Cardinal Timothy Dolan led the 6 p.m. Nov. 24 Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Monroe, which was also a celebration of the relocation of the church’s tabernacle to the center of the church altar.
The work to accomplish this was the Eagle Scout project of Sean Mende, a member of New Jersey-based Troop 213. Mende is a junior at Monroe-Woodbury High School.
According to catholic.com, the tabernacle is a liturgical furnishing used to house the Eucharist outside of Mass. A tabernacle in church is so named because it is a place where Christ dwells in the Eucharist.
Additionally, holyart.com added: “this makes the tabernacle the heart and the cornerstone of each church; it is the reference of those who come to pray and worship the body of Christ even outside of celebrations.”
Mende was honored for his leadership work in this effort at the conclusion of the mass by Dolan and the Rev. David Rider, the church’s pastor.
- Nancy Kriz