|Before & After, Nave of Church|
|Before & After, Sanctuary|
So as St. Jerome's began a capital campaign, Henninger's assisted Fr. Eric in utilizing some furniture from closed Churches from Canton to Cleveland to upstate New York in an attempt to re-use liturgical appointments while tying them together into a cogent - and liturgical - plan.
As the planning continued, Fr. Eric was able to find an Altar of Repose from a Church that had closed in upstate New York and Henninger's showed him an Ambo that had previously been in a since-closed Church in Lorain, Ohio. The styles of the two pieces matched very well and the richness of the stained wood of the Ambo was an appealing starting point for the other furniture, even if the Altar of Repose was originally painted an off-white color, which is how it arrived into Henninger's shop.
With the plans for the renovations being finalized by the Church, the architect, and the contractor, Henninger's began work on modifications to the pieces that had been accumulating for St. Jerome's over the previous two years. Their first project was on the Stations of the Cross and, most acutely, the modification of the "replacement" Station of the Cross. After completing the maintenance and repair work on 13 of the 14 Stations, which had been in a Church attic for decades, to get them back to nearly new condition, Henninger's devised a game-plan to fabricate a base for the "replacement" Station that would match the rest of the set. After the base was created, Henninger's cut the "replacement" Station to replicate the exact size of the rest of the set, then painted the Station as the rest of the set appeared to make the "replacement" Station blend seamlessly in with the rest of the set.
|A mold is created to create a new base|
|The new mold next to an existing Station|
|A wood top is added to replicate the base's top|
|Connecting the two components|
|Painting to match|
|Side-by-side of "replacement" and existing|
|Windows being re-built to new size|
|Windows taken apart|
|Completed Bottom Panels|
|Top Arches being completed|
|Windows completed & ready for transport to St. Jerome Church|
|Ambo color to match|
|Base to the Altar of Repose, primed for paint|
|Woodgrained Base to Altar of Repose|
|Gold Accents Added to Base|
|Top of Altar of Repose|
|Completed Top Portion of Altar of Repose|
|Woodgrained Sanctuary Furniture|
|Furniture Ready for Delivery|
With the installation complete, the Church was readied for the dedication with the Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, Most Rev. Daniel Thomas. As parishioners arrived, they could not believe the transformation of their Church, both in the Nave and the Sanctuary. With hard work, creativity, and resourcefulness, Henninger's and St. Jerome's had transformed the Church from a multi-purpose room with glass-block windows and a small Sanctuary to a space that looked more like a Church with a beautiful and functional Sanctuary.
|Fr. Eric Schild speaks at the Dedication Mass|
|Bishop Daniel Thomas at the Dedication Mass|