The Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation is launching a new fund-raising initiative to pay for additional artistic and aesthetic features in the Cathedral, beginning with the stained glass artwork which circles the worship space.
This summer, the bishop met with the clergy and lay leadership of our diocese and there was considerable support for completion and installation of all the stained glass windows. Many parishes have already committed to the windows and the section entitled “Glory” -- which features an image of the tree of life -- will be where all parish contributions are directed.
A fund has been established that will permit people to donate in the name of a family or to honour individuals as a gift or as a memorial. All donations to the new fund both now and in the future will also be recognized in a digital display that will eventually be set up in the welcoming area of the new building.
There will be various opportunities to have families and individuals recognized through various forms. Complete listings can be found at www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/cathedral as well as in the enclosed brochure.
Saskatoon Bishop Donald Bolen is writing a commemorative book about the windows -- their themes, inspiration and meaning – in collaboration with artist Sarah Hall. Those who have chosen to give through one of the special commemorative opportunities for the installation of the windows before the book’s deadline date of March 15 will have their names listed in this special publication. For details, see the enclosed brochure or visit www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/cathedral or call Chelsey Hagerty at 659-5851.
A striking feature of the new diocesan Cathedral of the Holy Family is the interior stained glass windows that circle the worship space.
In imagery and colour, the windows explore five themes spanning our redemption story: “Creation”, “Covenant”, “Incarnation”, “Resurrection” and “Glory”.
The themes begin with “Creation” as recorded in the Book of Genesis, followed by “Covenant” with its imagery of the rainbow, the burning bush, and the parting of the Red Sea. The “Incarnation” window explores the theme of God coming to dwell among us, framed in the "here and now" of this time and place.
The fourth “Resurrection” window above the altar features imagery of light and revelation, as well as words in Aramaic, the language of Jesus, from the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer, as well as the Creed.
The fifth window is entitled “Glory” and depicts a tree of life bursting with motion and colour, showing a world of light and beauty transformed as in a beatific, eternal vision.
In their stunning beauty, the windows are a witness to the world, and are a way of evangelizing to our culture in a gentle and profound way, says Bishop Don Bolen.
“Their beauty is going to attract people in our community – even people who are not Catholic, or even Christian,” says Bolen. “Just as the solar panel windows have attracted an extraordinary amount of interest, these interior windows too – which are an entry point to say something about our faith – will also capture people's attention and draw them into discussion.”
The bishop added that he was delighted to be able to join with some family members in contributing a pane of glass from the Creation window as a way to honour the memory of his own parents Joseph and Rose Bolen.
“Our parents were the greatest influence on our lives. The church was immensely important to them, built into the fabric of our family life. Furthermore, Sarah Hall’s windows resound with the beauty of the created world, and specifically with the beauty of our prairie skies; this was the world, the land and sky that my parents loved, and that we love. It is wonderful for us to be able to associate the love and faithfulness of our parents with the magnificent beauty of these windows.”