn their house mortgage, it was time for the Parish community to consider what to do with their spiritual home.
In 1986, under Rev. Ron Morelli’s pastorship, plans and preparations for a major update of the finishes of the Church began. Klaas Design was hired to create the plans for this major renovation of the Church. The communion rail step of the Sanctuary was reduced in size allowing for the addition of a few rows of pews to be installed in the Nave. The Nave’s stacked bond concrete block walls were plastered and refinished. Oak paneling accents were added to the Sanctuary, Narthex and Reconciliation room. The Church nave’s floors were carpeted for the very first time. The Nave’s fifth pew section’s pews were taken up and reinstalled so that they faced the Sanctuary better. The Church main entrance’s porch was enclosed creating the outer Narthex. The sunken floor area in the old Narthex, where the Baptismal font was originally located, was filled in and levelled with the rest of the Narthex floor. Two traditional style confessionals were removed so that the glazed walls between the inner Narthex and the Nave could be created. All of the Church entrances’ floors were tiled with quarry tile. The north pillar of the Church was replaced by two pillars to create a defined center aisle.
1988 – The Stained Glass Windows
If you were to look at 21 of the 22 stained glass windows in the Church today, you would not see any tiny plaques with donor names or any dedications anywhere near the stained glass windows. Nor would you find any remembrances etched or drawn into the windows neither. But, on 21 of these windows, you will find etched on the bottom left corner “Klaas Designs ®.” All 21 of these stained glass windows were designed by Achim Klaas of Klaas Designs.
On the bottom right corners of 19 of the 21 Klaas Designs ® windows, you will see either PAK 1988 or PAK 1989 or PAK 1990. PAK stands for Peter A. Kolenc of P.A.K. Stained Glass Studio that use to operate out of Cambridge, Ontario. The year when Peter finished constructing the window is the number following the initials P.A.K. The windows were installed in the Church as they were completed. The “Stained Glass Window” project was one that spanned four calendar years to complete. The contract for the construction of the Klaas Designs ® windows built by P.A.K. Stained Glass Studio was signed by Father Ron Morelli on December 9, 1987. And, the last window to be constructed was completed in 1990.
For the names of the Klaas Designs ® windows, who they were donated by and their dedication, you would have to find the plaque of “Donors of Stained Glass Windows” located in the outer Narthex of the Church, hung on the far corner wall, beside the southwest door. This plaque gives the names of 22 windows, the window’s dedication and names of their donors. As you read the names of the windows, you will come to the realization that the 22nd window, “Queen of the World” is not in the Church these days. Today, the 22nd stained glass window found in the Church is “The Annunciation.”
So, where is the “Queen of the World” window? Today, this window can be found in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. But in 1990, the “Queen of the World” window held a special spot in the Church since it was the only window of the Klaas Designs ® series to be intentionally designed for “Regina Mundi” which translates from Latin as “Queen of the World.” The window use to hang in a light box in the inner Narthex of the Church. In 1990, it was to be the focal point in a plan to have the inner Narthex serve as a Day Chapel. Unfortunately, those plans never did come to fruition.
For a list of all of the stained glass windows that can be found at Regina Mundi Church, please click on: Regina Mundi Church – Stained Glass Windows
1999 – The New Roof
How long should a roof last? This was a question that was constantly being asked at this point in history because the Parish was facing the Church’s third roof replacement. The Church’s roof was leaking once again, and, no number of remedial repairs were able to stop the roof’s problematic leaks from returning.
After extensive consultation, it has determined that a complete redesign of the entire Church roofing system was required. Plans for this major roof renovation began while Rev. Bob Bulbrook was Pastor, but, were not completed until Rev. Wallace Metcalf became Pastor. The engineering firm Peto MacCullum was responsible for the total redesign of the roof systems.
The Church’s roof deck was significantly upgraded by strapping the original tongue and groove deck with a system of two 2″X4″s laid on the flat to form bays to which rigid foam insulation was added. The newly strapped and insulated deck was then covered with a layer of plywood. Modified bitumen membranes replaced all of the asphalt shingle roofs, tar and gravel roofs and mopped-on asphalt sheet roofs seen on the original roof and on the meeting room addition roof. For an accent, the high-sloped Church roof was covered with slate tiles. The Church’s central exhaust fan was significantly upgraded to improve the flow of air within the Church nave and Sanctuary. The four skylights above the Sanctuary were replaced with new thermopane skylights. All of the exposed steel I-beams of the Church’s modern “steeple” were sandblasted and refinished. The roof system renovation project was primarily funded through the “Housing God’s Love” campaign.