In 2016, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish was winding down its Generations of Faith Campaign and having surpassed our goal, we realized that money returning to the parish could initiate a project that would transform the interior of our church to have, not just paint to cover up cracks and years of suit, but also make a powerful statement for liturgical worship, add warmth, beauty and a mystical quality for inspirational prayer. The Pastoral Parish Council and its Trustees along with priests of our parish met to deliberate what could be done to accomplish our goal.
The end result is what is being celebrated this Sunday March 3rd with the blessing of Bishop James Massa, auxiliary bishop and Moderator of the Curia of our Diocese sent by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio our chief shepherd.
The preparation and planning for this project was long and tedious and needed to introduce elements that would compliment and enhance the architecture, design and structure of this sacred space and not compromise the reason for its use and sanctity.
The vaulted ceilings, the great arches, the stained glass windows, the woodwork, the natural lighting, the terrazzo floors, the great baldacchino, the sanctuary, the art work, the side altars and shrine to our Our Lady; all needed to be taken into consideration before the work began to take shape. The solution, was the use of color that was not extraneous, but taken from within the stained glass windows and applied in a way to create a greater adherence to the qualities of the interior structure.
We realized by following this methodical plan; every corner, every angle, every turn, every square inch and every shrine would point to the Altar of Sacrifice and the Tabernacle as the central focus for our parishioners and guests who come to worship each Sunday for the Eucharist.
I am grateful to all the contributors to the Generation of Faith Diocesan Campaign, as well as, private donors who allowed this to happen. The work which began in June of 2017 was completed in October 2018. I am also grateful to Artisan, Inc., Church Decorators and Painters and their great cast of artists and painters that executed this work with much care and passion.
Rev. Anthony J. Sansone