GLENS FALLS -- After months of renovations, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church will re-open Saturday April 9 with an open house for the day and host its first Mass since the repairs.
The open house runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring guided tours, music and a discussion of the church's history. A 4 p.m. Mass follows.
A commemorative book about the church's history and renovation work will be distributed for free at the open house, and a DVD of the history and renovations will be available for $10.
The $900,000 in repairs to the 1867 building on 62 Warren St. included installation of new floors and lighting, plaster repair and painting of interior walls, restoration of Mary's stained glass window above the altar, removal of old glazing, cleaning and painting for exterior woodwork, construction of a handicapped-accessible altar and choir platform, painting of medallions that line the sanctuary's ceiling and other improvements.
The church had temporarily relocated Mass after Christmas to the nearby St. Mary's-St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School and the First Baptist Church.
The funds were raised through the Foundation for the Future capital campaign, which is ongoing and will also be tapped for construction of a parish center. The center will house an expanded community food pantry and serve as a gathering place for the church and events.
About 250 parish families made pledges, along with businesses that donated materials and resources, according to the church.