Chapel Building update

Notice given to the Parishioners of

Our Lady of the Alleghenies

in Lilly, PA

Printed in the January 15, 2023 Bulletin

In the January 2023 Parish Newsletter, we printed the minutes of the December 8, 2022 Joint Meeting of the Finance and Parish Councils.  After months of deliberation over financial issues and repairs needed at the Chapel building and discussions concerning what is the best course of action for the future of our parish, the Councils made a motion and voted in favor of closing the Chapel building from all use in the parish.  Once closed, the Councils recommended selling the building, or if it does not sell by Labor Day (September 4, 2023) then to demolish the building.  This was presented to Bishop Mark Bartchak who in turn found the general proposal acceptable.

Upon receiving the Bishop’s response we were advised to devise a plan for the timely removal of all sacred items from the Chapel.  Listed below is the intention of what we plan to do with the sacred items being removed from the Chapel building.

  1. Items to be kept by the Parish:
    • Wicker Collection Baskets – switch with the baskets at the Church which are showing wear and tear
    • Adoring Angels Set – goes with the Nativity collection
    • Processional Crucifix – to be switched with the one at the Church because it is more ornate
    • Nativity Set – to be switched with the set at the Church because it is larger in size than the Church’s
  1. Items to be kept by the Parish and to be temporarily stored pending implementation:
    • 12’ Wooden Crucifix – desire to implement behind the main altar in the Church in place of the mosaic of St. Brigid
    • Good Friday Cross – desire to implement as seasonal decoration
    • Our Lady of Fatima Statue – desire to implement in the Church
    • Wood St. Joseph Statue – desire to implement in the Church
    • Wood St. Therese Statue – desire to implement in the Church
    • Wood Madonna & Child Statue – desire to implement in the Church
    • Convent Ambo – looking at implementing as a base for a Statue
    • Convent Stations of the Cross – desire to explore further use
  1. Items to be let go by the Parish and put into consignment for sale:
    • 18 Piece Nativity Set (Church)
    • 5’ St. Anthony Statue, full color
    • 2 Kneelers
    • 7’ Outdoor Madonna & Child
    • Three light Altar Candelabras (2)
    • Infant of Prague Statue w/ Stand & Dresses
    • Assorted Globes
    • Altar Rail & Communion Rope
    • Marble Altar of Sacrifice & Marble Altar of Repose
    • Wall Crucifix, small (3)
    • Sacristy Cabinet
    • Carilons System
    • Green Marble Holy Water Font (4)
    • 40” Sacred Heart Statue
    • Hymn Board
    • Altar Bells (floor set)
    • Sanctuary Lamp
    • Large Baby Jesus
    • Outdoor Cement Nativity Set
    • Tall Altar Candlesticks (16)
    • Holy Water Dispenser
    • Paschal candle Stand
    • Wood Stations of the Cross Wall Set
    • Tabernacle
    • Small Altar Candlesticks (10)
    • Presider’s Chair
    • Side Chair (2)
    • Holy Water Bucket & Sprinkler
    • Thabor
    • Censor & Boat
    • Censor Stand
    • Monstrance “No Luna”
    • Chalice
    • Host Box
    • Ciborium w/ lid
    • Glass Wind Protector
    • Convent Tabernacle
    • Convent altar of Repose
    • Convent Blessed Mother Statue & St. Joseph Statue
    • Convent Altar of Sacrifice
    • Convent Statue of Jesus
  1. Due to the 6’ marble statue of the Madonna & Child supposedly belonging to the Cemetery, it will be stored until it is moved to the Cemetery for installation.
  2. The previous seller of the organ, Music Emporium, will be contacted to determine if they wish to purchase the Chapel’s 1978 Organ back from the Parish.

A FORMAL LETTER OF PETITION WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE BISHOP REQUESTING THAT THE CHAPEL BUILDING BE “RELAGATED TO PROFANE BUT NOT SORDID USE”, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY DE-CONSECRATION.  ONCE THE BISHOP DOES THIS THEN THE CHAPEL WILL CEASE ALL USAGE AND THESE ITEMS WILL BEGIN TO BE REMOVED FROM THE CHAPEL.