Vestibule: Tour Stage the Last


Under the choir loft and flanking either side of the door, we can appreciate four panels of wood-framed glass that separate the nave and vestibule.

These simple yet formal and elegant panels are basically monochromatic, giving the opportunity to examine the quality of stained glass: the ripples, veining bubbles and flecking—irregularities which add character and beauty to the glass.

Nave: Tour Stage 15


The nave is flanked on either side by an arcade of four arches. The space above the arcades is the triforium; the triforium opens into the nave as a gallery of triple arches (hence the origin of the name).

The clerestory is the expanse of nave wall that extends from the triforium to the ceiling; it is pierced with windows which give light to the church.

Chapel: Tour Stage 14


Few U.S. Catholic parish churches created in the Nineteenth Century have an attached chapel. St. Francis Xavier's Chapel is dedicated to Mary and as a remembrance of those parishioners who served their country as members of the armed forces.It is used for daily celebrations of the Eucharist.

Baptistry: Tour Stage 12


You are now standing before the Blessed Sacrament which, in recent years, has been reserved in the tabernacle of Saint Joseph’s Altar.

Although the founding Pastor was Irish and the community heavily Irish-American at the time of the parish’s founding, there are no Irish Saints nor any symbolism related to Ireland in the decoration of the Church.

Baptism of Clovis: Tour Stage 13


As one enters the Baptistry a mural of the Baptism of Clovis (on December 25, 496 A.D.) is immediately seen. Here, again, a French theme is sounded in the choice of Clovis, first Christian King of the Franks.

This mural was also painted by E. Richard Panzironi, who also executed the appliqués in the chancel. The theme of Baptism in this mural is continued in the stained glass window to your right, depicting the Baptism of Christ by Saint John the Baptist.

Mary: Tour Page 11


The Mary altar is on the far side of the pulpit.

The focus in the deep alcove is an altar of Carrara and Siena marble with the reredos in the style of the main altar but simpler and on a smaller scale. The statue of Mary positioned above this altar shows her as the woman of the Book of Revelation, standing on a starry sphere with a crescent moon and the serpent beneath her feet.

Pulpit: Tour Stage 10


In the front of the chancel area on the left is the pulpit, the enclosed platform from which the Word of God is proclaimed during the Mass. This pulpit has an octagonal plan with two side panels open for access via a curving stair.

The pulpit was sculpted by Martino Basanti to the specifications and design of Mr. Houghton but was not installed until 1908, four years after the dedication of the church.