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Stained Glass Window Restored at Staten Island Church

01 Dec 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

A stained glass window to the past was painstakingly restored by Egan's Church Furnishings and Restoration and reinstalled at Our Lady Queen of Peace R.C. Church, Staten Island, just in time for the parish’s 90th anniversary mass last Sunday.

The stained glass church window, which is about 22 feet high and about 12 feet wide, depicts Our Lady Queen of Peace as the main figure surrounded by other saints. It is thought to be as old as the parish.

The main problem was that the wooden frame of the stained glass window was rotted, rendering it unable to securely hold the weight of the window. The glass pieces alone weighed up to 800 pounds.

The window had to be taken apart and then reassembled in what was described as “an incredible jigsaw puzzle” by Robert Egan of Egan Church Furnishings in Shrewsbury, MA. Each piece of glass was cleaned, repaired if needed, releaded and then encased in an aluminum frame at Bovard Studio in Fairfield, Iowa.

Egan’s engineers did a detailed study of the original wooden frame to copy its shape exactly with the new aluminum frame, which won’t rust or deteriorate, but looks beautiful. Now, if window repairs need to be made in the future, the new frame is a simple track that can be snapped out, the glass can be removed and the channel snapped back in place. The patented frame is touted as the only one for stained glass that vents to the inside of the church, a major energy saving feature. One of the reasons Our Lady Queen of Peace chose Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations for the job.

Parishioners celebrated the return of the window, and kicked off the church’s year-long anniversary festivities with a mass officiated by the Rev. Pancrose Kalist, pastor, and his brother, Bishop Francis Kalist of Meerut, India. They left on Monday for a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

The theme of the event was “Reflect & Renew,” and the church, which holds about 400 people, was standing room only for the mass, followed by a reception.

The year-long celebration will culminate with a dinner planned for Oct. 14, 2012, at the Excelsior Grand, Staten Island.

For information on Stained Glass Windows whether you are repairing existing ones or need new ones designed for your place of worship, contact Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations.

Original Article - Maura Grunlund- Staten Island Advance

Nativity Scenes and Statues for Christmas

23 Nov 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Egan’s Church Furnishings is a family owned church furnishings and restoration business. Are you getting your church or place of worship ready for the holiday season? For Fontanini Nativity Sets direct from Italy, that are hand-made and hand-painted to the finest details.
 
Since 1908, the House of Fontanini has created magnificent old-world sculptures and nativity scenes treasured by worshippers the world over. Today, the fourth generation of the Fontanini family runs the house of Fontanini and upholds the family tradition of pride in detail.

Breathtaking in detail and workmanship, Fontanini Nativity Sets are beautiful lifelike figures and historically researched structures that will bring you back in time to Biblical Bethlehem.

Also available are the Demetz Nativity Scenes.  The Demetz Art Studio is located in the Northern part of Italy, at the heart of the Alps. Demetz is the leading industry in creating outstanding, beautiful wood carved statues of ecclesiastical art and nativity sets.
 
Fontanini and Demetz nativity scenes are renowned throughout the Christian world. These nativity sets adorns some of the most impressive buildings around the world, and are made for both indoor and outdoor use. For information or questions on our nativity scenes, contact Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations. And remember, all of our nativity sets have free shipping throughout the continental United States!

Welcome to Egan's Church Furnishings & Restorations

02 Nov 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations is a family owned business, dedicated to helping you repair, restore or build your church or worship site. We offer numerous products and services to assist you with your building project. With Fontanini nativity and Demetz nativity scenes, you can have your church ready for the holidays. Hand Carved Marble statues and bonded marble statues are also available direct from Italy.

If it is church restorations and refurbishing that you need. At Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations we are experts. Some of the areas in which we can help are:

New energy efficient window frames-- Stained glass windows-- Stained glass Repair-- Window frame repair-- Interior painting-- Exterior painting-- Chancel furniture-- Church Pew refinishing and more.

Contact us for more information on getting your church ready for the holidays.


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