When I arrived at St Joseph’s last year school Mass was being celebrated under pretty makeshift conditions. Vestments and linens were old and second or third hand. The altar was a folding table on risers and the other furniture bits of whatever could be gathered together. The school is new, and people had done the best with what they had. During Lent people donated generously, and working with our local woodworking guild, one of our mothers who is a seamstress and many donors, we were were able to invest in better furnishings for the chapel, new vestments and altar hangings.
We have to convert the stage of our all purpose room to a santuary for school Mass on Fridays. This is what it looks like now when we celebrate feasts or solemnities. Everything is moveable and we set up with a team of students in about fifteen minutes.
We’ve also built a beautiful new Daily Mass chapel in the school that seats about fifty. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved there, and provides is a wonderful quiet heart to the school. Photos to follow when the furnishing and decoration is complete.