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Cross finds new life on mausoleum

October 1, 2010

Photo by Gian DeLoia – Father Brian Vossler stands next to the 10-foot cross that once hung in St. Leo's Church.

A 10-foot cross that was once displayed in St. Leo's Church now hangs on a mausoleum in the cemetery facing Montmorenci Road.
The cross was replaced in 2006 and stored in the basement of the rectory until Monday, Sept. 20, when Father Brian Vossler and fellow parishioners hung it against the mausoleum in St. Leo's Cemetery.
“They wanted the Corpus Christi, the crucified Christ in the church,” said Fr. Vossler. “The resurrected Christ now hangs on the mausoleum, which is a very appropriate symbol.
“It gives hope and dignifies that whole space with all of our deceased loved ones resting there.”
The cross had to be weatherized before it could be displayed. The cross and Christ were fastened together with glue and silicone and then protected with three coats of varnish. It is expected to last five years until needing refinished.
“They couldn't find any place inside the church to hang the cross because of its size,“ Vossler said. “We talked about it at several pastoral council meetings and decided to leave it in the basement until we could find a place for it.
“I don't think anyone thought of preparing it in such a way that it could be hung outside. It's actually an indoor cross.”
Vossler got the idea of hanging it there during a funeral a couple months back when he noticed that the front of the mausoleum looked stark.
“There are two crosses embedded in the marble and then they have the stone front and there was nothing there,” Vossler said. “So we thought that this cross would be just the right size.”
The cross was also chosen to be hung there because of its location.
“We wanted to put it there because nobody could see it in the basement versus Montmorenci [Road] where you have all that traffic going up and down the road,” Vossler said.
“We thought it was a very appropriate symbol for people to enjoy and people remember the cross from when it was in church. It is a good way of bringing that out and showing it to the people. The resurrected Christ brings hope to those who lie in rest in our cemetery.”
The cross that hangs in the church now was donated by Mario Mascioni in memory of his wife Doris.

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