The chapel at Mercy Spirituality Centre has a new altar and lectern carved by Ross Courtenay. He is a renowned, skilled carver who has made furniture for a number of churches and chapels in New Zealand, including the refurbished Hamilton Cathedral.
In celebration of the arrival of the new altar and lectern, Mercy Spirituality Centre held a service of blessing, followed by the Eucharist. Fr Patrick Ward from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish, and his assistant Fr Edmund Budzilowicz SChr officiated.
When the demolitions began for the new branch of the SH20 motorway through Auckland Central, St Joseph’s Convent in Owairaka was on the list. Ross managed to retrieve some of the rimu from the convent and set about plans, with Sr Rita Vessey, to make an altar and lectern for the Centre. From a fairly rudimentary design, the plans developed into the intricate end product we see in our chapel today. The main theme is the Mercy Spirituality Centre logo and the colours of the rimu and the curvaceous lines give the chapel a warm welcoming feel.
Mercy Spirituality Centre is a strong advocate of sustainability, therefore using recycled timber is important as it not only saves the cutting down of trees, but the timber also comes with a history of people and places to be remembered. Now this rimu will take on a new layer of meaning and developed history in our small chapel as we pray, meditate and celebrate the Eucharist.
Bishop Patrick Dunn
Blessing of Altar and Lectern at Mercy Spirituality Centre
Altar in Chapel
Stained glass window
Stations of the Cross