Father John has mentioned that work has been on-going to bring the tabernacle back into the Sanctuary (the area around the altar). When the church was first built, the high altar was against the main wall of the church, and the tabernacle was set on the altar. Over the altar and tabernacle was a special canopy called a baldacchino. With this history of Holy Rosary’s church in mind, the group of parishioners working on the tabernacle had a design to work with. Special thanks to those on that committee: Jim Burgess, Tim Jergens, Sheila Cosgrove, Karen Kuhar, Dan Miles, Doris Sidrovich, David Redenbaugh, Kathy Schwartz, and Jim Newstrom.
Two drawings are provided to give some perspective. Looking at them, you may notice how different aspects of the church’s architecture are echoed: the archway of the tabernacle (taken from the two archways above it), the gold painted background (also used behind several of the side altars), and the altar on which the tabernacle will rest (similar to the two side altars at the front of the church). At the top of the tabernacle’s archway, there is a “notch”, meant to unite the image of the enthroned Christ at the top of the wall, with the crucified Christ, with Christ present in the Eucharist that will be reserved in the tabernacle. The black rectangle is a slab of marble that accentuates the tabernacle. At the top of the marble will be a wood ceiling that will have a light that can illuminate the tabernacle. Besides the ceiling, wood will also frame the archway, and will be the same stain as the other wood areas in the church (like the confessionals). Finally, the intention is to continue to use the tabernacle that is in the church, to move it from the current Reservation Chapel up to the Sanctuary. Again, thanks to the committee for all their work in designing the church’s new tabernacle space.