Brushing away some spider-webs in a dark storage space down below in the original church space (a.k.a. the Parish Center or the Creative Clubhouse) we found two statues, one of Mary with the infant Jesus and one of Joseph. These statues once adorned, from what I am told, the original worship space here at Nativity of Mary. Happily, they are not in bad shape. We are hoping to get them touched up and made available once again for public veneration. Maybe we can find a home for them in the school or in the cafeteria. If anybody knows any of the history behind these statues please pass it along. I would be eager to know more about them.
But that’s not all. We also found a couple of boxes containing the Stations of the Cross, wrapped in newspaper dated from 1980, that once hung in the original worship space. These also are in pretty good shape. We were disappointed to discover, however, that the set is not complete. Four of the fourteen Stations are missing. If anybody knows what happened to the missing Stations, please notify one of the parish archaeologists. I have offered a prayer to St. Anthony, patron saint of lost objects. If they haven’t been discarded or destroyed maybe the missing Stations still can be recovered.
Catholic worship engages all of our senses and sentiments. Thanks be to God for all of the sights, smells, sounds, and anything that lifts our hearts, minds, memories, and bodies into the realm of the sacred.
Be encouraged also to know that we have begun here at the parish discussions about making some renovations to our current worship space so that all who come here to pray can find beauty that will inspire, ennoble, and lift them from the morass of our fallen world. We will keep you posted regarding that.
In the meantime, thanks for all that you do to make Nativity of Mary a place that many are proud and happy to call their parish home. May God help us to uncover many more hidden treasures among us!