Ben Brouse packs up the candlesticks after Mass yesterday.

When we first started having Sunday Mass at the Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel in Tulsa, we had only a simple table for an altar.  Parishioner Ben Brouse quickly started work on making a set of gradines and a mock tabernacle to help provide a Catholic foundation on which to build.  Using select pine he crafted the gradines and mock tabernacle in sections for ease in setting up and taking down the altar.  He said that he added design elements as he worked and saw the need, like the little boxes that form a border underneath each gradine top.  He added what he describes as a “Roman” roof to the mock tabernacle to make it more attractive.


Gradines are like little stair steps to heaven.
Here you can see the enormous impact Ben’s handiwork makes on our ability to create a beautiful setting for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
With our beautified portable altar in the background, Fr. Geckle distributes Communion to the Faithful.  A visitor from Fr. Trough’s parish in Michigan, Isaac Martin, graciously offered to serve at the altar yesterday.