Article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review…
New life is found for Catholic church artifacts
By Craig Smith
Monday, December 5, 2011
As a seminarian, the Rev. Joseph McCaffrey knelt before a tabernacle in the chapel at Mercy Hospital, where his mother was being treated for a brain tumor, and prayed for her recovery.
Later, when he was named pastor of Ss. John and Paul Church in Marshall, he noticed that same tabernacle — an ornamental cabinet used to store the Blessed Sacrament — at his new church.
And when it came time to build a new Sts. John and Paul Church building, he “knew that was going to be in there.”
The practice of reusing religious items is a common one among Catholics. The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has two warehouses — one an old church — that house aging, unused religious articles and statuary.