History & Illustrated Description of the

St. George Stained-Glass Windows

 

 

St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church in Kankakee was the original parish that housed these beautiful stained-glass windows which now grace the walls of St. George Church.  These two parishes shared a common builder in the 1800’s.  Upon the closing of St. Mary’s Church in the mid 1990’s, St. George contracted to have the windows removed and stored at Botti Studios in Evanston, Illinois.

 

The initial plan was to install the windows in a newly constructed church.  In 2005, the determination of providing much needed maintenance and improvements took precedence over the construction plans for a new church.  The stored St. Mary’s gothic windows could now be installed with some adaptation into the present window openings. In 2008, sponsorship of having the windows to be installed in our newly remodeled church was presented to the membership.  All windows were funded by the parishioners cited individually in the following pages.

 

In the Fall of 2012 a New Window Committee was formed to fill the last remaining window space in the upper North wall of the Church. When the windows from St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church in Kankakee were installed in 2009, we only had windows to fill eleven of the twelve spaces. It was decided that the logical choice would be our patron St. George slaying the dragon. The design is reminiscent of the portrait of St. George that adorned the high altar before the church burned in 1959. The top of the window includes a sheaf of wheat and a fleur de lis which represent our agricultural and French Canadian heritage.

 

Description of each window and identification of the donor(s) are presented in this brochure beginning from the east wall to the west wall in counter-clockwise placement.

 

The Annunciation

The angel Gabriel appears to Mary at the Annunciation.  His words “Hail, full of grace” (Lk 1:28) are depicted by the dove, a symbol of the Holy Spirit. The angel tells Mary, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus” (Lk 1:31).

 

SPONSORED BY:  Henry & Millie Blanchette & Family

 

The Visitation

Mary journeys to visit her cousin Elizabeth after the Annunciation. Elizabeth falls to her knees with the exclamation, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Lk 1:42).

SPONSORED BY: Jim & Donna Raymond & Family

 

The Nativity

The birth of Christ was in Bethlehem, “and Joseph went up…to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child….and she gave birth to her firstborn son (Lk 2:3) St. Joseph, Mary and the Baby Jesus are the Holy Family.

 

SPONSORED BY: Bissonette Family

 

The Presentation at the Temple

Mary and St. Joseph presented the Baby Jesus in the temple as was the law.  St. Simeon took the child and “blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel..’” (Lk 2:34).

 

SPONSORED BY: David, Susan, Brendan, & Christopher Surprenant

 

St. Henry & St. Eustace

St. Henry was crowned king of Germany by Pope Benedict VIII.  On expedition against the Greeks he was taken ill and miraculously cured by St. Benedict.  He is patron saint of Benedictine oblates; his feast day is July 15.

St. Eustace was a second-century Roman general who had converted to Christianity.  He was martyred under Hadrian when he refused to give thanks to the Roman gods for victory on the battlefield.  He is patron saint of hunters; his feast day is September 20.

SPONSORED BY:  John & Rita Mroz & Family

 

Blessed Virgin Mary, Baby Jesus, & St. John the Baptist

Mary and the Baby Jesus were often in the company of St. John the Baptist at an early age.  The cousins, Mary and Elizabeth, were often together as the two boys were growing up in their early years.

 

SPONSORED BY:  Pat Kohl, Robert & Donna Kohl, Floyd & Roni Kohl

 

St. George

Feast Day: April 23   Name Meaning: “The Farmer”

Patron Saint of: Boy scouts, field workers, lepers, skin diseases, soldiers, shepherds, syphilis, agricultural works, farmers

 

The devotion to this holy martyr dates back to at least the fifth century and, it can be proved that the oldest of the churches dedicated to his honor were built by Constantine the Great, which would be a much earlier date.

