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ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CHAPEL

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
THE GOOD SHEPHERD

 

 

This was the ninth and final window installed in our Chapel. Donated by the Genalo Family with devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd and in memory of their parents - Robert & Dorothy Genalo.

 

The center image of the Good Shepherd

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In numerous Gospels, Jesus refers to Himself as the Good Shepherd who lovingly watches over and cares for His sheep. The gatekeeper who will give us His life out of love for us. The Shepherd who leaves the 99 to search for the 1 strayed sheep and carry the sheep back home with Him.

We have Christ as our shepherd - He tells us so Himself. With Christ as our Shepherd - the Good Shepherd - who is deeply interested in the welfare of every member of His flock we have no fear.

The beautiful imagery of the Good Shepherd is depicted in Psalm 23 - The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want, fresh and green are the pastures where He gives me repose. Through restful waters He leads me. He refreshes my soul. He leads me along the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are at my side, with Your rod and Your staff that give me courage. You set a table before me in the sight of my foes, You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Only goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

This beautiful prayer in honor of Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd was prayed together by the Genalo family just prior to Robert Genalo passing away.


One of the oldest paintings of Christ, in the Roman catacombs, represents Christ as carrying the injured, straying sheep gently on His shoulders back to the sheepfold.

 

 

ST PETER'S BASILICA in Rome. St. Peter's Basilica was originally built on Vatican Hill by the order of the Emperor Constantine and completed prior to his death in 337 AD.

Vatican Hill was outside the Roman City walls, which left it subject to enemy assaults. The earlier Popes preferred to live in the safety of the Lateran Palace inside the city walls. In early days the area was infested with mosquitoes and very few people lived on it. The Emperor's family made attempts to improve the soil, draining it, and creating channels to remove the water and constructed gardens. The Emperor Caligula built a circus on the hill and the Emperor Nero had a famous garden on Vatican Hill.

Caligula's circus was Nero's favorite circus. After the Fire of Rome in 67 AD spectacles of feeding Christians to the wild animals etc occurred in this circus. It is believed that St. Peter met his death by crucifixion in this circus. Constantine chose the presumed site of St. Peter's martyrdom to build the Basilica of St. Peter. Unfortunately, no image of the original Basilica exist. Though his mosaic still remains over the triumphal arch... Constantine inscribed with gratitude "Quod duce te mundus surrexit in astra triumphans Hanc Constantius victor tibi condidit aulam." "Because under your leadership the triumphant universe has reached to the furthest stars victorious Constantine dedicates this church to you."

Over the centuries St. Peter's has experienced many high points and many low points. From the beauty of Michelangelo's creations to the many barbarian sacks of Rome - Pope Gregory IX (1227 - 1241) issued a threat of excommunication against anyone caught using St. Peter's Basilica as a quarry. But it's timeless beauty continues today.

Paragraph upon paragraphs could be written regarding the history and beauty of St. Peter's basilica but for our purposes it is the center of the Catholic Church, dedicated to the 1st Pope, built over the tombs of the first Catholic martyrs. A place of great beauty, holiness and prayer.


 

All of the new Stained Glass window have emblems of New York City, starting with the image of the Chrysler Building at the top. The Chrysler Building is one of the best know and classic example of Art Deco skyscrapers in New York City. It was the world's tallest building for 11 months until that title was claimed by the Empire State Building in 1931.

 

All of the new Stained Glass window have emblems of New York City, slightly below the image of the Chrysler Building, we find the Empire State Building behind a church spire on both the left and right sides of the window. The Empire State Building is one of the best know buildings in New York City. An Art Deco skyscraper, it stood as the world's tallest building for over forty years. It has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It is especially known for it's lights and King Kong.

 

 

Images in loving memory of Dorothy Genalo ......

 

 

a beloved Wife, Mom & Grandmother, who welcomed all into her home. Robert Genalo adored her and grieved for her after her death at a young age.

 

 

Images in loving memory of Robert Genalo ......

 

a beloved Husband, Dad and Grandfather... He was known for his smile and for the songs that he shared with those he loved. In this window, Robert Genalo is seated in his lazy boy recliner contentedly gazing at his wife, Dorothy Genalo who is sitting on the sofa across from him. After Dorothy Genalo passed away, Robert Genalo frequently mentioned that his image of heaven was to be able to sit in his easy chair in the living room and just be able to be with and watch his wife sitting on the sofa.

 

 

The words to "In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town" are under the American Flag as the Genalo's were proud to be Americans.

His favorite song was "In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town". Originally from the 1932 film "The Crooner".

I'm up in the world, but I'd give the world to be where I used to be, A heavenly nest, where I rest the best, means more than the world to me.
It's only a shanty in old Shanty Town, the roof is so slanty it touches the ground. But my tumbled down shack by an old railroad track, like a millionaire's mansion is calling me back.
I'd give up a palace if I were a king. It's more than a palace, it's my everything. There's a queen waiting there with a silvery crown in a shanty in old Shanty Town.

 

 

 

Across the window from the song is a picture of the "Shanty" and shamrocks, celebrating their Irish heritage.

 

 

 

 

The Genalo Family had a strong devotion to St. Francis of Assisi... Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who inspired the Church by following all the Jesus said and did. Francis followed Jesus with unlimited total joy!! The cross in the neglected chapel of San Damiano instructed Francis to "Go out and build up my house, for it is nearly falling down.
Francis' first rule for his followers was totally from the Gospels. He had no intention of founding the Franciscan order, but once it came into existence, he protected it and accepted the structures needed to support it. He was absolutely devoted to the Church.
At the end Francis was blind and seriously ill. Two years prior to his death, he had received the stigmata. On his deathbed he thank God for our "Sister Death". Due to Francis' love for all of creation, he is know as the patron of the animals.

 

 


The Genalo Family also had a strong devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague.. Devotion to the Child Jesus was very popular in Baroque Spain. St. Teresa of Avila promoted this devotion of praying to the Child Jesus. The Statue of the Infant of Prague was a wedding present from a Mother to her daughter and then from the granddaughter to the Carmelites at the Church of the Virgin Mary the Victorious in Prague, Bohemia. In 1628 the Carmelites fled Prague and the veneration ceased. However n1638 the statue was discovered in the ruins of the church. It was restored and a number of miracles were reported causing the resumption of the veneration of the Child Jesus in Prague and throughout the world.

 

 

 

 

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