The Stained Glass Windows
of
St. Isidore Catholic Church

The Diocese of Sacramento established the parish of St. Isidore Catholic Church in 1952. Our first church was the former Italian POW Chapel at Camp Beale (now Beale Air Force Base). By June 12, 1960 our current church had been constructed and dedicated. In 1992 a campaign was begun to replace tinted windows with stained glass ones in the walls of the side altars, each of which would be depictions of saints that were important to our parish community and our larger community of Sutter County and Yuba City. This project was quickly completed.

On this page we wish to provide you, our visitor, with an electronic visit and observation of the depictions of these holy persons who served as an example to our community. Each picture includes information about the person(s) and a dedication to and recognition of those who have contributed to our parish community.

Welcome to the Stained Glass Windows of St. Isidore Catholic Church.

Left Side Altar - Our Lady of Guadalupe

Right Side Altar - St. Joseph

Martyrs of Japan (St. Philip of Mexico, St. Paul Miki):

This depiction is dedicated to the men, women, and children who died for the faith from 1597 until 1873 in Japan. The faith arrived in 1549 when St. Francis Xavier arrived at Satsuma. He was recalled to India in 1551, but he converted more than 3,000 Japanese in that brief period. Thirty years later there were 200,000 Christians and 250 churches. The two largest groups of martyrs representing the thousands of Christians died for the faith from 1614 to 1664.

Dedicated in memory of
Deacon Kerry J. Volker

 

St. Frances Cabrini

St. Frances Cabrini was the first American citizen to be canonized when she was elevated to sainthood by Pope Pius XII. St. Frances is the patroness of immigrants. Especially concerned about children, she founded schools, hospitals, and orphanages after immigrating to America from Italy. At the time of her death in 1917 her institute had large numbers of these facilities in the United States, as well as England, France, Spain, and South America.

Dedicated to the memory of
Domenick & Theresa Turano

Martin de Porres

 

Martin de Porres was the unwanted child of a Spanish officer and a free Black woman. He was born in Lima, Peru, forty years after the bloody destruction of the Inca Empire. At age 15 he became a Brother at Convento Santo Domingo in Lima, a Dominican Order. He doctored Lima's sick, distributed thousands of dollars worth of food and clothing to the poor and founded an orphanage for abandoned children. His beloved poor never allowed his memory to fade, and today he is one of the most popular saints of the Americas-the patron of social justice and interracial love.

Dedicated in memory of
Rev. Bernard McElwee, our founding Pastor

Martyrs of Vietnam

Several groups of martyrs, also called the Martyrs of Annam, were slain for the faith in Vietnam from 1798 until 1861. A Portuguese missionary arrived in Vietnam in 1533. An imperial edict there forbade Christianity, and it was not until 1615 that the Jesuits were able to establish a permanent mission there. In 1627, Jesuit missionary Fr. Alexander de Rhodes was expelled from the land. He went to Paris where he founded a foreign missions seminary. Priests arrived in Vietnam and the faith grew. Between 1798 and 1853 was a period of intense political rivalry and civil wars. In 1855 the persecution raged and wholesale massacres began. Thousands of Vietnamese Christians were martyred, as well as 4 bishops and 28 Dominicans. This included 115 native priests and 100 native nuns, and more than 5,000 Vietnamese faithful.

Presented by Bill & Bernice Amarel in memory of John L. & Carrie Azevedo & Joseph & Mary H. Amarel

St. Rose of Lima

St. Rose of Lima is the patroness of Latin America and the Philippines. This South American Saint's real name was Isabel but she was such a beautiful baby that she was called Rose, and that name remained. St. Rose worked hard to support her poor parents and humbly obeyed them, except when they tried to get her to marry. That she would not do. Her love of Jesus was so great that when she talked about Him, her face glowed and her eyes sparkled. Rose had many temptations from the devil, and there were also many time s when she had to suffer a feeling of terrible loneliness and sadness, for God seemed far away. Yet she cheerfully offered all these troubles to Him. In fact, in her last long, painful sickness, this heroic young woman used to pray: "Lord, increase my sufferings, and with them increase Your love in my heart."

