Kolbe Chapel

Chapel Open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Chapel Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Closed Sunday

History of Kolbe Chapel
For years, parishioners inquired about a place to worship and pray during the day in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. When the new school building was finished, the old classrooms were made available to the church. One of the classrooms was selected for possible conversion to a chapel of adoration.

In August of 1998, our bishop, The Most Reverend Joseph A. Fiorenza, D.D. granted his permission for the project citing in his letter "I think this chapel will significantly increase devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in the parish and will be a great blessing for all."

Former parochial vicar, Father Stephen B. Reynolds (now pastor of Christ the King Church in Houston) was asked to envision how the chapel should look. He did so and we are greatly in debt to him for his vision and planning.

Sacred Heart parishioner Mr. John Lapham, in conjunction with Mr. Dennis O'Connor, Maintenance Operations Manager, did the work of converting from classroom to chapel. The finished project is one of exquisite detail and expert workmanship. In order to meet the Canon Law requirement that Mass be said in a chapel such as ours, Mr. Lapham also built a small, portable altar and donated it to the chapel.

The artistic input of Mrs. Tag Green and Mrs. Darla Arter was crucial in bringing the chapel to life through color and art. Darla Arter rendered a mural on the wall surrounding the tabernacle. In it, she depicts, on the upper left, the Body of Christ and the wheat from which the bread comes. On the upper right, she depicts the cup of the Blood of Christ and the grapes from which the wine comes. In the center, Darla has depicted the Holy Spirit represented as a dove. In the epiclesis of the Canon of the Mass, the priest extends his hands over the bread and wine and invokes the power of the Spirit to change them into the Body and Blood of Christ.

At the top are the words "ADORO TE DEVOTE LATENS DEITAS". From the Latin hymn composed by St. Thomas Aquinas, they mean "I ADORE YOU DEVOUTLY HIDDEN GODHEAD".

The tabernacle veil was designed and sewn by Mrs. Marie Henderson. In the entry of the chapel is an image of our Lady of Guadalupe donated by Sister Isidra Hernandez, S.F.C.C..

The chapel is called the Kolbe Chapel. It was named for St. Maximillian Kolbe, a Polish Franciscan priest who offered his life for that of another man at Auschwitz.

It deserves a personal visit to truly appreciate the remarkable talents of the artist and to commune with God in the solitude and quiet splendor of this lovely chapel.