Very little is known of his life. It is supposed that he suffered martyrdom in the persecution under Diocletian at Nicomedia in the beginning of the fourth century. Legend has it that he was one of Diocletian’s favorite soldiers. Diocletian was a pagan and a bitter enemy of the Christians. He put to death every Christian he could find. George was a brave Christian, and a real soldier of Christ. Without fear, he went to Diocletian and sternly scolded him for being so cruel. Then he resigned his position in the Roman Army. There are some who suppose that it was St. George who tore down the edicts of persecution when they were first published at Nicomedia. For this he was tortured and finally beheaded.

 

Among the Greeks he is called the Great Martyr and his feast day is kept as a holy day of obligation. The intercession of the saint was implored especially in battles, as he was said to be a soldier. Under the first Norman kings, he was chosen as patron saint of England and Edward III instituted an order of knighthood in his honor.

He is generally represented as engaged in combat with a dragon, which has long been considered a symbol of evil since the devil is referred to as a dragon in the book of the Apocalypse. The story is called the Golden Legend where a dragon who lived in a lake in Lybia, defeated whole armies. The monster ate two sheep each day and when there were no more, young women were then substituted. St. George heard the story on the day when a young princess was to be eaten. He crossed himself, rode into battle on his horse against the serpent and killed it with a single blow of his spear. He then preached a great sermon and converted all the local people. The reward he was given by the King was given to the poor and he rode away.

 

Many songs and poems were written about St. George, giving many courage. We all have some “dragon” to conquer. It might be pride, anger, laziness, greed or something else. Let us make sure we fight against these “dragons” with God’s help, so that we may call ourselves real soldiers of Christ, like our patron St. George.

 

SPONSORED BY:   Rene Pommier in memory of his parent’s Lionel and Regina Pommier and many other generous donors.

 

St. Patrick & St. Catherine of Alexandria

St. Patrick and his followers spread Christianity throughout Ireland.  He is noted for the use of the shamrock in explaining the Trinity.  Legend has it that he helped expel all snakes from Ireland.  He is patron saint of Ireland; his feast day is March 17.

 

St. Catherine of Alexandria at the age of 18 opposed the Emperor in his belief in idol worship.  She even converted the Emperor’s wife to Christianity.  The Emperor condemned her to torture on a spiked wheel and then to death by beheading.  She is patron saint of nurses, the dying and spinners; her feast day is November 25.

 

SPONSORED BY:  Jim, Tom, Dan, & Rick Regnier

 

St. Andrew & St. Catherine of Alexandria

St. Andrew along with his brother followed Jesus as one of his first apostles.  He was a fisherman by trade.  An X-shaped cross was the way he was martyred for his faith and preachings.  He is patron saint of fishermen and sailors; his feast day is November 30.

 

St. Catherine of Alexandria at the age of 18 opposed the Emperor in his belief in idol worship.  She even converted the Emperor’s wife to Christianity.  The Emperor condemned her to torture on a spiked wheel and then to death by beheading.  She is patron saint of nurses, the dying and spinners; her feast day is November 25.

 

SPONSORED BY:  Zeph & Joan Benoit

 

St. Paul & St. Joseph

St. Paul was a convert to Christianity.  He was noted for traveling through Cyprus, Asia Minor, Macedonia and Greece to preach the gospels.  He was martyred by Nero by beheading.  He is patron saint of snakebites; his feast day is June 29.

 

St. Joseph, the husband of Mary, acted as a father to Jesus.  He protected his family in escaping with them to Egypt when threatened by Herrod.  The title Guardian of the Universal Church was bestowed on him.  He is patron saint of a happy death; his feast day is March 19.

 

SPONSORED BY:  Jim & Carol Betourney

 

The Guardian Angel

The word angel is transcribed from the Greek angelos meaning “messenger”. These heavenly beings are common figures throughout the Bible. The child is being cautioned of the sharp cliff by the kneeling angel.  Jesus says “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father.” (Mt 18:10).

 

SPONSORED BY:  Robert Kremer Family & Mark Walsh Family

 

The Agony in the Garden

After the Last Supper, Jesus traveled to the Mount of Olives with his disciples.  He prayed here regarding his approaching fate.  While he was praying,“and to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him.  He was in such agony…” (Lk 22:43)

 

SPONSORED BY: Cecile Bourguignon