My Dear Parishioners,
I thought I would bring you up to speed on some minor enhancements to our beautiful church building:
You may have noticed a new sanctuary lamp just to the right of the tabernacle. It actually is not new; I found it in the sacristy a few months ago and Gary Taylor mounted it on the wall. It is much larger than what we had been utilizing and will announce to all who enter the church that our Lord is truly present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the tabernacle.
You also may have noticed that a bell has been mounted near the main entrance to the church. It also is not new; I found it in the sacristy and Gary installed it. After looking at some older pictures of our church it appears to have been mounted behind the sanctuary next to the door leading to the old sacristy before the church was renovated. It's great that this bell will call us to worship once again!
Thanks to a generous bequest the smaller statue of the Blessed Mother which is used for May crowning and makes a special appearance on Marian feast days has gone away to Henninger's in Cleveland for a much needed refurbishment. Henninger's is the same firm that restored the large angel statues which flank the altar. The golden crucifix on the altar will also be going to Henninger's for some minor cleaning and restoration (you may have noticed that it has a bit of a "lean." It is an absolutely beautiful piece of patrimony of our parish, and both Fr. Jonathan and I have appreciated being able to focus on it while praying the Mass. The same bequest will enable it to be restored.
At some point I would like to have some pedestals made for our angel statues in order to give them a proper place in the sanctuary. As you can imagine, having them continue to be on the floor will subject them to damage. If you enjoy woodworking and are interested in helping with this project please contact me.
We are the fortunate recipients of a beautiful church which has been well maintained throughout the years. Several priests have commented to me that they are jealous because I have the good fortune of celebrating Mass at our beautiful marble altar. We are indeed blessed!