The Dedication of the Daily Mass Altar
Published on April 27-28, 2013 in the Parish Bulletin of Saint Andrew Catholic Church, Harrodsburg KY
On the 18th of April, the Thursday of the third week of Easter, the Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Lexington, dedicated the new altar during the celebration of the 11:00 AM Mass at the Daily Mass Chapel of Saint Andrew’s. I concelebrated this Mass with the Bishop and Fr. Catesby (Chris) Clay, Jr., the present pastor of Saint Lawrence in Lawrenceburg, our former mission.
The chrism used by the Bishop to consecrate the altar came from the oil stock received by our mission in Perryville, Saint Mary’s, at the Chrism Mass on March 23 at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington. The thurible (censer) that was used for the rite also came from Saint Mary’s.
There were some thirty people present to celebrate this rare yet rich rite of consecration. Some of them have a personal connection to this ‘new’ chapel. Patricia Keller and her son Michael were there; their family had given the corpus for the crucifix in the chapel more than a century ago and had provided for its most recent restoration. Bruce Browning served as the acolyte for the Mass; his uncle H. Samuel Carey had built the cross for that same crucifix. Karen Abbey proclaimed the reading and psalm for the day; she and her husband, Deacon Richard Abbey, had given a gift to the parish in memory of his uncle and aunt, a gift that made the construction of the altar possible.
Karen Rood, the Diocesan Director of Worship, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the dedication. JoAnn Martin performed her usual duties as sacristan for this extraordinary occasion.
Angela Wentz and her youngest son Jacob brought up the gifts for the celebration of the Eucharist. Jacob is scheduled to receive his First Holy Communion with his class on June 9.
The parish office staff, Mary Jane Trimble and Sara Sue Niemann, assisted in wiping the altar stone after its consecration and in placing crowns of carnations on the candlesticks.
The chair of the Parish Council, Pete Chiericozzi, and his wife Barbara laid upon the dedicated altar the new white cloth sewn by Patricia Kelty. They also set the two candles in the tall golden candlesticks that now stand on both sides of the altar. These candlesticks were among the six that were used for decades on the old high altar of the first Saint Andrew’s Church. As pastor, I had the privilege of lighting these altar candles with the burning taper handed by the Bishop during the rite.