Chapel Renovation

Joyful news! We are now open for Public Masses and Benediction.  Please view our Photo Gallery for more photos.

Blessed be God in all His gifts!

On Saturday, October 31, 2015, we were again blessed with the presence of our devoted Bishop Mark L. Bartchak as Main Celebrant for Holy Mass.  Our new Tabernacle had been installed and at the end of Mass our Bishop incensed the Tabernacle, paused for silent prayer, reposed the Blessed Sacrament and prayed a special closing Prayer for the occasion: “Lord, through the holy gifts we have received from Your altar, increase the vision of Your truth in our minds.  May we always worship You in Your holy temple.  Through our prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament in this new Tabernacle may we come to rejoice in Your presence with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and with all Your Saints.”  Unlike the new Altar, there is no separate Blessing of a new Tabernacle.  A new Tabernacle is blessed simply by the Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament!  Oh, the greatness and mercy of God!

The images below show our Bishop at the Mass and incensing the Blessed Sacrament.  Below that are two more showing the time of silent prayer and an image of our beautiful new Tabernacle with the stained glass windows lit up with joy.


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Additional Photos of the Mass Installing the new Tabernacle

Saint Joseph, our General Contractor

The Glorious Saint Joseph, our Father and the one to whom we have entrusted this project, has already worked several miracles for us.  We had to have the tile of the Chapel floor tested for asbestos content to ensure the safety of all the workers.  At the time the Chapel was built (1930), most of the tile used would have been made of asbestos and we dreaded the expense and the lost time which would have occurred if we had to go through asbestos abatement.  Both of the samples sent for testing came back negative, no asbestos!  Our grateful thanks to St. Joseph for this grace!

The Nuns have been praying daily to St. Joseph for approximately three years for the success of this renovation.  Please join us in this powerful prayer to St. Joseph.


O Saint Joseph, we venerate you as the model of working men,
the friend of the poor, the consoler of the afflicted, the Saint of Divine Providence.
On earth, you represented the universal goodness and care of the Heavenly Father.
You were the loving carpenter of Nazareth and work-teacher to the Son of God, Who became a humble laborer for us.
At the place of Nazareth, work was elevated to dignity as a means of sanctification and redemption.
Assist with your prayers all who labor for their daily bread and for the building up of the Kingdom.
Obtain for us the spirit of Christian Charity and the special grace for which we now ask….
Dear Saint Joseph, provide for us!  Dear Saint Joseph, pray for us!