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Recently, the Remodeling Committee has been looking at stained glass. We’re going to need some beautiful stained glass windows to make our new design work. On top of the artistic challenge, the windows also have a challenge of being close to the viewer (eye level) instead of some distance away.

According to an expert consulting with the committee, the best stained glass windows in Colorado are at Sacred Heart Parish in Peetz Colorado.  Peetz is located in Logan County in the northeast corner of of the state, on Highway 113 and on the rail line between Sterling Colorado and Sydney Nebraska. Peetz is home to 200 souls, and is the “Biggest Town for it’s Size in the State“.

Sacred Heart in PeetzSacred Heart Church (shown above) isn’t big – in fact, it now seems to be a mission from Saint Anthony’s in Sterling Colorado. But Sacred Heart has a set of beautiful stained glass windows designed and donated by European artist Bradi Barth. Born in Switzerland and working from Belgium, Ms. Barth perfected a medieval Flemish style that works well for this space.

Bradi Barth Stained Glass in Peetz ColoradoTom Noel’s history of the parish describes the church and windows:

Omer V. Foxhoven, pastor from 1962 to 1965, presided over the 1963 dismantling of the old frame church and construction of a modern, red brick church in 1964, the parish’s fiftieth anniversary.

The new $68,000 parish home, designed by architect Henry De Nicola, showcased six stained glass windows by the noted Belgian artist, Bradi Barth. Miss Barth worked bits of local color into her stained glass compositions: The creation scene includes the cat who became her constant companion as she worked, while the Coronation window includes in the background the old frame church of Peetz.

The Coronation window is on the far right of the four shown above. Click the image to visit the Sacred Heart web page about the windows.

The next question is, “How can we get to Peetz to see these?”

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With her permission, I’m sharing an e-mail of suggestions from Debbie Coash.

Hi, Troy

I am not very familiar with computer stuff, but I visited the website and found it interesting and helpful, although I cannot seem to figure out how to offer suggestions, so I’m writing this e-mail to give a few thoughts. Thank you so much for putting me on this loop.

My three suggestions for the renovation would be thus:

  1. I would like to see a lot more color overall in the church, especially with the lighting. I attended a church as a child that had overhead hanging lights done in stained glass, and it always had a big effect on me for creating a spiritual aura. At present, HT is just too bland, neutral-colored and dated looking. I would like to see softer, more spiritual colors which reflect deep feelings of reverence and a passion for the Lord, such as rich shades of pinks and reds — nothing garish, but “rich” shades. I would like to see darker woods used, too. The woods we currently have also look too bland and neutral. An ideal for me would be pinks and reds, with darker woods, stained-glass lighting and a lot more candles around in beautiful, ornate candlesticks in gold, silver or crystal.
  2. I would like to see the windows on the sides of the church done in another type of glass. A lot of what we have now looks very dated. I would prefer to see more stained glass in bigger picture windows. I hate those small ones we have now where you have to pull the window toward you to open them!
  3. We really lack angels! Angels always make everything very special and mystical, and we have none in the church! I would love to see angels around the church (particularly in stained glass), but especially a Michaelangelo art depiction of a group of angels surrounding the big crucifix above the tabernacle in adoration of the Lord. I think the area around the big crucifix is too bland and austere.

Thanks for hearing me out. I hope these suggestions can help somebody.

Debbie Coash

Debbie – thanks for sharing these suggestions. You bring up some good ideas. As a note: The committee has recently been wrestling with project priorities instead of design elements. But soon we will be at the spot where we need more design ideas.

Please e-mail your suggestions, or add them to the comments. Thanks!

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