Plans for Sanctuary and Baptistery
CHURCH RENOVATION FYI:
The mural has not been destroyed. It remains intact behind the rock wall. A photograph of the mural will be made available for those who would like one at a later time.
There is a new, larger cross that is proportional in size to the new rock wall. The corpus (body of Christ) has been ordered, however, it will be months before it is delivered and installed on the cross on the rock wall. The old crucifix will remain in the sanctuary until the new crucifix is hung. The corpus was donated by Linda Pratt & family in memory of Henry Pratt. The cross was handcrafted by Gene Gangloff and donated by Gene & Lori Gangloff.
The current carpeting in the sanctuary will be replaced with a polished porcelain tile, edged in wood which matches the side walls of the sanctuary. The carpeting in the remainder of the church will be replaced as well.
The stained glass windows are almost complete and will be installed in the coming months.
The photo of the windows in the church is merely to give an idea of what the windows might look like in our church. The transition of the colors lead you toward the sanctuary from the earth (browns, green tones) to the water (blues) and ultimately to Christ (purples with golds). Etched medallions corresponding with the Seven Sacraments (from the Old and New Testaments) will be depicted in the windows. More light will come through the windows than depicted below.
The theme we wanted to bring across with our church design is to draw upon the idea that “the cross is steady while the world is turning”. In Latin, the translation is Stat crux dum volvitur orbis. Christ and His cross standing firm, not against the world, which is always in flux, “but for the world, to give meaning to all the suffering that has been, that is and that will be in human history”. This theme coincides with the orb and cross on top of the church. It also calls to mind the tornado in 2013 that affected our parish in many ways.
With that in mind, the etched words are as follows:
New Testament Side: STAT CRUX
Old Testament Side: VOLVITUR ORBIS
The stained glass windows were donated by a generous family from St. Patrick Church.
A new marble baptismal font has been donated by parishioners in memory of Nick Volk. The baptistry will move off the step to the floor to the left of the sanctuary. This will provide more room for families to gather during the Sacrament of Baptism. The floor will match the polished porcelain tile of the sanctuary. The font has been ordered, however, it will take a few months before it is ready and delivered.
A light colored quartz top is being cut for the current altar top. The current altar stone will be placed into the quartz top. Altar stones must contain a first class relic of a martyred saint. The saint in our altar stone is unknown and most likely came from the original Little White Church. Underneath the altar stone is a wood square containing two first class relics of Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Louise de Marillac. Neither are martyrs but were donated to St. Patrick Church by Rita Bogner, who gave it to Deacon Paul Neakrase when he brought her communion.
A new tabernacle has been ordered which will sit atop a new, larger altar table which is being handcrafted by a parishioner. The tabernacle was purchased by the family of Ingrid Cooksey in her memory. The tabernacle will be flanked with six tall candlesticks (two purchased by the family of Ken Seiler in his memory).
Renovations are underway.
Blessed Carlo Acutis