Tarentum church to rejoice Feast of Corpus Christi with sawdust carpets

A tradition that can be traced to the Black Forest of Germany will keep on for approximately the 80th year at Holy Martyrs Church in Tarentum.

The Corpus Christi Celebration that includes sawdust carpets will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. following Sunday at the church, which is aspect of Guardian Angels Parish.

“We usually want to be ready to demonstrate our devotion to God,” said the Rev. Aaron Kriss, senior parochial vicar.

“In the Catholic Church, that is the coronary heart of our religion. This permits us to do something for our religious very well-getting and continue to be related to the Lord, even for those people who have been absent due to the fact of covid or other causes.”

Kriss mentioned the party generally has been a way to carry people today alongside one another, and this year it’s in particular the case just after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic.

For anyone who has by no means noticed the occasion in person, it’s an monumental endeavor in which masses of sawdust are tumbled with dye in cement mixers. Kriss claimed he likes to make confident every coloration of the rainbow — and then some — is available for people to provide out the intricate details of their sketch.

The dyeing of the sawdust is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Holy Martyrs parking good deal at 353 W. Ninth Ave.

It’s open up to anyone fascinated in assisting, and no registration
is needed.

“If folks want to occur out and observe, that’s fantastic, too,” Kriss explained. “Just do not appear out in your greatest clothes.”

The generation will outcome in about 80 burlap sacks of colored dust that will be applied the next week.

Parishioner Elizabeth Novotny’s relatives has been crafting the carpets for generations. Even when the Tarentum indigenous graduated from higher education and moved for her career to Orlando, Fla., Novotny made it a stage to appear house for the carpet celebration.

“I arrived residence twice a calendar year,” she stated. “Once at Xmas and then for Corpus Christi. It’s quite essential to me.”

“Not only for the reason that we’re celebrating the blood and overall body of Christ by earning wonderful carpets but also mainly because it’s a spouse and children custom. I’m the fifth era to take element.”

Novotny, 35, has considering that moved to Ligonier, building her commute a small less complicated.

This year, her family strategies a 12-foot by 15-foot rendition of “The Last Supper.” She’s eager for her 2-calendar year-aged son to acquire aspect for the initially time.

“He has not been ready to do it the past two yrs due to the fact of covid,” she explained. “I’m enthusiastic for him to get his arms filthy.”

People today commonly arrive at the church by about 8 a.m. to start out sketching their scene.

Most are religious in character, like a cross or rosary, and they range from basic to intricate.

“There have been several that have stood out,” Kriss mentioned, recalling a “gigantic one” that depicted a chalice and the host and grapes all sitting down prior to a stained-glass window.

“They even took the time to inscribe phrases on the windows.”

He explained the celebration typically attracts a pleasant group to view the artwork unfold.

About 25 carpets are envisioned to be designed.

A light-weight lunch will be furnished for the artists, and a closing prayer procession will start off at 4 p.m.

Kriss mentioned that when the custom was established by the Holy Ghost Fathers in Germany, the carpets ended up produced of flower petals.

“Not make a difference what we use, the strategy is the similar,” Kriss stated. “To give honor to God.”

To sign up to make a carpet, call the parish at 724-226-4900.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review employees writer. You can get hold of Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or by using Twitter .