Praised be Jesus Christ.
Dear Parishioners of Saint John the Evangelist,
Our Pastor, Bishop Peter Christensen, has decided to restore our Lord Jesus Christ—fully alive and dwelling in the Tabernacle—to its original, proper, and prominent location. We wholeheartedly support him in this effort.
The present legislation of the Church concerning the placement of the tabernacle states, “In accordance with the structure of each church and legitimate local customs, the Most Blessed Sacrament should be reserved in a tabernacle in a part of the church that is truly noble, prominent, conspicuous, worthily decorated and suitable for prayer.”
Beginning February 15th, we will begin the restoration process. During this time, the areas of the altar valley floor and sanctuary will be covered and protected. The work is scheduled to take 90 days or less.
This work is part of a larger scope that includes the following:
- Restoration of Tabernacle and Reredos (dome) to original location
- Restoration of Bishop’s Baldacchino and Cathedra (canopy and chair) to north wall of sanctuary
- Restoration of original Baptismal Font to new location north of existing Baptismal pool
- Relocate Ambry from current location to new location north wall below St Joseph
- Relocation of Sacred Heart statue to current tabernacle location
- Raising of current Crucifix
- Purchase of new Tabernacle and Monstrance
The mission of the Church is to bring souls to Christ and make Him the center of our lives. We believe this should be reflected in our worship space, especially at the Mother Church of our Diocese. Restoring Jesus to the center of our Cathedral, the most prominent place of honor, will assist the faithful into a deeper understanding of Christ truly present and alive in the tabernacle, and lead to a deepening of true adoration and devotion.
This weekend, we will begin a small campaign to raise funds needed for the restoration. After Mass there will be parishioners outside each entrance to show a rendition of the restoration as well as assist in taking your donation or filling out your pledge card. To all the generous parishioners who have already stepped forward and contributed, we thank you! To those who have not yet had the opportunity to contribute, we invite you to pray for the success of this restoration. May the Lord give you peace as you discern your sacrifice in support of this project.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Mariusz Majewski, Rector
Deacon Daniel Gamboa, Administrator