New sanctuary dedicated at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Lewes

March 4, 2018

St. Jude The Apostle Church in Lewes dedicated its new sanctuary Feb. 24. From a vision of founding Pastor Father Jim Hreha, the Sustaining Hope capital campaign was carried through by current Pastor Father Tom Flowers. The Primacy of the Blessed Sacrament was completed Feb. 23. Its goal was to make God the focal point of all people do.

There are countless people to thank. Organizers express their deepest gratitude to the St. Jude parishioners who contributed to the capital campaign. Without them, the beautiful sanctuary and choir loft would not have been possible.

The architecture and major construction was performed by the St. Jude Liturgical Arts studio out of Havertown, Pa. They worked relentlessly to have this major project completed in seven weeks. It included the dismantling and removal of the old sanctuary, construction and installation of the new flooring, and delivery and installation of the donated altars from Christ the King Church in Wilmington. There was also new painting throughout the church, newly fabricated ambo, cantor stand and tabernacle case which were handcrafted out of marble. The lighting and sound system was also adjusted, and a general cleaning of the church was completed.

Bishop W. Francis Malooly paid a visit the week of Feb. 12 and appreciated the beautiful renovation work of the sanctuary.