Properties on Tour
114 HIGH ST. St. Joseph Church
St. Joseph Church was designed by Thomas F. Houghton, one of the leading Catholic architects of the 19th century. It is a neo- Romanesque building with an asymmetrical bell tower, which houses 11 bells crafted in England (the largest weighs 2200 pounds). The frontal gable is accentuated by four identical doorways opening to the vestibule. The combination of brick and of both granite lend a steadfast and permanent quality.
The cruciform building’s interior has an elliptical sanctuary projecting from the back wall. The upper part of the sanctuary has five long stained glass windows. Each window has five portions. The center three portions depict events in the life of St. Joseph. The lowest frame has a scene from the Jewish Scriptures. Each refers to an Old Testament event which is seen as related somewhat to the New Testament image above it. The other 14 stained glass windows along the side walls are scenes from the life of Christ. They make for easy catechetical instruction.
The massive hand-carved statues above the main altar were crafted in Oberammergau, Germany and represent Christ, Sts. Peter and Paul, and four angels.
The four main columns that sustain the vault in the center of the cruciform design have gold leaf symbols of the evangelists: the lion for Mark, the bull for Luke, the eagle for John, and the head of a man for Matthew.
To commemorate the church’s 125th anniversary, professional photographer, Jessica Echavarria, has been invited to photograph the interior of the Church. Her innumerable pictures include the statues, windows and organ pipes, as well as snapshots of architecture one never sees from the ground floor. Some of these are included in the church’s 2008 custom-designed calendar.
We welcome each of you and thank you for coming. May your New Year be a happy one. May the Lord bless you and your loved ones.
Frs. McLaughlin and Diem 13
Tree & Display Donors (Cont.)
Meadow Glen Mall
Medford Family Network
Medford Muscular Therapy
Stephanie Muccini Burke—City Council
Mystic Valley Orthodontics, P.C., Vincent DeAngelis, D.M.D., Joy Kasparian-Federico, D.M.D.
Elinor O’Brien and Enice Matera
T3 Teaching Today
St. Francis’ Parish
St. Joseph’s Mother’s Club
St. Joseph’s Brownie Troop
St. Joseph’s Girl Scouts
St. Joseph’s Youth Group
St. Raphael’s Cub Scout Den
St. Raphael’s Parish
The Santa Maria Lodge of Medford
Tufts University—Office of Community Relations
The White Family
The White House