Sunday, May 19, 2013

One Up, One Down

In the 'upstate' section of NY State, which has had disasterous leadership (in politics as well as in the Church), yesterday saw the consecration of a new Catholic Church.  Right down the block another Catholic Church is being demolished to be replaced by a Pricechopper.

Saint Ann's Maronite Catholic Church consecrated

St. Patrick's Church demolished

"WATERVLIET, N.Y. -- Bishop Mansour of Brooklyn was welcomed into the Church of Saint Ann Saturday morning as part of a formal consecration and dedication ceremony.

The historic building was built in 1850, but closed its doors in the 1960’s, and remained boarded up for years. Saint Ann's bought the building in 2004 and renovated it before opening this past December.

“We have restored the interior to its original design, including the organ,” said Rosemary Patnode, a lifelong parishioner of Saint Ann’s Church.

But while parishioners celebrated the new life of the church, only a few blocks away stands the partially fallen tower at Saint Patrick’s.

“It's a sad day for the parishioners of Saint Patrick's, some of those parishioners have discovered us and have joined our parish,” said Patnode."

Here is a biography of Bishop Mansour of Brooklyn and here is the website of the Eparchy of Saint Maron.

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