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The kindergarten class in our old school. The crowded conditions hown in this photo contrast dramatically with our modern new facilities, which are portrayed in full color elsewhere in this book.
Older parishioners have many fond recollections of the dedicated Dominican Sisters who served our parish before the coming of the Filippini Sisters. Here one of the Dominican Sisters' supervises her
young pupils at play.
The Chapel of St. Francis Xavier was a frame structure with a foundation of stone. Its dimensions were modest ones - the chapel measured 73 feet in length, 36 feet in width, and 45 feet in height. Surprisingly, it could accomodate 400 persons. The windows had glass of greenish hue, bordered by colors of varied and brilliant tinting.
The stained glass window over the main altar bore the image of an angel holding a scroll with the names "Jesus and Maria." Mr. David B. Mulcahy donated a statue of the Risen Savior to the new chapel, and it was placed beneath this window. The statue of two angels flanked this image of Our L~rd. At the base of the altar itself there was another statue of Jesus depicted in death.
It measured five feet-eight inches in length. Two more statues were on either side - one was of Our Lady the Virgin Queen of Heaven, and the other was of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. To have three images of Our Lord seems superfluous to us in this day of liturgical reform, but to our simple and pious early parishioners it but reminded them of the greatest truths of our Holy Faith.
The tiny edifice was heated in the beginning by a potbelly
stove at the back of the chapel. A stove pipe extending toward the altar gave some warmth to the rest of the building. The pews were divided into three sections; the main section was found in the center of the chapel, and the two lesser sections were against the walls of the building. The chapel also had a small baptistry which could be seen as one entered the main door. A small choir loft was set above the simple main entrance.
A humorous note records that when the tiny chapel bell was rung too vehemently it would turn over, and Mr. Moore, the sacristan, would have to climb to the belfry and unravel the rope.
Description of the First Chapel