Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sanctuary Restoration at St Francis de Sales in Benedict, Maryland, nears completion

Some details remain for completion of the sanctuary restoration project which commenced prior to Easter this year at Saint Francis de Sales in Benedict, Maryland, such as a white cross modeled after that of the Crossland family crest as seen, for example, on the Maryland state flag which will be mounted on the pediment over the altar, the IHS monogrom within the pediment and Carrara marble flooring to be installed throughout the sanctuary.
The reredos has received a final coat of paint as seen in this photo taken today.
Special thanks to Mark Buckingham and Gardiner Hall Interiors.
This transitional photo, below, gives a wide view of the new look for the sanctuary but was taken before a finishing coat of paint on the apse wall concealed patch-painting made necessary by repairs to the foundational plaster.
The below photo taken at Christmas 2010 shows the sanctuary as it looked previously following a Rambusch remake in the 1970's.

Thanks to all financial benefactors of this project whose support will be gratefully remembered in a parish novena of Masses between Ascension and Pentecost offered for their intentions. About a tenth of the cost of the project has yet to be raised.

Donations may be sent to:
St Francis de Sales Sanctuary Renovation
PO Box 306
Benedict MD 20612

with checks made payable to Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church.


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