Posted June 9, 2008
IN THE MIDST OF OUR JUBILATION ABOUT THE BEAUTY OF OUR NEW ALTARS, WE HAVE RECENTLY HEARD A SOBERING TALE.
This is a photo of St. Mary Star of the Sea church in East Boston, MA. This church was closed in 2004 and stood empty for several years. The Archdiocese of Boston graciously donated the main and side altars of this church to Old St. Patrick several years ago and we have had them in storage since.
We have recently learned the horrendous fate of this church. According to news stories from Boston, the archdiocese closed this 1909 Romanesque church near Boston's Logan Airport and sold it for $850,000 in November 2006 to a photographer, Michael Indresano, who promised to turn it into condominiums and his own photography studio. Instead, Indresano resold the building weeks later for $2.65 million to a controversial Brazil-based Pentecostal congregation, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, which has been called a dangerous cult and linked to alleged fraud, money laundering, and child abuse in Europe and elsewhere.
This is a very unhappy end to this holy building. And learning it, only sharpens our gratitude and appreciation to Bishop Finn for saving Old St. Patrick and giving it the the Latin Mass Community for its on-going care. We can also only be gladdened that our new altars did not end up demolished and sent to the land-fill.
Posted May 24, 2008
THE MAIN AND SIDE ALTARS ARE COMPLETE! THEY ARE STUNNING!
We have much to thank Msgr. Bradley Offutt for, during his three years of directing the OSP building committee and all his wonderful advice. And for giving us the advantage of his vast experience in renovation and building. But, more than anything, we have to thank Monsignor for his choice of altars for the Oratory. At great expense of his time, he traveled to Boston on our behalf and toured many of the closed and closing churches of that archdiocese. Of all the available Catholic church furnishings available to us there, he chose the one shown below now fully installed at Old St. Patrick. It is magnificent. The photos don't do it justice. For the first time, it is now completely apparent that our small parish will have one of the most beautiful churches in the diocese. Since the scaffolding is still standing at the sides of the church, it is not possible to get decent pictures of the side altars. But, they are beautiful with majestic marble statues of the Blessed Mother on the left and the Sacred Heart on the right. The niches to either side of the altar will contain statues of St. Patrick and St. Bridget. They are being refinished at this time.
Below is a side view of the main altar which clearly shows some of the splendid detail.
This picture is from the back side of the main altar and show some of the beautiful detail including the little cherubs on the four corners of the central feature of the altar. It also shows some the beautiful metallic mosaic work on the altar in greater detail.
This is a view of the main altar slab. As you can see, the tabernacle door is missing. It is being refinished. Also missing is the altar stone. This stone will be placed and sealed in the altar during the consecration ceremonies scheduled for October 25, 2008. Everyone is looking forward to that great date.
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