Syracuse board approves removing crosses from former Catholic church so it can become a mosque

Details:  A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque. More than 200 people had signed an online petition calling on the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board to [Read More...]

Archbishop dedicates restored church whose pastor “lost his life caring for his flock” during Katrina

From The New Orleans Clarion Herald:  It took a long time, but the parishioners of St. Nicholas of Myra now have their church back. On March 8, Archbishop Gregory Aymond dedicated the rebuilt church established in 1971 but shuttered since Hurricane Katrina’s waters wiped out everything but the steel beam frame, concrete slab and metal [Read More...]

First look: inside Brooklyn’s new co-cathedral

Renovation and restoration work has been continuing apace for many months, almost exactly one year after the big news broke.  Below, a first shot, with all the scaffolding removed. Dedication is slated for later this spring. The co-cathedral’s website, meantime, offers a video tour of the pre-restoration church, giving a hint of the rich architecture [Read More...]

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...]