design by rev. Charles Vermeulen and Bernard Lauwyck
A chapel I am most proud about was a cooperative effort of Rev. Fr. Charles Vermeulen C.Ss.R and myself. The last project we worked on together. It is the chapel in my home village.
The St. Gerard’s Majella chapel in Bellevue Chopin was rededicated by Most Rev. Gabriel Malzaire on Easter Monday of 2006, following a year of renovation work.
The renovated chapel has made a huge impact on the attendance and attracts many visitors .
The spiritual dedication and efforts of Brother Sam C.Ss.R. over the last 10 years has born many fruits, good fruits.
We thank him for that.
The Place of the Word
It is difficult to appreciate the stained glass windows in the sanctuary in the church of Our Lady of Fatima, as the sunlight only lights them up early in the morning. So I wanted to bring attention to these two beautiful windows :
- The Annunciation: Archangel Gabriel visiting Mary with a joyful message and the Holy Spirit depicted as a dove.
- The Nativity : The ox and the donkey around the manger: Jesus and his loving mother Mary. The angel warning St. Joseph to flee to Egypt to escape Herod’s wrath.
These two windows were a donation of religious sisters in the USA and were obtained and installed by Fr. Charles Vermeulen C.Ss.R.
The Annunciation window in Fatima church
The Nativity window in Fatima church
In 1986, Fr. Charles Vermeulen C.Ss.R. and Belgian volunteer Filip Dedoncker establish the SMA workshop in order to produce quality furniture for churches and have a CXC training program for the students at SMA. This CXC program has successfully trained hundreds of SMA students. The teacher for the last 15 years is Mr. Steven Dailey. He is a very committed teacher.
Diocese Construction employed former employees of the workshop and they specialized in local wood products. Their names are Anthony Joseph, Ronald Joseph, Mc William Rolle, Ferdinand Webster.
They are the once who produced several items for the upgrading of the liturgical space in Our Lady of Fatima church in Newtown. The baptismal font was ordered by Fr. Charles Vermeulen C.Ss.R. It was constructed in several rings of local White Cedar.
design by Bernard Lauwyck
The beautiful PRIE-DIEU or kneeler was commissioned by Fr. Clement Vadakkedath C.Ss.R. and constructed in local Red Cedar.
PRIE DIEU designed by Bernard Lauwyck
The 14 Stations of the Cross were produced and installed for the Ordination of Fr. Elton Letang C.Ss.R. in June 2013.