Our Sanctuary

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The Altar

was designed by our own Bob Lanterman, in conjunction with renowned Cleveland sculptor Norbert Koehn.  Mr.Koehn was the artist responsible for creating the Altar and Crucifix.  Both unique works of art.  The material for the Altar was taken from a 250 year old oak tree which has been cored and treated and will stand at the center of our parish worship.  The design was meant to reflect "Tree of Life" which was at the center of the Garden of Eden in chapters 2 of the book of Genesis, and to which we have regained access through the life, death, and resurrections of Jesus as in Revelation 22:2.  Included in the trunk of the Altar is the parish relic which was taken from the old Altar and placed in the new as a sign of our connections with the past.

The Crucifix

was designed and created to work in concert with the Altar and to remind us that the Sacrifice of the Cross and the Sacrifice of the Altar are eternally inseparable.  The same Christ who died on the cross is still present to us in the Bread blessed and the Wine poured out on the Altar as is recounted throughout the Gospels and the New Testament Letters.  The corpus on the cross was selected by the Parish Pastoral Council and the Pastoral Staff and is in conformity with the latest dictates of the church in the New General Instruction of the Roman Missal.  The Resurrected Christ which has been a part of the church sanctuary since it was built, has also been fitted for the new cross, and will be used during appropriate seasons of the year. 

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The Ambry

Is located near the Font are used to hold the vessels that contain the blessed and consecrated oils used during the rites of the Church.  The lowest pillar holds the Oil of Catechumens which is used prior to Baptisms.  The middle pillar holds the Oil of Infirmed which is used for the Annointing of the Sick.  The upper pillar holds the consecrated oil known as the Sacred Chrism.  The Chrism is used at many rites of the church, namely Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination, and the dedication of churches and altars.  These stands can be illuminated from the inside during appropriate times of the year.

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The Baptismal Font

was designed and constructed by our own parishioners.  Christopher Betts was the architect, and Dan Fuller, Kurt Chiller, and Jack Blastole were the builders.  The upper font, used for

the baptism of infants, and is circular reflecting the life of God which has no beginning and no end; the same life which we enter into through baptism.  The lower font, which receives water from the upper font, will be used for the immersion of adults at the Easter Vigil.

The Daily Mass/Chapel

has been restored to its orginal intention and will be used for Mass and Communion Services each day, and eventually for Evening Prayer and smaller funerals.  The old Baptismal Font has been transformed into our new Chapel Altar by John Mihok, who was responsible for building the Chapel Pulpit as well.

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