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The Church

THE CHURCH: TOUR THE CHURCHgal2

St. Margaret Mary Parish is blessed with a sanctuary in which the artwork helps us visualize many teachings passed to us through Scripture and Catholic Tradition. A walk through the church with Deacon Mechler becomes a quick course in our faith history.

As we enter the church through either foyer, we get a sense of the dedication of the founding families. Many plaques list the key individuals and organizations who made the building possible. The stained glass windows in the two foyers, and in the baptismal font area tell the history of our journey in faith. The south foyer depicts Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Isaac, which of course was not brought to fruition, but prefigured the real sacrifice of God’s only begotten son on the cross. The final of the three south foyer windows shows us the risen Christ. The north foyer stained glass windows show us the sacrifice of the Mass and Jesus the Good Shepherd. The windows in the baptismal font area represent the seven sacraments.

The nine windows on each of the side chapels show us the story of Jesus’ life as revealed through the New Testament. The story begins on the north side at the front near the altar. The first window depicts the Annunciation. Next comes the Nativity, Joseph’s carpentry shop, the finding of Jesus in the temple, the wedding feast at Cana, Jesus’ baptism, the multiplication of the fishes and loaves, the anointing of Jesus’ feet and the blessing of the children by Jesus.

The windows in the Adoration Chapel, beginning at the back, depict the call of the Apostles, the conferring of the keys of the kingdom upon Peter, Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, Jesus’ scourging and crucifixion, the Resurrection, Jesus’ Ascension, the Descent of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Trinity.

The focal point of the Church behind the altar is the mosaic of Jesus revealing to St. Margaret Mary the devotion to His Sacred Heart.  There are four sections of the original altar railing at the front of the sanctuary depicting the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

There are also mosaics in each of the side chapels.  The north chapel depicts The Holy Family and the Adoration Chapel shows us the lifting up of the consecrated Body and Blood of Our Lord.

There are three marble altars in the church.  Each is marked with five crosses representing Jesus’ five wounds.  Two altars contain saint relics.

Returning to the baptismal font, we see a mosaic of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River.  To the left of the mosaic are the holy oils used for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Anointing of the Sick.  In the back of the church are marble statues of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Vincent De Paul, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Infant Jesus of Prague.  Also on the back wall is the “Religious Vocation Honor Roll” in honor of those who answered the call to consecrated life.

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