Rebuild my church: volunteers restore New Mexico church

Photo: Eddie Moore/Albuqurque Journal From The Albuquerque News:  Seventy-five-year-old Dave Burgett shows up four or five times a week in Questa to shovel sand through a screen, winnowing out the large chunks so it can be used to make adobe bricks for the massive, weathered old church behind him. He is not alone. Dozens of [Read More...]

In Paris, a chance to see relics of Christ’s passion, including the crown of thorns

This is news to me:  The cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris is exposing relics of the Passion of Christ for the veneration of the faithful: the Crown of Thorns, a piece of the True Cross and one of the nails of the Passion will be exposed each Friday of the month at 3 pm, each Friday [Read More...]

“Whoa!”: church renovation in Madison, Wisconsin

From The Catholic Herald:  “Whoa!” That was the simple word of exclamation uttered by a young girl as she entered St. Mary Church in Fennimore on a recent Sunday morning. While the words used by others in the church may have been more sophisticated that day, the feelings were more than likely similar to those [Read More...]

Priest defends decision to host Paula Deen at church

Evidently, imperfect people should go elsewhere. Kudos to the priest for stating what should be plain to every Christian. Details, from Madison, KY:  The guest of choice for a Madison County church’s fundraiser is a woman who’s seen her fair share of controversy. But Father Jim Sichko stands behind his decision to invite Paula Deen [Read More...]

Shock: man caught on tape vandalizing LA Catholic church

From CBS in Los Angeles: Los Angeles police are looking for a man who vandalized a Catholic church in North Hollywood. Authorities said the suspect, who was caught on security camera, pushed over several holy statues and vases, as well as damaged paintings, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, which is located at 6153 Cahuenga Boulevard, [Read More...]

Back from retreat

Sorry for the long silence: I was away Friday night through Sunday morning at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, NY, on retreat with deacons from the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre, and the Archdiocese of New York. It’s a beautiful place—still blanketed in snow, despite the warming weather—and a good time was had [Read More...]

Wanted: one used tabernacle

The following email arrived in my inbox yesterday: I am on the building committee for Mary, Queen of Heaven in Jacksonville, FL. We are in the final stages of design for our new church and will be going out for bid within the month. We are looking for a used dual access tabernacle, that we [Read More...]

Vandals strike New Jersey churches

Details from The South Jersey Times:   St. Joseph was cut in half, St. Francis lost his arms and several other statues were vandalized at two Vineland Catholic churches, according to reports. Vineland police officers were dispatched Thursday to Christ The Good Shepherd Parish at Sacred Heart Church on Landis Avenue for a reported criminal [Read More...]

“God forgive me, but I hope the ones responsible for that altar are still in purgatory”

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post on beauty in churches, here’s a living example of a renovation gone wrong—and an effort to make it right. Last year, I posted on the remarkable renovation being undertaken at one Brooklyn parish, whose sanctuary looked like this: Now that’s changing. Here’s an update from the New York [Read More...]

“Catholicism is a religion of the senses”: why beautiful churches matter

I stumbled on this interesting review by Colette Arredondo of a new book by a leading Catholic architect, Duncan G. Stroik, who argues persuasively for traditional church design: Stroik seeks an architecture that is inherently Catholic. For him, the “form follows function” concept is at odds with the purpose of a church building, which needs [Read More...]