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.
On the left side of the altar there is a stained glass window depicting the Immaculate Heart of Mary and on the right a stained glass window of St. Joseph with the Child Jesus. These windows differ from those in the main church being more opaque and richer in color due to painting of the glass rather than creating hue through firing.
The four side windows are grisaille stained glass windows that are usually grey or silver in tone. In Christian symbolism, the evergreen ivy represents fidelity and eternal life; grape leaves refer to the Christian laboring in the vineyard of the Lord.
Please note the window on the left closest to the altar. It is dedicated to Mississippi Snyder whose father, an ardent Southerner, married a Northern woman and settled on Prospect Park West. Her father converted to Catholicism and Mississippi and her sister, Carolina, followed him into the church.
Chapel pews are examples of the originally designed pews once in the main church.