Charlebois Council 2704                     
   •   P.O. Box 158   •    The Pas, Manitoba   •    R9A 1K4   •                           
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                               Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral
                                                                    The Pas, Manitoba, Canada

In 1996 the Parish’s Administrative Services Committee contracted with Prairie Stained Glass of Winnipeg to begin the development of stained glass window themes for the Cathedral in The Pas. Following a survey of parishioners and others in the diocese, a compilation of the most popular suggestions was used to determine specific window themes. The most obvious first choice for the feature window at the south entrance was the theme "Our Lady of the Sacred Heart", the namesake for the Parish and the Cathedral.

Consideration of the Cathedral’s original etched windows and its architectural basis resulted in the decision to utilize a Gothic Revival style, with clear frosted glass on the outside edge of the windows, and with two coloured painted borders inside this. The coloured images vary from window to window as appropriate to the subject and theme.

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Donated by the estate of Mr. Louis Maguet of The Pas and installed in May 1997, Mary the mother of Jesus is depicted in a northern setting. Her face is forward looking and affection is expressed by the way she holds her Son. His regard for her is expressed in His body’s position. Mary is robed in blue, and the night sky that surrounds her is also many shades of blue. Traditionally blue is used in stained glass only for Mary. The stars appear golden in the sky. The northern lights hang like a shawl at her shoulders, and are created using different shades of amethyst and violet. A horizon of spruce trees silhouette a landscape of snow and ice. White rose and rosary motifs are used in the borders, and the thorns represent Mary’s suffering and commitment.

The lower panel depicts symbols of the main theme, roses and a heart, with a matching border.

This window was made possible through donations of Sacred Heart Parishioners. It was installed in May 1997. For its location over the main cathedral entrance, the theme "Baptism" was felt to be most appropriate. Depicted in the semi-circular window are vessels of oil and water, and a candle, used in the ceremony in which one enters the Church. The hyssop plant featured on the inner border symbolizes penitence and humility, and also innocence regained, hence baptism. A shell motif is used on the outer border. The dove represents the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Eucharist
Two windows in the nave high above the altar represent the Holy Eucharist in its two traditional forms of bread and wine. The two windows, installed in May 1999, have similar borders and colour, with bright colours and light reflections that wash into the church. The red background was finger painted to make it look like cloth. 

The west side window depicts the bread of the Eucharist.. The loaf of bread is a particularly interesting feature, against a backdrop of waving yellow wheat. This window was sponsored by Alma Moule and the other children of the Sabbé family in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Sabbé.

The east window depicts the wine of the Eucharist. The chalice is made transparent to see the contents. The grapes and leaves add an organic component. This window was sponsored by Olive & Erik Wadelius, and Rosemarie & Vaughn Wadelius.

Music in the Church
Sponsored by Gene & Adrienne Hrabarchuk in memory of Adrienne’s father, Arthur, and her grandfather, Albert LaFontaine, who were ardent choir members in the parish for decades. The window, installed in May 1998, is located nearest to the altar on the east side of the cathedral. The outer border of the window depicts notes on the musical staff and the inner border shows organ keys. The Archangel Gabriel blowing a horn to announce the birth of Christ is the central representation of the music theme. A Seraphim hovers above and represents the praise of the Eucharistic prayer "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts". On a scroll in both official languages is the message "Sing to the Lord" , which harkens to the bilingual musical history of the parish and many of its founding parishioners.

Bishop Ovide Charlebois, o.m.i.
This window was sponsored by Charlebois Council 2704, Knights of Columbus. It commemorates the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Le Pas Mission who traveled extensively in the northern wilderness to carry out his missionary work. Bulrushes form one of the outside borders, and represent a biblical image of "the just who dwell on the banks of the river of grace". The second border is the same fret design found on the original altar of the first Roman Catholic church in The Pas, a log cabin structure. The corners at the bottom contain lilies, a symbol of purity and chastity. Bishop Charlebois is in an outside setting, expressing the idea of mission, and showing his determination and faith. The window also depicts the mode of travel in the diocese from this isolated post in the wilderness, and the log church constructed and inhabited by Bishop Charlebois. The top panel contains his motto and shield. The window was installed in May 1998.

Mother Theresa of Calcutta
Donated by the Sacred Heart Parish Social Committee this window was installed in May 2000. It is in honour of the efforts of the women in the parish over the years, who have contributed to its welfare as volunteers and as members of religious congregations that have lived and worked in The Pas. The central figure displayed is Mother Theresa of Calcutta. This is one of the first such windows depicting her. She was selected because her every day acts of compassion and love are the building blocks to a better world. She is depicted in front of the House of the Dying in Calcutta, India. At the top of the window is her unique calling card inscription. The border of Mother Theresa’s sari is repeated in the window’s border. Along the border, various glass cutting techniques were used to develop the symbol of the Catholic Women’s League (top centre), and the eleven symbols representing each of the various religious orders of nuns:
    Soeurs de la Charité de St. Hyacinthe,   Soeurs du Sacré-Coeur de Jésus,
    Congrégation de Notre-Dame de Montréal,   Soeurs de St. Marthe de
    St. Hyacinthe,   Sisters of St. Joseph,  Missionnaires Oblates du
    Sacré-Coeur et Marie Immaculée,   Soeurs de St. Joseph de St. Hyacinthe,
    Sisters of St. Ann,   Soeurs de Notre-Dame du St. Rosaire, 
    School Sisters of Notre Dame, and the Soeurs de Présentation de Marie. 
 Garlands of flowers are used to give a feeling of celebration.

