Altar of Remembrance
All that We Have: The New Altar in the Daily Mass Chapel, Part 2
Published on April 13-14, 2013 in the Parish Bulletin of Saint Andrew Catholic Church, Harrodsburg KY
Beneath the image of the Blessed Virgin enshrined in the central niche of the back side of the altar, there is a brass memorial plate that reads: Please pray for the souls of Charles L. Bradshaw, Hubert and Milree Kissler. It was placed there so that the priest, when he bends down to venerate the altar with a kiss at the beginning of Mass, would easily see those names and thus be reminded to pray for their souls as he offers the Holy Sacrifice.
Hubert Marion (1922-2011) and Mildred Milree Reynolds Kissler (1929-2009) of Bridgewater, Iowa, were the uncle and aunt of our very own Deacon Richard L. Abbey. In their memory, Deacon Abbey and his wife Karen gave to our parish a gift that covered a third of the expenses for the building of the new altar.
Parishioner Charles Lewis Bradshaw (1951-2012) had also expressed a desire to donate towards the building of the new altar. Unfortunately, he had succumbed to a terminal illness before the plans were even finalized. In his memory and in honor of the many other parishioners who have been so generous to our parish, I had decided to give back a portion of the gifts that I had received from parishioners last Christmas to cover the rest of the expenses for the building of this altar.
Neither the Kisslers nor Charlie Bradshaw ever had children. Yet, they will not be forgotten, for the example of their generosity had inspired others to be generous themselves. Generations of priests and parishioners of Saint Andrew’s will continue to pray for them every day at every celebration of the Mass in our chapel.
The altar was first used on Maundy Thursday 2013 as the altar of repose. The hosts consecrated from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper were reserved in an old wooden tabernacle that was laid on top of this altar. That gold-painted tabernacle was from the now closed Saint Nicholas Church in Rose Hill.
This new altar will be blessed and consecrated by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, DD, Bishop of Lexington, during the 11:00 AM Mass on April 18, the Thursday of the Third Week of Easter.
After its consecration, the altar will be used for all daily Masses in the chapel. The Wednesday evening Youth Mass and the Mass on Friday will continue to be celebrated in the main sanctuary since these traditionally draw crowds bigger than what the chapel would be able to accommodate.
It is also my hope that, come the Solemnity of Pentecost, we will start using this new altar for the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament when our parish will begin to make more available the popular devotion of the Eucharistic Adoration. Our permanent deacons will be promoting and preaching about this devotion during this season of Easter.