As of this writing, the structure of the tabernacle for our Adoration Chapel has been completed by Dick Zahniser, and the final touches are being put on the icons which were the labor and prayer of Pati Sorge. Once the tabernacle is ready (which may be the case by the time this go to press), we will install it immediately.
Why have we built a tabernacle for the Adoration Chapel you might ask? Well, it is very simple. Sometimes, people on the schedule for adoration are late and even sometimes miss their slot, leaving the person assigned for the hour prior to them in a dilemma. Should they stay or go? Often people have stayed an extra hour and even sometime two extra hours. Also when there is a need for a substitute and one cannot be found, Rex Titus has personally taken their spot, a saintly thing to do, but something that nobody should ever have to do. So, with the installation of the tabernacle a person can simply close the doors at the end of their hour of adoration and leave if the next person didn’t show up. Once the next person arrives, they simply approach the tabernacle and open the doors. Of course the recommended gesture prior to approaching the tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament is that of a simple genuflection.
With this new tabernacle installed, a whole lot of stress will be taken off Rex and his successor in the process of keeping the chapel open 24-7 for our community. Please keep your eyes peeled to the bulletin for more information about the tabernacle’s icons and their meaning and purpose. Thank you Pati for your iconographic skills and Dick Zahnizer for the construction of the tabernacle. It has been a long process, but one that has been a labor and prayer of love. Thank you!
Fr. William Holtzinger