The Parish Community
his east side window was designed to reflect the early years of this area. Various vignettes depict aspects of our early community life. The train station reminds us of the importance of this mode of travel to northerners. It shows the Countess of Dufferin engine which finished its service in The Pas and is now on display in Winnipeg. The steam boat, another mode of transportation, had ties with the logging industry. The fur trade is identified with a traditional aboriginal camp site. The mixed farming scene’s golden fields of grain recalls the importance of this area as the site of the first farming done in western Canada, and the early dairy farm located here. The barbed wire in that vignette took meticulous hand painting to achieve. The border is a five colour woven mosaic that reflects a Métis sash and the Olympic rings, as well as the year 2000 jubilee symbol of the church. This border symbolizes hope for uniting all people of the world in a community of love and faith. For this reason, in the top panel, our cathedral is shown as the centre of the community, binding us together. Sponsors were Vern & Jeanette Bernstrom in memory of community pioneers Nazaire & Augustine Frechette. The window was installed in May 1999.

St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis is portrayed in a northern Canada setting with indigenous animals, as he is noted for his connection with animals. The theme also reflects respect for the wilderness environment. The wild creatures used are a lynx, moose, whiskey jack, bald eagle, and a rabbit, but a dog lies at the feet of St. Francis to indicate a peaceful accommodation. The setting is that of a northern Manitoba wilderness. The bold colours of the background connect with similar colours in other windows in the cathedral. Along the border are depicted wolf and bird tracks. The window was installed in May 2000 and was sponsored by Alberta, James, Neil and Leanne Hemauer.

The Holy Family
This window on the west side portrays Jesus as an adolescent, as it is important for all ages of people to see themselves in the life of the church. This window implies the importance of family and the idea of working together. Mary is present. Joseph is depicted as a teacher, enhancing his important role as an earthly father and supporter of the Holy Family. The earthy colours of the whole panel reflect those of the window across from it. The red colour border brightens the panel and sets off the inner border which is a wooden carved casement adding to the carpentry theme. The background is the home, reinforcing the importance of home and family. The top panel depicts the clear sky above the home, and if you look closely you can see robins in the branches. The window was installed in May 1999 and was sponsored by the Lagimodi
ère family in memory of their parents, Neva & Hervé Lagimodière.

Blessed Kateri
This window depicts a Mohawk woman, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, revered by native people in Canada and known as the "Lily of the Mohawks". Clothed in traditional dress, she hold lilies and a rosary. She is kneeling on a blanket that has the symbol of a turtle on it. Her medicine bag contains a cross, cedar, a feather and some tobacco. In the scene’s mid-ground are three sacred plants: squash, beans and corn. The sun and its rays shine down from heaven. The border is like colourful beadwork, somewhat like a modern version of a wampum belt, with seven beads across it in a rectangular design. This border was a challenge to make, and took two weeks to complete. At the top is the crest of the Order of Mary Immaculate, which has been sandblasted and painted. Although of a similar colour to the background glass, it seems to float in front.
The major sponsor of this window was the Manitoba Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, with a contribution by the Parish of St. Theresa Point. It was installed in November 2000.

This window design outlines, in vignette form, the hopes of mankind depicted in the past, the present, and the future, and the promise of the redemption. The vignette style mirrors the Parish Community window opposite it, as does the gold and blue background. Three vignettes within it are symbolic of the scripture reading from Isaiah 6 v1-2.
The vignette "Yesterday", the large panel at the bottom, depicts the immigration of the chosen people to the promised land. The middle panel "Today," uses the symbols of the basin, pitcher, and towel to represent service to our community neighbours. The dove of peace carries an olive branch. Upward we see the vignette of the "Future" (a closer view of the "Yesterday" panel) represented by a garden with a wheat field, and lily and iris flowers. The wheat and grapes suggest bounty and prosperity as well as the Eucharistic body and blood of Christ. The shell is a symbol of pilgrimage. The mid-ground shows an ivy vine, the symbol of eternal life, growing from the bottom to the top.
At the top of the window is the Jubilee 2000 symbol, with a larger amber mid-ground. The blue border, wider on the lower panels, lightens up the window. The interwoven portion of the border, with the same five colours as the Community window border, represents the weaving of the world’s cultures and peoples into one community.
Sponsored by Helen & Otto Herman, this window was installed in November 2000.

About the Artist
Lucinda Doran
has been the head designer at Prairie Stained Glass since 1982. She studied at the world renowned Pilchuk Glass School in the USA with world class designers Narcissus Quagliati and Ed Carpenter, and assisted British artist Debra Coombs teach an advanced glass painting and design class in 1994. She had worked on designs in twenty-two Manitoba churches, a Winnipeg synagogue and a Selkirk hospital prior to her work in The Pas.

Photos by Vaughn Wadelius      © Copyright 2008.
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