From The Desk Of Fr. Marty Lukasby Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/14/16
Thank You! The response to the looks of the tabernacle, cross and candle stand has been overwhelming. Beautiful, just beautiful were the words of many.
When I asked for contributions several months ago to have the tabernacle refurbished, three parishioners came forward immediately and said that they wanted to cover the cost of the work as a memorial to their departed loved ones. I want to thank them publically now.
One memorial was given in memory of Mayor D. Michael Collins, by his wife, Sandra Drabik Collins. The other contribution was made in memory of Dr. Konrad J. Lasek by his wife Ann Lasek and daughter Marja Lasek-Martin. These good parishioners wanted a memorial that would be a lasting, beautiful and prayerful tribute to those they loved. What could be more lasting, beautiful and prayerful than our tabernacle, which holds in reserve the Eucharist, the Body and blood of Christ himself!!
I sincerely thank these parishioners for their love of Gesu and wishing to remember their loved ones in such a wonderful way. Mayor Collins and Dr. Lasek will be prayerfully remembered for years to come as we use the tabernacle for the glory of God.
Now a couple of things about the tabernacle:
The refurbishing was done by a company in Chicago who also worked on the tabernacle of Rosary Cathedral and Blessed Sacrament churches here in Toledo.
It weights about 450 pounds. (it is the heaviest one the company has ever worked on other than the cathedral's. You can imagine it was quite difficult getting it off and back on the altar!)
The tabernacle is made of solid bronze
The refinishing process is as follows:
Step one is to check and repair any mechanical issues. Once complete the unit is disassembled. From there the old finish is stripped from the unit. The unit is then polished and then lacquered. After meeting inspection the pieces are reassembled and the mechanical parts are checked again.
The interior is lined with Moire fabric. The ceiling of the units is Cedar and the walls and bottom are a heavy paper board.
Yes - it's a beauty!
Blessings to you....