Francis Xavier Church
design of the church is Gothic: thus the renovation and restoration
of the church is in the Gothic style. All furnishings have been
designed to follow this theme by the use of the Gothic style
altar, crucifix, pews, pulpit, stained glass windows, and tabernacle.
The church seats 275 people.
As you approach the main doors of the church, you will notice
the entrance plaza in the center of which stands a marble statue
of Saint Francis Xavier, the patron of this church.
proceed through the main archway, a carved stature of the Blessed
Virgin Mary greets all visitors. To your right is a room for
coats; to your left is a stairway and/or elevator to the lower
level of the building where there are classrooms, restrooms
and a kitchen.
SPACE. As you enter the Church through the glass doors, you
will be in the “Gathering Space”. You immediately
see the marble Baptismal Font designed by and constructed by
Joseph Bast. a member of the Parish.
the Baptismal Font is a wood carving of the Holy Family. Near
the Font are live trees and plants symbolizing the life which
comes to us from the living waters of Baptism. Near the font
is a large display case containing various pieces of precious
art, artifacts from the original church and various items of
your left is seating as well as a reliquary containing
part of the remains of St. Francis Xavier. The reliquary
was originally the baptismal font used in the church.
It has been renovated to house the relique and a statue
of St. Francis Xavier, the patron of our parish.
To your right is the ambry containing the Holy Oils, used in
the administration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation
and Anointing of the Sick. Above the ambry is a carved statue
of the Risen Lord. In the center of the Gathering Space is the
entrance into the church.
Space is provided with speakers from the main body of the church
for overflow at large ceremonies and to serve as a cry room
for parishioners with very small children. The Gathering Space
also serves as a chapel for calling-hours on the occasion of
the death of a parishioner; and as an interment chapel for burials
from other parishes.
As you pass through the glass doors and enter the main body
of the church, 16 stained glass windows grace the outside walls
of the structure. These windows depict various saints related
to the life of the Church. 36 new pews designed in the fashion
of the original pews have been installed in the Church.
wall-space between the windows are the Stations of the Cross
and the consecration candles. The Stations are over 80 years
old, and still retain much of the original paint. In some of
the Stations, tears can be seen in the eyes of those depicted
in the particular scene.
you above the glass doors separating the Gathering Space from
the nave, are the organ speakers and organ pipes. On the rear
wall of what was the original church is an original painting
of the “Pantocrator”. The Pantocrator is an early
image of the All Powerful Christ Enthroned in Heaven. The image
of Christ is flanked by two angels who serve Him.
left in the nave is the Reconciliation Room. The Reconciliation
Room is adorned with a beautiful Crucifix to remind of Jesus’
love for sinful humanity. On the wall near the Reconciliation
Room is a wood carving of “Our Lady of Perpetual Help”.
The carving was designed by the Demetz studio of Ortise, Italy.
To your right is an area to be used by the Parish Music Ministry.
This space has been designed for the organ, the keyboard and
the Sanctuary is a Spanish Crucifix carved in Maple wood.
marble altar has been restored to its original design as it
was in the original church. Mosaics, designed in Italy, have
been added to the front of the altar. The pulpit is made of
cararra marble and mosaics imported from Italy. Directly behind
the altar (located in the former entrance to the church) is
a new altar and tabernacle. The tabernacle has been designed
in the Gothic style and was commissioned in Spain.
Tabernacle are two stained glass windows. The statues of Mary
and Joseph from the original church adorn the Sanctuary.
GLASS WINDOWS: The windows, designed by Radiant Art Company,
depict various saints canonized by the Church. The large window
above the tabernacle depicts the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Saint
Francis Xavier, the patron of this church, Saint Peter the first
Bishop of Rome and Saint Paul the greatest preacher and missionary
the Church has ever known.
the center window is a small window with a Eucharistic theme.
OF AMERICA: On the right side of the Sanctuary, is a window
dedicated to the Saints of America. Saint John Newman, the first
bishop of Philadelphia who instituted 40 Hours Devotion; Saint
Francis Cabrini – a noted sister who served the poor and
sick immigrants to America; Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton –
a convert who was instrumental in establishing the Catholic
School System in America, and who established the Sisters of
Charity; and Saint Katheri Tekuitha a noted Indian convert.
Beside the window dedicated to American Saints is a window dedicated
to modern Saints who had an impact on the life of the Church
and on the priesthood.
SAINTS: Saint John Vianney, “the Cure of Ars” is
the patron Saint of priests. Saint Pope Pius X was deeply devoted
to the Eucharist. He reformed the Liturgy, encouraged frequent
reception of Holy Communion, and lowered the age for the reception
of First Communion to 7. Saint Padre Pio was canonized by Pope
John Paul II in July of 2002. He was loved by people from all
over the world, he suffered the “stigmata” and had
the gift of bi-location ( he was seen on the battle fields of
World War II and at the same time was seen in his monastery
in Italy. Blessed Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican
Council, which brought the Church into the 21st century.
OF CHRIST: On the left side of the Sanctuary is a window dedicated
to the ancestors of Christ. Mary and Joseph adorn the top section
of the window. King David, one of three great kings of Israel
and Moses, who led the Israelites out of Egypt, are honored
on the lower half of the window.
Beside the window dedicated to the Ancestors of Christ and near
the pulpit is the window of the “Four Evangelists”
- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
along the sides of the church are the original windows of the
church. A window has been added at each side of the new section.
window on the left depicts two great saints of England
– Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher. Both
of these men remained faithful to the Church of Rome
when all of England left the Church under King Henry
VIII. Thomas More was the Lord Chancellor of England,
and John Fisher was the only bishop of England who refused
to compromise belief in the pope as the Vicar of Christ.
the other side of the church near the choir area is a window
depicting St. Cecelia - the patron Saint of music and Saint
Maria Goretti – the patron Saint of youth.
On the outside wall of the “Gathering Space”
facing the cemetery, are the columbarium. In each section
there are 32 crypts. Engraved plaques will bear the names
of the deceased who are inurned.