The New Church
The Saint Sebastian Parish has been proud of its new church, dedicated in May, 1960. The architecture is modern Romanesque; the exterior construction is cream-colored brick, and the interior construction Travertine marble and nine other marbles imported from Italy.
As in any church, the sanctuary is the most important part because this is where the altar is located. St. Sebastian Church has a large-mosaic depicting the scene of the Last Supper behind the main altar. The altar represents the table with the figures behind it. The altar is made of Giallo Doro marble and the mosaic scene features Jesus Christ in the center, holding a large chalice, and reverent apostles are depicted on each side of Him.
The symbols above the heads of the apostles depict the bread and wine of Holy Eucharist. The symbols of Christ Himself are a staff on the left to signify His being a Shepherd and a crown on the right to depict Christ as King. In the center of the uppermost part of the mosaic is depicted the hand of God, the Father, sending the Dove, or Holy Spirit, down upon the apostles.
The sketch for the mosaic scene was chosen from several submitted by the DePrato Co. in Chicago. This sketch was then sent to Venice where it took one year to make the 175,000 pieces of Venetian glass that make up the complete scene. It took six weeks for four Italian workmen to piece together and cement the mosaic to the wall. The Stations of the Cross were made in the same manner as the scene of the Last Supper and are embedded in Travertine marble.
The stained glass windows were made of baked glass by Francesco Marcione over a period of a year. These windows are dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, as Queen, and depict phrases taken from the Litany of Loretto. Two persons from the past were chosen to illustrate each phrase. The windows in the choir loft depict St. Cecelia, patroness of music, and St. Gregory, composer of Gregorian Chant.
There are 14 hand carved wooden statues in St. Sebastian Church, carved by artisans in the Tyrolean sector of Italy. The eight side altars have stained glass windows on each side to depict the lives of the saints represented.
There is a bronze plaque of the coat of arms of St. Sebastian on the ends of each church pew. St. Sebastian had been a pagan so there are crosses to depict his conversion and there are chevrons because he was a martyr. This same coat of arms in stainless steel is mounted on the outside of the church. The top window above each door has a gold silhouette emblem of a circle with an "M" in the middle drawn to resemble an angel and also represent Mary, our Mother.
It took two years to plan the church, one year to raise the necessary funds and two years to build it.