Tag: Chapel

Do You Have A Home Chapel? 

Do You Have A Home Chapel? 

An Example Of A Home Chapel

Is it permitted for members of the faithful to set up a chapel in their private homes?

YES. And I would like to encourage this practice, for those who can.

Of course, such chapels would NOT have the Most Blessed Sacrament in them.

I have been blessed to know several families that were able to set up beautiful chapels in their homes. For those who have the resources and the space, I heartily encourage this traditional practice. While the whole home should be a place where God is honored and loved, yet it can greatly help to have a special place set aside for this purpose. Many people accomplish this by having “prayer corners”, “prayer chairs”, “home altars”, and so forth. These are all good and holy things as well. But if you can set up a chapel? Even better.

Here is an example of one such home chapel:

Note the altar, the worthy crucifix, the candles, the kneeler (prie-dieu), and the relics. Of course, the sky’s the limit. Here is what one wealthy family in Rome built for their palazzoin the 1600s:

The sky truly is the limit for this sort of thing. And whatever is done, should be done for the glory of God and the edification of all who will visit the special place.

Now, there are some who will also scoff at this post: these people perhaps take an EITHER/OR approach to the Church and in matters like this presume that adorning a chapel (or even setting one up to begin with) basically involves depriving the poor. The money should be spent on the poor instead! I would encourage such people to read what St. John Chrysostom says on this matter. We can take a BOTH/AND approach! I have also written about St. Francis of Assisi’s approach to the furnishing of churches.

Finally, in our next post, we will share Father Jerabek’s address on the issue of serving God and the poor, not in competition with each other but in complementarity.

This article was originally published on Father Jerabek’s blog

Haunting Pics: Catholic School And Chapel Completely Destroyed By Fire, As Firemen Battle To Save Tabernacle 

Haunting Pics: Catholic School And Chapel Completely Destroyed By Fire, As Firemen Battle To Save Tabernacle 

Lord, have mercy.

A few days ago, a four-alarm blaze engulfed the chapel at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, an all-girls high school run by the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco. The fire alarm went off at 1:29am on May 18th, and though firefirghters came from four nearby municipalities, the fire wasn’t extinguished until around 4am.

“Though our hearts are heavy,” the official statement from the Salesian Sisters reads, “we are fortunate to be able to report that no one was harmed and that firemen were able to rescue the most precious item in the chapel: the tabernacle.”

Wow, praise the Lord!
It’s not clear based on public information what started the fire.

A salesian sister that goes by “Sister B” on Twitter and “sisterb24” on Instagram posted about the fire with some incredible pictures, along with information about how you can help them recover.

In the last tweet, the sister said that the Bible was found open to the book of Job. Job is a book in the Old Testament that contemplates why God sometimes allows bad things to happen to those who love him.

This was posted on Instagram by sisterb24

Here’s what she posted on Twitter:

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