Liturgical Arts & Environment
The beauty of our Church artwork and environs reflects our recognition of the wonder of the Lord’s real presence in our midst. The mission of the Liturgical Arts & Environment committee is to provide direct support for creating a liturgically correct, reverent and prayerful environment in the Main Church and Our Lady’s Chapel throughout the year.
Artists, architects, florists, designers and craftsmen are encouraged to offer their gifts so our parish environs will fully reflect the glory of God.
For more information about this ministry, contact Kate Comello, thecomellos [at] aol.com.
The gift of flowers for the Sanctuary of the Main Church is a beautiful way to celebrate a birthday, marriage or anniversary or to honor a deceased family member or friend.
If you would like to donate flowers for the Main Altar, please contact Kate Comello, thecomellos [at] aol.com for more information.
The 2013 Easter season presented another opportunity for the St. Joseph's Guild of St. John the Evangelist, a woodworking ministry, to execute a multi-day Triduum tableau with the passion, crucifixion and resurrection themes. Phil Hannan and Mike Graham collaborated to develop, fabricate, and enhance Ging Graham’s original concept. They used construction grade foam and flexible plywood to create Golgotha on the roof of the interior front door of the church.
On Holy Thursday, the passion was represented by Jesus’ cross angled toward Golgotha, supported by the Roman guards’ spears and whip and surmounted by the crown made of pyracantha branches, symbolizing the journey to his death. The Good Friday scene transitioned to focus on the cross erected in the center of the tableau, flanked on two sides by the crosses of the two thieves. Veronica's veil was draped on the arms of the crossbeam. For Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, the crosses of the thieves were removed. The white veil draped on the crossbeam represented the risen Christ. At the foot of the cross was a row of Easter lilies, symbols of purity, grace, hope, and new life. Clusters of artificial white lilies surrounded the cross rising to several inches below the crossbeam.
They used curved plywood to mimic Golgotha's hills, double thickness 2x4-inch styrofoam cut, glued and painted to appear as nominal 4x4 dimensioned lumber for the crosses, and skulls and bones carved out of Styrofoam adorning the hills of Golgotha . The lightweight materials and design features not only highlighted and depicted the Easter Triduum but also shortened set-ups necessary for the daily scene changes.