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i : , " Continued from front page of special section The placement was chosen to allow the choir or cantors to sing with the people in the assembly area, rather than a position that would have against the people. The floor of the assembly area is concrete to give another hard surface for musical instruments and voices to have more vibrancy. sloped boor will allow voices to rise over the backs of those in front of them, thus enhancing the sense of a community at song and prayer. The speakers for the voice enhancement sound system are clustered in a central position above the altar area. Acoustics in a church need to balance between the natural reverberations of song and instrumental music, and that of the single voice reading or leading in prayer. Our sound takes both needs into account. Baptistry To the right of the altar platform is the baptistry. It is here that we are brought to the Lord and secrated to him. Infants are carried by parents and godparents. Adults are accompanied by Dead to the old. Alive to the new. These are the rhythms of baptism. Our baptistry is to call to mind the dying with Christ. The base of the baptistry is eight-sided or octagonal. The Christians always noted that Jesus rose from the dead "early in the morning of the first day of the week." They took the seven days of a week, plus one and used the number eight or octagonal represent Christ's resurrection to new life. St. John the Lateran Basilica in Rome has a free octagonal shaped baptismal building. We are capitalizing on the cross and eight-sided symbolism this baptistry. Multiple cross imagery is given through the standing limestone font. It is cross and visible as such from all sides. Crosses are also etched into the sides. Water bubbles up into inch circular basin at the top. The circular shape here is a reminder of the infinity, unendingness of God, as well as a sign of the womb of the Church which nurtures life. The water flows out onto the beams and then cascades down into the pool and is circulated back through the system, which heated waters. The basin has a copper pan to keep the water from soaking into the porous 1! but also to provide a linkage with the holy water font in the narthex. We enter through the and cleansing waters into the house of God. The candidates for baptism will enter the waters down the steps (dying with Christ) and out the steps of the other cross arm (rising to new life). White tile lines the baptistry pool. A cross the floor of the baptistry reflects the shape of the pool itself. .i Sacristy , :: As you leave the assembly area through the door by the baptistry you can proceed out a back Turn to the right and you enter the sacristy. This room serves many purposes, most of which needs of worship. Vesting room A door leads up three steps to the vesting room for the priests or deacons. A door to the right as you ascend the steps leads to a small bathroom. The vesting room contains a large wardrobe and table-like wooden piece of furniture. This is the vesting table. The vest- ments, that is, the albs, stoles and chasubles, are stored here. Prayer, Scripture and liturgical books are here for the presidirig ministers. The vesting table itself is over lO0-years old and comes from the original St. John Church ON Jennings Street. It is of tiger walnut wood. It was refurbished by Jim Shoultz and Bob Gesselman of our parish. Reconciliation Room The second half of this space serves as the Reconciliation Room for the Sacrament of Penance. In the corner is a table with two chairs. Just inside the door off the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is a kneeler with screen. The penitent coming for the sacrament will either kneel behind the screen for the confession of sins or the penitent maywalk : around the kneeler and be seated for a more informal style of confession. The door from the sacristy will be locked. The door from the chapel will be closed, thus insuring complete privacy for the confessor as well as penitent. Blessed Sacrament Chapel At the southeast corner of the Church structure is the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, It is here that the tabernacle is placed and thus chapel of reservation of the Blessed Sacrament. Because of this, the Space is highly ornate than others. This is an especially sacred space. A space where may come for private prayer and meditation. The that )le ages will feel free to come and spend some time quietly a refuge, a place of peace, a place of strength. A light will be shining on the tabernacle at all times. The word tabernacle means a little house -- a little house where God dwells in a special form, in th( consecrated hosts that remain from the Eucharistic liturgy. The traditional a red glass vigil stand will also mark the place of reservation. The been wilh the parish for many years and comes from the original parish church. The tabernacle rests on a pedestal held up by angels. The angels thus remind the words from Scripture, "He will bid his angels take care of you, they will support you." And again, "angels came and waited on him." (Mt. The pedestal is a gift from St. Mary Church, Evansville, The altar is of sandstone. It was the altar on which the tabernacle was our former church. The altar stands in front of a paneled wall which contains subtle design of the cross. Statues of Mary and Joseph add a touch of the human to the walls of the chapel. The pews are also from our former church. The stained glass windows from the original St. John Church. Pieces of the glass were gathered from various places and refurbished to fit the four windows and transom. The lights also from the former church. The mixture of the old and new gives a familiar feel to the space. A space where people will feel comfortable in the presence of the Lord.  Nursery Before arriving at the chapel, the visitor will pass the nursery room. This is designed for o')re of infants and toddlers during liturgical services if the parents so desire. Volunteers look after the little ones, thus allowing parents a more distraction- free time at Mass. The room has several baby beds and little people tables and chairs. A changing shelf is built in. A restroom is attached. This space will also be used as the bride's room for weddings. A mirrored make- up table and adjoining restroom will add to the convenience. The restroom is a unisex handicap accessible space. It has a door into the narthex area, thus giving access from two areas" Just off the'narthex are larger restrooms. Meeting rooms Two meeting rooms are entered from the narthex to the north. We are considering naming them Zachary and Elizabeth. This would continue the family of John the Baptist. Before entering the meeting rooms is a control room. Winding steps lead to a loft above with a vantage out over the congregation. This will lend itself to videotaping or photography of special celebrations. Additional areas Just inside the north entry to the church is a workroom. This has a sink and cabinetry as well as other storage areas. The basement houses mechanical systems and includes ufffinished space for future development.