A New Altar from Italy



In 1919, Father Kubelback procured a beautiful new altar from Italy replacing the simple one the Franciscan priests had donated just a few years earlier.

The altar being the place where the sacrifice of the Mass was offered had in its middle at the back of the mensa a golden Tabernacle where the Blessed Sacrament was reserved. It was lined and curtained on the interior with silk.

In front of the altar, and below the mensa, was a wooden hand carved image of Michelangelo’s Last Supper depicting the reaction given by each apostle when Jesus said one of them would betray him. All twelve apostles have different reactions to the news, with various degrees of anger and shock. Behind the tabernacle were also hand carved images of the Sacred Heart (center) with the Blessed Virgin (left) and St. Joseph (right). (Click on photo to view larger photo).