Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Communion of Saints Ambo

New Ambo

Communion of Saints Parish in Cleveland Heights, Ohio recently commissioned Henninger's to supply a new marble ambo.  The goal of the design was to match the existing Altar of Sacrifice.  This Altar was originally at St. Mary Seminary on Ansel Road.  When the Seminary moved to the Center for Pastoral leadership in Wickliffe in 1991, the pastor of St. Ann Church in Cleveland Heights, Rev. Thomas Mahoney, acquired its Altar:

Existing Altar of Sacrifice
While this Altar is certainly beautiful and massive, the Ambo never matched its style:

Mismatched styles of Ambo and Altar of Sacrifice
Design for matching Ambo, Photoshopped into sanctuary
New Ambo design

After its merger with neighboring churches in 2009, a new parish was created at St. Ann's, named Communion of Saints Parish.  The new pastor, Rev. John McNulty asked Henninger's to investigate a new ambo.  After a few designs and consulting with Associate Pastor, Rev. Matthew Byrne, a design was made to mimic the shape, style, and species of marble that already existed in the Altar of Sacrifice.  After approval of the design, the job was sent to Carrara, Italy for fabrication.  The fabricators sent shop drawings which were revised, then approved.

Shop Drawings from Italy

One of the final details was choosing the bible verse that was to be engraved on the gold mosaic medallion.  Rev. Matthew Byrne selected "Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing".

Engraved scroll on mosaic medallion
The Ambo was then shipped in multiple pieces to Henninger's and assembled in their shop.  On Thursday, April 6 (two days before Palm Sunday), Henninger's crew delivered and installed the Ambo in one piece to Communion of Saints.  Most people had one of two reactions:
  1. You matched the Altar perfectly
  2. You must have found the old Ambo from St. Mary Seminary

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Baptismal Font Design Ideas

We're always drawing!  We approach each custom project by putting the church's needs first.  Our designs are inspired by existing architecture and furniture in the church.  We constantly revise our drawings until they are the right fit for the church.  Please use the following pictures to brainstorm ideas for a new baptismal font at your church.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ambo Design Ideas

The following pictures show Ambos that Henninger's has designed recently.  We've built a database of Ambos that we like to show churches that are considering a new ambo.  Looking and shapes, and materials helps determine what the church likes and doesn't like.  Please use this blog post to brainstorm ideas for your Ambo.



Monday, July 18, 2016

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland

Henninger's is very proud of our recent renovation of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland, Ohio. Our crew began work on the day after Christmas and finished before Holy Week. An incredible amount of work was done during that span, working nights and weekends to accommodate the Cathedral's busy mass schedule. The following before and after pictures display the amazing transformation of the worship space.

Pew and wainscoting refinishing
Refinishing of antique sanctuary lamp and woodworking   

New porcelain tile under pews, new kneelers

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Our Lady of Grace Church - Lancaster, SC

A few years ago, Henninger's installed two marble altars, a marble ambo, and marble baptismal font at St. Philip Neri Church in Fort Mill, SC.  Those pieces of furniture were created from new and used marble from Henninger's warehouse.  Under the guidance of pastor, Rev. John Guiliani, St. Philip Neri sponsors a Mission Church: Our Lady of Grace.  Located in Indian Land, SC, (about 15 miles southeast of St. Philip Neri, Our Lady of Grace was established as a Catholic Community and Mission Church in 2008.

Our Lady of Grace's first mass in February, 2008 had an attendance of about 250.  It didn't take long for the church to outgrow its first worship space.  In the last 8 years, the congregation has grown to 360 families with weekend masses drawing more than 400.

Since Fr. Guiliani worked with Henninger's at St. Philip Neri, it was an easy decision to use our team for Our Lady of Grace.  Old marble was selected from our warehouse, along with metalware, and Stations of the Cross.

Designs were drawn up and plans were made.

Statues were selected from our catalog:

Our crew traveled to South Carolina for the installation after July 4th, 2016.  The install took about one week.


Our Lady of Grace's new church will seat approximately 650 people, have nine multi-purpose rooms, a kitchen, offices for staff and a large multi-purpose room for parish events. Its dedication is scheduled for August 15 on the Feast of the Solemnity of Mary.