Our new chapel will be named All Saints Chapel. This is dedicated to all the people of the original St. Joseph Parish who helped to found the little Church in Fogelsville, which has since grown to this large Church here in Orefield. Many of the artifacts in the new chapel have been received from the Churches of our diocese which have undergone mergers or closings, most especially in Schuylkill and Carbon counties. I want to thank the people of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Middleport, PA for the four main stained glass windows, the people of Our Lady of Pompeii in Bethlehem, for the large window with our patron saint of our diocese St. Catherine of Siena and St. Dominic. The statues, pulpit and other sanctuary furniture came from Sacred Heart Church in New Philadelphia. The Tabernacle came from St. Mary’s Church in McAdoo. The beautiful altar was received from St. Kiernan’s Church in Heckschersville, Pa. The candle holders on the altar as well as the vigil light came from Sacred Heart Church in New Philadelphia. The Blessed Sacrament stained glass window behind the tabernacle came from Holy Cross Church in New Philadelphia. The statues also were from Sacred Heart Church in New Philadelphia. The paschal candle stand came from St. Ann’s Church in Landsford, PA. The Good Shepherd window in the vestibule was part of the original oldChurch in Fogelsville and had initially been donated by the Holy Name Society of St. Joseph The Worker Parish.
When the vision of expanding our chapel first started it was around the time of our diocesan synod and I realized that many of these Churches which would eventually be merged or closed had some very beautiful windows, altars and religious statutes I visited a great number of these Churches in order to procure these items you see in our chapel. I would ask that when you come into our chapel now for Mass or adoration please remember all the parishioners of these parishes from our diocese. — Rev. Monsignor Robert J. Wargo