My name is Tom Gahler and I have been in charge of the Environment Committee at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in St Paul, MN since 1995. I inherited a tradition that has been a part of St Pat's since before I was born. Architecturally, St Pat's is a typical, minimalistic church design from the mid 1960's. To take the place of ornate paintings and woodwork many older church buildings have, a group of parishioners began to use flowers, plants, and cloth banners to beautify the space for each season of the Liturgical Year. Today, I proudly carry this strong tradition on. I have a personal goal, to never use the same design twice. Each season, each year the church has a fresh look enhancing our worship space.
This site is a public archive of the many past designs that I and my predecessors created. Designs will eventually be archived both by Liturgical year and by Liturgical season. Feel free to look around this site. Feel free to contact me If you have any comments, questions, or concerns. Also, if you happen to have a photo of St Pat's from a wedding, first communion, or whatever, that shows the sanctuary design, please scan it and email that to me as well so it can be added to this archive. I'll be slowly uploading all the previous years designs newest to oldest. Thank you for visiting.