Dedicated to the memory of
Sheila Rose Sexton

St. Maria Goretti

 

St. Maria Goretti is the patroness of youth.

She was only 12 when she was murdered in 1902, rather than submitting to the loss of her virtue.

Before she died she forgave the man who murdered her. Maria was canonized in 1950; her murderer, who had repented and converted, was there at St. Peter's to celebrate her canonization.

Her feast day is July 6.

 

Presented by St. Isidore's
Young Ladies Institute
(Y.L.I. #235)

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

She is the first Native American to be declared Blessed. Born in 1656, her father was a Mohawk chief and her mother an Algonquin Christian. After an epidemic of smallpox wiped out most of her village, including her parents, she was adopted by relatives. Kateri suffered from disfigurement and severely damaged eyesight because of smallpox. When she was eighteen, a Jesuit priest arrived to take charge of a mission, which included the clan. It was from him that she finally received baptism, in spite of strong opposition from the tribe. She then became subject to increased contempt and derision from the people of her village for her conversion. Eventually, for her own protection, she fled.

Dedicated to the memory of
Thomas J. Coy Family

Martyrs of Uganda
Feastday: June 3

These martyrs were a group of courtiers and servants who died with ST. Charles Lwanga in the court of King Mwang of Uganda, during the years of 1885-1887.

Some martyrs were young boys. They were slain with horrible cruelty. All were converts of the White Fathers founded by Charles Cardinal Lavigerie in 1868.

A shrine, now a basilica, was erected in their honor. They were canonized in 1964.

 

In loving gratitude of our Pastor
Joseph E. Bishop
from the parishioners of St. Isidore

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Bayley Seton was the first native born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. In 1794, Elizabeth married the wealthy young William Seton. After her husband's death, Elizabeth's deep concern for the spiritual welfare of her family and friends eventually led her into the Catholic Church, in 1805. Elizabeth and two other young women, who helped her in her work, began plans for a Sisterhood. They established the first free Catholic school in America. When the young community adopted their rule, they made provisions for Elizabeth to continue raising her children. On March 25, 1809, Elizabeth Seton pronounced her vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, binding for one year. From that time she was called Mother Seton. Today six groups of sisters trace their origins to Mother Seton's initial foundation. She died in 1821 at the age of 46 and was canonized on September 14, 1975.

Presented by
Walter & Ellen Berg & Family

St. Julie Biliart

 

Sr Julie Biliart founded the Sisters
of Notre Dame de Namur. This order
of nuns established Notre Dame
School in Marysville by St. Joseph's Catholic Church in 1856, which is still operating.

In 1955 they established Holy Angels School in Yuba City which is now St. Isidore's Catholic School.

 

Dedicated to the memory of
Kathleen Slayton

St. John Nepomucene Neumann

The first American bishop to be canonized and the fourth bishop of Philadelphia. A native of Bohemia, he studied at the University of Prague, became a noted scholar, and entered the religious life. Deeply inspired by the letters of Father Frederic Baraga to the Leopold Missionary Society, he volunteered to labor in America, arriving in New York and receiving ordination on June 25, 1836. The next four years were spent in missionary work among the members of the German community around Niagara Falls. In 1840, he joined the Redemptorists in 1842- the first member to be professed in America - and ten years later, on March 28, 1852, he was consecrated bishop of Philadelphia at the suggestion of Archbishop Francis Kenrick of Baltimore. As bishop, Neumann founded fifty churches in the diocese, advanced the program on the cathedral, and was noted especially for his contribution to Catholic education. Finding only two parochial schools at his arrival, Neumann established nearly one hundred by the time of his passing. He also cared for the poor and orphans, and founded the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.

