About the Church Tour

The tour is intended for individuals to continue their liturgical formation at the same time as acquainting them with the rich catechetical aspects of the church building. They are encouraged to bring their child to church and give them the tour.

  • Baptismal Pool

    • Baptism begins our initiation into the Body of Christ, the community of disciples, the church.
    • The newly baptized step out of the baptismal water and step into the middle aisle which leads to the sanctuary and to the Eucharist.
  • Ambry

    • Observe the oils and their use in baptism, confirmation, Orders and the Anointing of the Sick.
  • Sanctuary Area

    • Notice the art work
    • Find “spes” and “fides”. See that the artist through his last work is emphasizing St. Paul’s statement, “In the end there are three things that last: faith, hope and charity but the greatest of these is charity.”
    • The Eucharist windows  give us different lenses for understanding the mystery of the Eucharist.
  • Ambo

    • This is the special place from which God’s Word is proclaimed.
    • Call attention to the different ways that the Word is reverenced to show our respect for God’s Word.
    • Encourage the practice of active, attentive listening to God’s Word.
    • Encourage the reading of the Sunday’s scripture before coming to Mass.
  • Altar

    • The altar is reverenced at the beginning of Liturgy
    • The altar is reserved for the Liturgy of the Eucharist when the bread and wine are brought forth and the presider prays the Eucharistic Prayer aloud as we join in the prayer silently.

     

  • Tabernacle

    • The purpose of the tabernacle is to hold the consecrated bread that has not been consumed during the Mass
    • Origin: keeping the Blessed Sacrament for the sick. The reasons for the reservation of the sacrament vary by tradition, but common reasons for reserving the  sacrament include for it to be taken to the ill or housebound, for the devotional practice of Eucharistic Adoration, for viaticum for the dying, and so that Communion may still be administered if a priest is unavailable to celebrate the Eucharist.
    • The custom of Eucharistic devotion- Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, who we believe to be present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated host, in the form of hosts, that is, consecrated altar bread. As a devotion, Eucharistic adoration, prayer, and meditation are more than merely looking at the Blessed Host, but are believed to be a continuation of what was celebrated in the Eucharist.
    • The tabernacle lamp- In the Old Testament, God told Moses that a lamp filled with the pure oil should perpetually burn in the Tabernacle (Ex 27:20-21). This is the precedent for the Catholic Church’s custom of burning a candle (at all times) before the tabernacle
      – the gold house where the Eucharistic Body of Christ is reserved under lock and key.
  • The body of the church

    • The body of the church and the sacristy are all one worship space.
    • The apostles’ windows. Apostle was a person who was a witness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They were on fire to share their experience of Jesus Christ with all whom they met. In the resurrection appearance, Jesus commissioned them to go out into the whole world and tell the “good news” through the preaching that they did. Their continued reflection on the experience of Jesus led to putting down in words their beliefs about Jesus. These beliefs are called the Apostle’s Creed.
    • The saints niches. The saints were women and men who came to know Jesus Christ. Knowing Jesus Christ changed them. They too were on fire to share their experience of Jesus Christ.
    • The placement of the saints and apostles is intended to remind us that we are surrounded by the community of saints. We, the present living earthly community, are joined by the thousands of women and men before us as we offer our perfect worship of the Father.
  • Murals

    • The parables are on the Blessed mother’s side. Parables engage the hearer and then, in an improbable twist or outcome are intended to startle, to turn one’s familiar ways of seeing and doing upside down and inside out.
    • The miracle stories on St. Joseph’s side. Miracles are signs, doors that open our eyes and hearts as to what God’s reign should be like.
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Windows

Apostles
Rosary
Eucharist (Sanctuary)

Old Testament:

  • Melchizedek (Genesis 14: 17-20)
  • Sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22: 1-19)
  • Feeding of widow of Zarepath—Elijah (I Kings 17:7-16)
  • Feeding of Widow—Elisha (2 Kings 4: 1-7)
  • Pelican


New Testament:

  • Vine and Branches (John 15)
  • Feeding of Multitude (Mark 6: 30-44, 8:1-9)
  • Matthew 14: 13-21; 15: 32-38; Luke 9:12-17; John 6)
  • Crucifixion (Matthew 27: 27-56; Mark 15:16-41; Luke 23: 26-46; John 19: 12-37)
  • Breaking of Bread at Emmaus (Luke 24: 13-35)
  • Lamb of God (Revelation 5)
  • Rose Window: Christ the King

Paintings

Sanctuary Area

  • St. Andrew, the Apostle
  • St. Andrew Avellino
  • Matthew (man)
  • Mark (lion)
  • Luke (ox)
  • John (eagle)

The Signs or Miracles of Jesus

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The Parables or Sayings of Jesus

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Shrines

Blessed Mother

  • Apparitions
  • Shields depicting the 15 mysteries of the rosary


Saint Joseph

Sacred Heart

  • Surrounded by images of saints

Crucifixion

  • Surrounded by images of saints who were martyred and the four evangelists

Statues

  • St. Francis of Assisi
  • St. Dominic
  • St. Anthony of Padua and Saint Anne (Sacred heart Shrine)
  • St. Jude Thaddeus
  • St. John Vianney
  • St. Ignatius Loyola
  • St. Patrick
  • St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Architecture

  • Sanctuary: angels: (God’s messengers) support the world --> all is in God’s care
  • Pillars surrounding the reredos: faith (fides), hope (spes), and charity (caritas) but the greatest of these is charity.
  • Body of the church: apostles and saints surround the Assembly as we are gathered to offer the perfect sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving --> Eucharistic Liturgy to the Father
  • Baptismal Font & Pool: Newly baptized emerges onto the center aisle which leads to the altar.
  • Ambry: Contain the three oils: Oil of Sick, Oil of Catechumens and Oil of Chrism. The latter two are used at baptism. Oil of Chrism is used in confirmation.