Newly-Renovated Chapel

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Newly-Renovated Chapel

 

On Monday morning, Monsignor McCormac celebrated Mass with the Parish Staff in the newly-renovated Chapel in the Parish Center.  At the beginning of the Mass, he said that this First Mass in the newly-renovated Chapel would be offered for all the living and deceased Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters who prayed in this Chapel from 1955 until the Sisters left the Parish in 1995.  He also included all the boys and young men and their supervisors who lived in the former convent during the time when Catholic Social Services leased the building as a Group Home for St. Francis-St. Joseph Homes for Children. He also included in the intention all the volunteers who worked in the former convent building in getting it ready as the Parish Center for the newly-merged Parish, and also all the individuals who in the future will be coming to the Chapel to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. With these intentions, those assembled remembered our past, our present and our future.

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 Monsignor McCormac said that this was the first time in over 20 years that Mass was celebrated in the Chapel and it was the first time in over 50 years that Mass was celebrated at this particular altar which had been brought over from St. Joseph the Worker Church. At the conclusion of the Mass, Monsignor McCormac noted that this altar had been the altar of sacrifice since the founding of St. Joseph the Worker Parish until the Second Vatican Council. With the liturgical changes flowing from the Second Vatican Council, a new altar of sacrifice which faced the congregation replaced the original altar which faced the back wall of the church and upon which the tabernacle was located.

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In addition to the altar, the other artifacts from the former St. Joseph the Worker Church include the crucifix, the tabernacle, the sanctuary lamp, the pulpit, the presider’s chair, the Blessed Mother statue as well as the Chapel doors. With much gratitude, the new Parish of St. Frances Cabrini received all these as a gift for the Chapel.

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On Sunday morning, March 6th during the 11:00 AM Mass, the Chapel will be the site for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and the St. Frances Cabrini Conference Room, located on the first floor of the Parish Center, will be the site for Little Church. Children in kindergarten to grade 2 will be invited to the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 11:00 AM Mass. Prior to the 11:00 AM Mass, parents are invited to bring their children between the ages of two and five to the Parish Center for Little Church before participating at the 11:00 AM Mass.

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For the time being, as we develop a plan for the protection of Monstrance which will contain Blessed Sacrament in our new Chapel,  the Adoration Chapel at St. Joseph the Worker Convent will continue to be the site for daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

To view more photographs of the newly renovated Chapel, CLICK HERE

 

 

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