Thursday, March 21, 2019


Memories, like birds, fleeting.  They must be grasped and held in heart's hands.

Things are looking up a bit, but much seems to hinge on the inspection by the state's inspector.  That should be very soon, we hope.  But below you will see what has transpired since blogger last wrote.  We'll start with the statues (really deep relief i.e. almost looking like free standing), of Mary and Joseph.  They are presented here to give you either a distant view (Mary), or a close up of Joseph.  (You may see the close up of Mary at some time.)  Joseph is, of course, to the right of the alter, and Mary to the left.  The photo of Mary gives you a sense of where she is on that wall in relation to the windows (yet to be glassed).  And so...

Seven windows?  Does that mean that they will have abstract symbols of the Sacraments or of the Eucharist?  We shall all have to wait and see.

Next is Joseph, a noble photo of a noble man.  

Now for a few photos of the Stations of the Cross.  The purpose of the selection is to show you the different backgrounds they've been placed on.  The stations and the crosses are all from the old chapel here on Hilton Drive.


While it may seem a simple task of mountings, it was really a rather involved and very exacting one. Two of our folks from Maintenance tackled the task and did a very good job of it.

Here is what the chapel looks like from the overlook on 1 1/2 window.  The rest of the sanctuary furniture will come very soon to the site (still in storage nearby).

Now to wrap up this blog, I thought you'd want to see Mary close up, since this close view of her would have required a ladder, probably.  (The background is the carpet the reliefs were laying on.)

Blogger thinks this is a nice way to say good day to you.  God bless you; Mary keep you, and may the devil not know of your passing until you are safe in the arms of God (from a version of an Irish blessing).

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

CNSTRCTN: VOL. XX, #1 Long Time No Blog

Memories, like birds, are fleeting.  One must grasp and hold in heart's hands.

Yes, it has been a while since you have been enlightened with a few enlightening photos.  So sit back and enjoy and question and imagine where... and how (one of blogger's questions)?  First we will look at and wonder...  You will be looking at the credence table.  It is large, and will hold the cruets, finger towel, etc.  If there are more priests or someone else assisting in the Mass, this table will hold whatever they need. you can see.  Yes, the marble top is real and also from the altar in the old chapel.  This makes it very special, as the other pieces of furniture that you will see here.

And what you see here is the ambo (in medieval Greek--pulpit, in case you are not up on your medieval Greek).   One of the items blogger is particularly interested in hasn't shown up yet, and it's the presider's chair.  Will there be a small marble top table next to it when the chair is placed in the sanctuary?  Questions, guesses, questions, guesses. ???????

This table is for the tabernacle, thus the Blessed Sacrament table.  There may be another name for such a table, but I'll have to ask around to find out what it is.  Stay tuned.

Since there a few things at this time that blogger could show you, she will let you guess and question further.

Now we will move over to the Marian shrine behind the main chapel.  The photo you will see is the background of the shrine.  A decorative, but not fancy, open framework will be         held by the
rods you see sticking out of the back.  The framework will hold glass panels, if blogger is remembering rightly.  Behind the break between the two sections is a third section a little lower, that you can see in-between the two sections you see easily.  Blogger is not sure what the floor will look like in front of the shrine.  One might expect a circle, wouldn't one.

'Tis time to leave the reader with much to ponder, but blogger hopes you will find it as fascinating as she does.  At this moment, blogger wished she knew enough Greek to bit you a fond adieu in that language.  Have a very enlightening and uplifting time in the interim.  Blogger.

Friday, January 11, 2019

CNSTRCT Vol. XIX, #1 Chapel getting closer to the finished line!

Memories, like birds, fleeting.  One must grasp and hold in heart's hands.

It's been a loooong sleep, blogger knows, and apologizes.  The computer grinch was afoot and blogger was having password meltdown (mixed metaphor).  So, here's the rundown on two months of men working and blogger struggling with technology.

We'll start with the area that many readers have already seen--
the new elevator hall.  It looks the same on all but 2nd. and 3rd.
hall since they open in a different direction.  Notice that the soccer field is visible to the person't left as he/she enters.  On the other two floors with the different orientation, the rider will be looking out the left window onto the garden area and the CLC.

Moving into the chapel, you will see some new additions since we were last in there on the blog.  Here's the pouring of the sanctuary platform and step (cement being forced out of the hose by the workman stepping on it) and the finished product of that operation;

Notice in the above photos the curved wall ready for the wood panels that will be cemented to it.  You  are seeing those panels in this next photo along with the figure of Christ (at last).  Notice a chain hanging just beyond the table.  Yes, waiting to mount the cross and the figure of Christ.  In the second
photo, it is accomplished.  One of the men who helped with the mounting said that it took about a half hour.  Notice again that there is another chain on the right. The third photo hints at how the crucifix is hanging--by flat hooks  which are slipped into slots on the mounting board against the background


As noted, there is still another chain.  That's for altar top which weighs around two tons.  It is over to the side near the windows because it was in the way where it was first placed, i.e. in front of the then future steps.
So, loyal readers and any newcomers, now you know.  Blogger has been chaffing at the bit to show all of this to you.

I close with a now experienced New Year, however you may feel about it.  Blogger's grand niece will be delivering (we pray) twin girls.  That's a really positive thing for blogger's family.  She hopes that there will be many positive things and many unexpected blessings for you.
p.s.  In case there is no explanation being prepared for the forked cross and the style of the figure of Christ, blogger will supply one.
God bless!