This past week we began renovation in the old Covent Chapel. If you have never been in the chapel before, the walls were covered with heavy brocaded, flocked, velvet, avocado-green wallpaper. (Have you even heard of so many adjectives to describe wallpaper!) When we started to take it down, we discovered a note in pencil on the wall by the installers that it was hung in 1976 and no doubt, at that time, it was all the rage! But as we pulled down the dark wallpaper, lo and behold, we found the most beautiful pastel blues and greens painted on the walls. And when we took it down around the tabernacle, there behind the wallpaper was a lovely stenciled decorative arch. As we renovate, we will try to incorporate that arch into the new design and also go with a much lighter color scheme. What I am also thinking of doing is using the original altar, baptismal font and bell from the old Saint Lucy Mission in Waltonville. By providence, these items have been
returned to us over the years! What a wonderful way for us to get ready for our 100th anniversary in 2020 by reverencing the past as we look toward the future.
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St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
359 West Areba Ave.
Hershey, PA 17033
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