GALLERY STAINED GLASS WINDOW PROJECT
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Thank you to everyone who generously responded to the Stained-Glass Project in the gallery. ALL windows have now been sponsored. The windows will run the length of the gallery and be lighted every evening. Thank you to everyone involved for making this project possible.
God bless you!
One of the projects we have been looking at here at Saint Michael is the Gallery connecting the Church and the Parish Hall. The windows are in need of replacement and the grassy area directly in front is in need of drainage, to name a few things needed in that area.
While there has been discussion about removing the windows entirely and leaving the area like the front entrance of the Church, it appears, for a few reasons, it is best to keep the area enclosed. Simply replacing the windows will do nothing more to enhance the look of the area. To this extent, we have the opportunity to renovate this area using Stained Glass Windows which originally were part of the former Saint Joseph the Provider Church in Campbell. Our gallery has eight double sets of windows (16 in total), each measuring 38” wide and reaching 91” in height. The figures in the windows are of a similar style to the windows added to our Church around 2000. They depict the 12 Apostles, Mary and Joseph, Saint Paul and Saint Anne.
The cost of obtaining the windows and installing them (minus some structural work) is $5,000 each. This sponsorship can be paid out over the remainder of the calendar year. The images of the windows are shown below. If you are interested in sponsoring a window, please contact the parish office. I am well aware that some of the Apostles are more popular than others and may have more than one person wanting them. I have decided to be the first person to participate in this project, demonstrating, I hope, my own commitment to this project. The image of Mary is a specific one that the Campbell Church used – Our Lady of Lourdes. My grandmother had a deep devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes, often sending away for Lourdes water to use in blessing herself. I have decided to sponsor this window in her memory.
In dealing with the grassy area in front of the gallery, we plan to install another piazza area, similar to the front of the Church. This will include proper drainage. The statue of Saint Michael will be cleaned and placed in the “Gallagher Garden”, which honors the founding pastor of the parish. This project will not be accomplished overnight, but begins first by seeing the level of interest in the parish for sponsoring the windows. Not only will they add a vibrant color to the Church, but will also allow us to join in saving treasures from a local parish that unfortunately, no longer exists. Please take some time to pray about your ability to assist in making this project a reality.