The Windows of Saint Pascal

The third and current Saint Pascal Church opened for Mass on Christmas Day, 1931. Due to budget constraints imposed by the onset of The Great Depression, the church lacked many of the design elements visible today. In a 1932 photograph, clear glass panes can be seen in the church windows. The two immense rose windows in the transept were not created until 1937. The stained glass clerestory windows, depicting female saints on the east side of the nave, and Christ the King and male saints on the west side, also were created later, as funds became available. In 1938, founding Saint Pascal Parish pastor Father George P. Heimsath approved the installation of the first four stained glass clerestory windows, of Saint Pascal, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Clare, and Saint Margaret Mary. Subsequent windows artfully portrayed Christ the King and saints who shared a special relationship with the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin.

 


SAINT CLARE
Feast Day - August 11

Born in Assisi, Italy in 1194. Died in 1253. Chiara Offreduccio was one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi and founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic order for women in the Franciscan tradition. Following her death, the order was renamed in her honor as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly known as the Poor Clares. It is said Saint Clare warded off the soldiers of Frederick II at the gates of her convent in Assisi by displaying the Blessed Sacrament in a window and kneeling in prayer, asking our Lord’s protection. The convent went unharmed. She is the patron saint of sore eyes, and in 1958, Pope Pius XII designated her as the patron saint of television.

SAINT MARGARET MARY ALACOQUE
Feast Day - October 17

Born in the Duchy of Burgundy, France in 1647. Died in 1690. From the time of her first Holy Communion, Marguerite-Marie Alacoque devoted herself to the Eucharist. In her early teenage years, she was bed-ridden with rheumatic fever. Healed by a vision of the Blessed Virgin, she resolved to give her life to God, becoming a nun of the Visitation Order. Later, she experienced visions in which Christ informed her that she was His chosen instrument to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart. She is the patron saint of polio victims and of devotees of the Sacred Heart.

SAINT ROSE OF LIMA

Feast day - August 30

Born in Lima, Peru in 1586. Died in 1617. As a girl, Isabel Flores y de Oliva was known for her disciplined manner and religious devotion, spending countless hours contemplating the Blessed Sacrament. Unable to become a nun because of her parents’ objections, she dedicated herself to acts of charity and the care of the sick. Eventually, she entered the Third Order of Saint Dominic. Saint Rose of Lima is the first saint of the Americas and is the patron saint of Latin America and the Philippines.

BLESSED IMELDA

Feast Day - December 20

Born in Bologna, Italy in 1322. Died in 1333. Although the word, Saint, is spelled in yellow glass on her window, Imelda Lambertini is not a saint. She was beatified by Pope Leo XII in 1826, but has yet to be canonized. Motivated by a devotion to the Eucharist, she joined a cloistered Dominican community at the age of nine, which was unusual for a girl her age. Her devotion to the Blessed Sacrament resulted in her becoming the patron of First Communicants—she reportedly died in ecstasy immediately after receiving her first Communion at the age of eleven.

SAINT PASCAL - PARISH PATRON
Feast Day – May 17

Born in the Kingdom of Aragon, Spain in 1540. Died in 1592. Paschal Baylon was a humble Franciscan friar, known for his prayerful holiness and his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He spent his youth as a shepherd. According to an account of his early life, one day as the young Paschal was tending sheep in the fields, he heard the bells of the village church, turned to face the church, which he could spy in the distance, and knelt in prayer. Finishing his prayers, he beheld a vision of the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance, surrounded by a brilliant light. He is the patron saint of all Eucharistic confraternities and congresses.

SAINT THOMAS ACQUINAS

Feast Day – January 28

Born in Roccasecca, Italy in 1226. Died 1274. Thomas Acquinas was a Dominican friar and priest, a prolific author, a Doctor of the Church, and is considered the Catholic Church's greatest theologian and philosopher. Furthermore, he is distinguished for his Eucharistic hymns, which form a part of the Church's liturgy. He is the patron saint of Catholic schools.

CHRIST THE KING
Feast Day – Last Sunday of the Liturgical Year

The Feast Day of Christ the King is the last Sunday of the liturgical year—in other words, the last Sunday before Advent. The Feast was established in 1925 by Pope Pius XI. During a period of secularism and nationalism that had given rise to the carnage of World War I, Pope Pius hoped to remind us that we owe our allegiance not to nations, but to Christ, who is king of all.

SAINT BERNARD
Feast Day - August 20

Born near Dijon, France in 1090. Died in 1153. Bernard of Clairvaux was an abbot and the primary builder of the Cistercian Order, establishing 163 monasteries. Known for his devotion to the Virgin Mary, and for his preaching, writings and teaching, he is the patron saint of mountaineers and the Alps, and is a Doctor of the Church. In most Christian art, Saint Bernard is depicted with a demon fettered to his feet, or to a rock beside him, which alludes to his success subduing heresy.

SAINT THARSICIUS
Feast Day – August 15

Little is known of Tharsicius (or Tarcisius) other than he lived in the Third century in Italy, in the vicinity of Rome, and was an early Christian martyr. During a period of fierce persecution of Christians by the Romans, the youthful Tharsicius volunteered to take the Eucharist to condemned Christians in prison. On the way, he was attacked by a pagan mob and died defending the Blessed Sacrament. When searched after the attack, the Host had disappeared. He is the patron saint of altar servers.

ROSE WINDOWS

The identical, exquisitely detailed rose windows of the church transept were created by the studios of the T.C. Esser Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1937. On the exterior, partially covering each window, is a terra cotta cross with a mother pelican pricking her breast to feed her young in the cross’s center and a pair of stylized angels, directly beneath each cross’s horizontal line. From inside the church, one sees the shadows of the angels cast upon each window.