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i  i St. John Church, Newburgh New church location, furnishings tell a story of faith By FATHER JOSEPH ZILIAK As we celebrate the dedication of our new church, we'll give a of some of the concepts involved in the design and space s of the new place of worship. F/ i :'ii' Entering the church . . The closer we come to the church, the more we begin wlth- raW!ng from the world of cares and concerns. Sidewalks are uge(l with bricks, containing the names of living and dead parish rerabers and members of their families or others closely connect- ea with our parish. We do not walk alone, but are supported and many others. narthex is an expansive and high ceilinged area filled The floor is a patterned quarry tile, with contrasting red and pumpkin colors. The colors seem to bring the out- door sun into the gathering space. The area expands to the right and left, giving places for people to gather after Mass, to stand around and talk and to share com- mon life. Bulletin boards on the side wails allow various groups to keep us aware of their special programs, or fundraisers. This is community space. This same narthex area will serve as the place to bring little ones if they are cross. We will not have a special cry room. The doors leading into the assembly area of worship have glass inserts, and there is a large glass window at one for view- ing into the altar area. Speakers will keep those in the narthex in contact with song . and word of the Mass. i Font As we enter into the assembly area, we notice a standing holy water font at the base of the large central laminated wood support beam. This stone font was the baptismal font in the first St. John Church on Jennings Street. Many of our present parish members were baptized at this font as infants. A cop- per pan was inserted to insure against seep- age into the stone. The practice of blessing " ourselves with the sign of the cross with holy r of the cleansing waters of baptism that wash away all sin. The "living water" referred to fre- ture is a symbol of the life giving presence and power of God and his Spirit in us. Thus we walk mg waters, cleansed and renewed in faith as we enter into further into the house of God. ,. Asembly area ....... ........ ........ , ..... As We enter through one of the four double doors from the narthex into the assembly area, we are are met sea of pews arranged in fan shape all leading the eye to'the altar. There is seating for 818 persons in the space. The pews are solid !:: i i i  :/. i: .... : aSserably, the priest, and the ministers at the altar. eyes drift upward to the right and left of the altar to the large windows that and sky to be viewed. They are God's creations and uplifting to the passage of the seasons of the year are constantly visible. As you pivot you notice that there are four other walls topped with clerestory windows, a gracious amount of natural sunlight to enter the worship space. The ss comes that the window frames form crosses. eyes continue upward to the pine wood of the ceiling. The structure is five massive laminated wood beams that join at a steel collar some 45- the floor in the mid-point of the area. The same wood of the ceiling drifts I to surround the windows. The wooden cap is edged with a darker oak which is echoed in the chair rail. The lighting is all indirect, both the over- _ iers and the wall lighting. Halogen bulbs provide the light. The chande- re cross shaded, thus reveatin in the structure a sacred image in various ways. ne,,rainating tle front left wall area is the crucifix, which helps define us as a e e purchased by the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus our Redeemer. The walls The'finer side of the doors leading to the narthex will hold the stations at the cross. eare the stations that are in our present church. aSse e music ministry will emanate from the tiled floor area to the left in the . of co uiy" The organ isa newly purchased Rodgers electronic organ. Through the aid Spe.nputerization the sounds of a large pipe organ are re-created through a series of ceii.ershoused in the large boxes to the left and right of the altar area tip near the 5. , piano is also available. A choir of at least 25-voices may occupy the area, Continued on back page of special section red oak. The 20-foot pews were purchased from Good Shepherd Church, Evansville, when they pur- chased new pews for their new church in 1991. During construction of our church, the pews were stored in rented facilities in Chandler. The 17-foot pews and the shorter pews are from our previous church. During the first half of 1992, our pews and the Good Shepherd pews were taken to Dale Construction Company, Huntingburg, for stripping and matched staining. The Good Shepherd pews received new ends to match those of St. John. The aisles and staging area near the sanctuary are carpeted. The color is quarry. The floor under the pews is concrete. The natural concrete was covered with a grey sealant. The floor is sloped, flat, and then sloped again down to the sanctuary area which rises up three steps. The various areas of flat spaces pro- vides multiple choices for seating for those who are wheelchair bound. The floor covering for the sanctuary and music ministry areas are grey ceramic tile. The focal point of the assembly space is the altar of sacrifice. Nearby to the right is the lectern or ambo, from which the Word of God is proclaimed in reading and broken open for the faithful in the homily. Both oak structures were crafted by parishioners Walter and Edward Reine and used in our former church. To the left and behind the altar are the chairs for the president of the