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      The design of the reredos consists of five main themes: the creation and fall, the idea of sacrifice, grace, virtue, and the sacraments -- all of which relate to the Eucharist. The reredos, the design of the marble altar and sanctuary, and the use of a Eucharistic chapel were considered innovative at the time; in fact, OLA was the first church building in the Archdiocese to reflect the liturgical changes of the Second Vatican Council.      The stained glass windows and the 172 small windows in the OLA church were designed and executed by the late Professor John Tatschi, a professor at the University of New Mexico. The large stained glass window in the chapel is very symbolic. It pictures Christ in the winepress, which symbolized his passion and death on the cross. In the Last Supper, Christ offered himself to be sacrificed on Good Friday; he redeemed us by this sacrifice of the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. The priest, in Mass vestments, holds a chalice to receive Christ’s blood, and this teaches us that all of the graces of our redemption come to us through the Mass, the Eucharistic sacrifice. The wine barrels signify that the Church is the mystical wine cellar, where the redemptive Eucharistic graces are stored to be distributed to her people.      Fr. Hammer led the OLA Parish for 15 years, from 1960 to 1975. In March of 1975, Fr. John Rebold became pastor and stayed until 1980. Under Fr. Rebold’s leadership, the first Vietnamese Catholic Community was founded in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.      In 1980, fr. Ronald Bruckner was assigned as pastor. His visionary style of recognizing the need to expand the parish facilities moved the parish offices from the rectory to the convent building. Fr. Bruckner oversaw the addition to the parish office of the Merrifield Meeting Room, which was completed in 1985.      After seven years Fr. Bruckner was assigned as pastor of our “sister parish,” Our Lady of the Annunciation. In June of 1987, Fr Luis Jaramillo became pastor. Under the leadership of Fr. Jaramillo, many additiona changes were made to the parish of “my dear and beautiful people,”primarily the strengthening of the Hispanic ministry and Spanish Mass. The cry room in the church proper was reconstructed and completed in 1993. Fr Jaramillo was pastor and liturgical leader of OLA for 15 years until his retirement in June of 2002.      Shortly after Fr. Jaramillo came to OLA, Fr. Mike Cimino was assigned as Parochial Vicar and has been with OLA ever since. May people have ofter referred to Fr. Mike as a “saint” on earth. He faithfully celebrates Mass, hears confessions, visits shut-ins at hospital and nursing homes, makes home visits, counsels parishioners, and participates in school activities. Fr. Mike is truly loved and appreciated for his devoted service to OLA parish.      Father Edward C. Domme was assigned as pastor to OLA Parish in July 2002. As a past graduate of OLA School, and coming from one of the parish fonding families, he is a homegrown product of Our Lady of the Assumption.      Since Fr. Domme’s arrival, OLA Parish and school have seen many welcomed improvements. Most recently, in preparation for the 50th anniversary, two sites in the parish were improved. A reconstruction of the roof of the cry room was competed, and a large bronze sculpture of Our Lady of the Assumption was installed above the cry room entrance. In addition, with the support of the Knights of Columbus, a beautiful grotto was built on the north side of the church to honor Our Lady, in whose name the church was dedicated.      Indeed, the history of our much loved church and school reflects the strong leadership of each of our pastors and the vibrant faith of the entire OLA community. The original architect of OLA Church was correct when he described it as the result of “a simple prayer.”