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T h is M o nt h at Tra n sf i g u rat io n Lord, how good it is for us to be here!. . . Matthew 17:4

April 2014

t h e m o n t h l y n e w s l e t t e r f o r Tr a n s f i g u r a t i o n C a t h o l i c C h u r c h a n d S c h o o l

Something Old, Something New: The St. John's Stations by Father Bill Baer

By now, many of you have seen the magnificent Stations of the Cross that are installed in our School’s Concourse. Each Friday during Lent, we have been praying the Stations there, and the children especially enjoy getting close enough to the Stations to observe the wounds in the hands, feet, and side of Jesus, the fierce expressions of the Roman soldiers, and the tears running down the cheeks of the Blessed Mother. These Stations were part of the beautiful interior of St. John’s Catholic Church on the East Side, which closed last July. I am grateful to Fr. Mike Byron and the parishioners of St. Pascal’s, which took over the St. John’s property, and who graciously allowed us to bring the Stations to Transfiguration. Here is a bit of history, courtesy of Mr. Greg Cosimini, one of the long-time Trustees and the unofficial Historian at St. John’s: The Stations were made by the Daprato Statuary Company of Chicago, and were likely purchased around 1922, when St. John’s Church was built. Interestingly, the entire church was outfitted with items from Daprato, including all three altars, nine statues, and the altar rail. (Look closely, and you will see a Daprato name block on the lower right side of each Station. Some of them are difficult to read because they have been painted over.) The Stations have been refurbished at least twice, and we will be doing some necessary touching-up this summer, along with improved lighting, descriptive plaques, and other refurbishings. The Fourth Station is missing part of the circle on the Cross at the top; Greg reports that it’s been that way for a very long time. Daprato still exists today as the Daprato Rigali Studios. You can find more information at their website: www.dapratorigali.com. Greg Cosimini’s family has a long connection with Daprato: his grandfather and greatgrandfather worked for Daprato in the early 20th Century after moving to America from Italy. Thank God for the gift of these old-but-new Stations of the Cross. They are more than artwork; they are inspirations to prayer. Christ Jesus Ou r Lord, Sh ine in Us!

C h r is t J esus O u r L o rd , S h i n e th ro u g h U s !

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