Our recently renovated St. Joan of Arc church was blessed by Archbishop Bernard Hebda on Sunday, May 27. The short ceremony involved the blessing of the church’s new altar and then a ritual blessing of the four corners of the church which symbolizes a blessing of the entire church interior. Following the ceremony in the church the Archbishop blessed the new SJA Welcome Center off the gym and then presided at the 11 a.m. gym Mass.
The church renovation, funded by the recent SJA Capital Campaign, marked the most significant work on the church’s interior in decades. The general contractor for the project was St. Patrick’s Guild, St. Paul, and it was coordinated by the SJA Facilities Committee, chaired by Jerry Hartlaub. SJA pastor, Fr. Jim DeBruycker, and parishioner, Paul Hempe, co-chaired the church restoration sub-committee.
The extent of the major restoration work closed the church from January 2 until Palm Sunday, March 25, when it opened again for Family Mass. The projects in the church included the new reredos (altar piece); a beautiful new baptistery area with a stained glass window done by Gaytee-Palmer Stained Glass; new lighting throughout and a new sound system both installed by Twin City Sound; new Stations of the Cross and a new room on the south side of the altar area.
The successful capital campaign funded the Welcome Center, the church restoration and the planned installation of sound panels in and painting of the gym. As Fr. Jim DeBruycker says, “With all the work done in the last couple of years by St. Joan of Arc parishioners and our excellent contractors, once we have the panels and painting done, we’re going to take a deep breath and enjoy what we’ve accomplished”.