In thanksgiving
Catherine Haynes & Family

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Maximilian was born in 1894 in Poland and became a Franciscan. He contracted tuberculosis and, though he recovered, he remained frail all his life. Before his ordination as a priest, Maximilian founded the Immaculata Movement devoted to Our Lady. After receiving a doctorate in theology, he spread the Movement through a magazine entitled "The Knight of the Immaculata" and helped form a community of 800 men, the largest in the world.

Maximilian went to Japan where he built a comparable monastery and then on to India where he furthered the Movement. In 1936 he returned home because of ill health. After the Nazi invasion in 1939, he was imprisoned and released for a time. But in 1941 he was arrested again and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz.

On July 31, 1941, in reprisal for one prisoner's escape, ten men were chosen to die. Father Kolbe offered himself in place of a young husband and father. And he was the last to die, enduring two weeks of starvation, thirst, and neglect.

Dedicated to the memory of
Jane E. Scheiber

Reconciliation Rooms

The St. Isidore Church Reconciliation Rooms (Confessionals) also have stained glass windows. The depictions in these rooms are the stories of those persons who have sinned against or denied God, but then sought and were granted forgiveness.

The Good Thief

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us." The other, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise."

Luke 24:39-43

 

Presented by Fidel Montero, Sr. and Family - Live Oak

St. Peter the Apostle

Peter, the first of the Apostles, was a member of the inner circle of Jesus. He helped organize the Last Supper and played a major role in the events of the Passion. When the Master was arrested, he cut off the right ear of a slave of the high priest Malchus and then denied Christ three times as the Lord predicted. Peter then "went out and began to weep bitterly". The first appearance of the Risen Christ was before Peter, and when the Lord came before the disciples at Tiberias, he gave to Peter the famous command to "Feed my lambs.... Tend my sheep.... Feed my sheep". In the time immediately after the Ascension, Peter stood as the unquestionable head of the Apostles.

Presented by
Fr. Vincent A. Meskenas

The Prodigal Son

There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said, "Father, I want my share of the money that I am to have when you die." The father divided his wealth between his two sons. The younger one packed his belongings and went on a long trip. He spent his money, actually wasting most of it having a good time. Then there was a famine. The young man became hungry. He tried to work for a farmer tending pigs. He was so hungry, he would have eaten the food for the pigs. He was so miserable. He remembered that his father's servants always had plenty to eat. He decided to return to his father's home and tell him how he had sinned. Maybe he could be a servant for his father. One day his father saw a man coming up the road who was ragged. When he got closer the father realized it was his son. He ran to him and threw his arms around him. "Father, I have sinned," said the son. His father said, "My son who was lost is now found." We can become unreconciled with God and, like the prodigal son, need to come back and be reconciled again with God, after having left his family.

In memory of those who have no one to pray for them

Mary Magdalene
"The Penitent"

St. Mary Magdalene was well known as a sinner. She was very beautiful and very proud, but after she met Jesus, she felt great sorrow for her evil life. When Jesus went to supper at the home of a rich man, Mary came to weep at His feet. Then with her long beautiful hair, she wiped His feet dry and anointed them with expensive perfume. Some were surprised that Jesus let such a sinner touch Him, but Our Lord could see into Mary's heart, and said: "Many sins are forgiven her, because she has loved very much." Then to Mary He said, "Your faith has made you safe; go in peace." From then on, with the other holy women, Mary humbly served Jesus and His Apostles. When Our Lord was crucified, she was there at the foot of His cross, unafraid for herself, and thinking only of His sufferings. After Jesus' body had been placed in the tomb, Mary went to anoint it with spices early Easter Sunday morning. Jesus, risen from the dead, had chosen to show Himself first to Mary Magdalene, the repentant sinner.

In thanksgiving,
Art and Edith Gibbs


ICF Plaque
Our Parish recognizes with gratitude the work and sacrifices made by the membership of the
Italian Catholic Federation
which made the construction of these Rooms of Reconciliation possible.

 

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