I have asked Fr. Michael to write and update on some minor improvements we are carrying out to complete the interior upgrade of our beautiful church. I am grateful to him for his work on this.
In 2007, Holy Redeemer Church underwent its third interior renovation/renewal. Under Fr. Joe Corpora and Fr. Stephen Koeth, the 1960’s sanctuary platform was removed and the original terrazzo floor and stairs were once again seen; a marble altar and a matching marble ambo were crafted and installed for our worship together; the church was relighted and painted; a baptismal font was installed that allowed for the option of full immersion baptisms; a Reconciliation Room was installed; new kneelers were installed; the Sisters of the Holy Names gave to the parish a tabernacle from one of their recently closed chapels; a crucifix was installed and the motto of the Redemptorists was scripted across the sanctuary wall. At that time, the plan included replacing the current tabernacle lamp as well as the processional cross and altar candlestands in order to harmonize with the entire liturgical space and the original intent of the architects of 1926. But these last things didn’t happen.
However, renewal is never complete, whether it be our building or ourselves. And so was the case here. Now, we are ready to complete these projects. From what I understand, the Liturgy Committee along with Fr. Chris researched options and before Fr. Chris left in November, he gave them to me. With Fr. Pat, we purchased, through a generous donor, these final items that were meant to complete the renewal of 2007. And so, by Easter Sunday, our hope is to install and celebrate with these final sanctuary appointments as we celebrate our renewed life in Christ and as we renew our baptismal promises with renewed faith, hope and love as an Easter people. May the beauty and the glory they show be reflected in our hearts and lives!