Wednesday was FIELD TRIP DAY!
Fr. Pfeiffer and I jumped into his Bernadette Subaru and headed south to Columbus to visit the Jubilee Museum. The Jubilee Museum in the Diocese of Columbus collects discarded Catholic items from closed or closing Catholic churches and displays them in a former Catholic school in Columbus. (Some items were reclaimed from bars, junk stores, and other businesses that obtained sacred items when a church closed.) The founding priest is Fr. Lutz pictured below.
The interesting cross next to which he is standing was made of parts of the wrecking ball crane that was used to tear down a Columbus church the model of which you can see in the background. (I will let him tell you the rest of that story when you visit the museum.)
There are many wonderful and interesting things to be found there and our gracious host gave us a most excellent tour. Below is from the vestment collection, probably my favorite room in the museum.
As evidence that he is not too narrow in his saving of items, below is an example of a vestment (that was quite well constructed) that looks - well - while well done would have been an excellent addition to a Lost in Space episode had a Catholic priest been on board.
The items are varied and sometimes surprising. Below would be a case in point. This is a portion of a branch of a tree under which the very first Mass in Ohio was prayed. They were apparently cut and handed out as commemorative pieces to mark the occasion. (That isn't even the most remarkable part of the story but again I will let a docent give you the full story.)
I have had some personal items that I have saved from parishes over the years - items that were destined for the dumpster of which I said, "I'l take them to the dumpster for you," and they ended up in my basement. Finally a good home was found for them and we did a little bit of bartering. I exchanged my items for the item pictured in the backseat of Bernadette Subaru. It is sanctuary lamp that will be used in the new chapel at the Julie Billiart School in Akron.
Fr. was also gracious enough to provide some materials pertaining directly pertaining to St. Sebastian Parish in Akron! Those will be revealed on our 90th anniversary. Thank you and God bless Father!
So here are a couple of things with which I will leave you: The first, I have a chapel that I need to make Catholic. The school, named the Julie Billiart School at St. Sebastian, Akron, is a Catholic school for children with learning challenges. The chapel (shown below) will be used by the school. It needs everything and I cannot take it out of the parish budget: candle sticks, statues, stations of the cross, alter linens, a nice sized corpus for the cross, processional candles and cross, pipe organ . . . you get the picture. If you have anything, please consider donating it to the new school.
OR - if you have items that do not have a good home and they would not work in the chapel above, consider donating them to the Jubilee Museum where the will be given a good home.
Thanks for reading!