Saturday, July 17, 2004

How a Canadian church was saved

In this case, the parish priest wanted to do an over-the-top modernisation but it just shows the importance of the faithful doing their homework and not believing everything that they are told.

How many Catholic Churches would have survived today if over-inflated quotes for restoration had been checked and audited? Dioceses love to say that the upkeep of a Church has become too expensive. Never believe a surveyer appointed by the Diocese.

Another photo of the interior of the former Church of Our Lady Immaculate and St Pius X in Bangor, North Wales.   The congregation moved to a former anglican church which now carries the title of St Mary and St James.   Seems the diocese in North Wales wanted to play down or forget the great dogma of the Immaculate Conception and the great reign of Pope St Pius X
(Pope St Pius X's Catechism is a wonderful and spiritually beneficial read!)

My house shall be called a house of prayer...


but the Diocese sold Our Lady Immaculate and St Pius X Bangor
 ...and it has been turned into the Black Bull Inn.

Leading layman demands an explanation- now.

BBC NEWS | Europe | Porn furore vexes Austrian leader

Thank you to the Johnstown Convention & Visitors Bureau

for this description (scroll down): of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church -- 801-803 Somerset Avenue, Windber

This church was founded by immigrants from Austro-Hungary and the current structure was built in 1927 by the Windber Lumber Company. Plans for this building were drawn by noted Johnstown architect Walter Myton after the congregation outgrew its brick-clad, wood frame structure built in 1901 as the first Byzantine Catholic Church in Somerset County. This Romanesque Revival Church's prominent features include domed central and paired side towers, as well as, a cladding of mottled tapestry brick.

Historic building! Byzantine Rite! National church!

Three reasons the Diocese would want to target this Church for closure. They say that the building detioriated; but who was responsible for the building?

A cancer research centre is to be built on the site. - Church should be faithful to own guidelines

Church held to account by conservationists: "In light of the impending demolition of Blessed Sacrament School and the proposed demolition of Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, the Diocese of Galveston-Houston should pause to look at its own guidelines before destroying these local landmarks. Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship, contains the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' official guidelines for constructing and renovating church buildings."

Retreat centre faces closure

"One of Canberra's most historic Catholic landmarks to close":

"Over the years, Blackfriars has become well known as a gathering place for Catholics of the Archdiocese and beyond and for members of other churches, including Anglicans, other faiths, including Buddhists, and various secular organisations and groups."

None of these ecumenical and inter-religious partners will rush to save a Catholic retreat centre. In fact, privately, they can't wait for its closure.

Incidentally, because so many religious houses closed in the seventies, eighties and nineties and their property sold, there are some religious orders who must be sitting on cash mountains. Why can't this money be used to save the parish churches?

My house shall be called a house of prayer...


... but you have turned it into a power station.
Solar energy facility, St Konrad's Church, Linz Austria.