'This is the day'


In a pew with his family, young Liam Corley, age 6, watched intently as the events unfolded around the altar at St. Monica Church.

In the Rite of Dedication, Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso blessed the altar, laid in the rectangular marble stone containing a relic, then anointed the stone and the granite surface with sacred chrism.

As the choir, including Liam's sister, Emily, filled the church with song, Bishop Rivituso worked his way around the sacred table, spreading the blessed oil by hand and making sure all four corners and everything in between were covered.

Lowe’s aids St. Agnes sacristan by restoring altar

Ken Grant, a resident and a sacristan St. Agnes Apartments, a Cardinal Ritter Senior Services facility in south St. Louis, was looking to replace a worn-out altar. He got an older altar from the archdiocesan Reclamation Office that was restored, thanks to a community service effort at Lowe’s home improvement store.

God must have wanted a newly refurbished altar.

Or so it seems to residents of St. Agnes Apartments, a Cardinal Ritter Senior Services residence in south St. Louis. They enjoyed a series of fortunate events that led to a sorely needed replacement altar.

Ken Grant is one of two sacristans who set up St. Agnes' multipurpose room each Saturday for Mass, but the altar was unstable. In search of a replacement, Grant contacted Deacon Joe Streckfuss of the archdiocesan Reclamation Center, which stores items — such as altars — from closed parishes and other facilities for re-use in the future.

DEAR FATHER | Bells at Mass bring joyful noise to the Lord, focus attention on altar

We can trace the use of bells in the liturgy back to the liturgy of the Old Testament. In the Book of Exodus, the vestments of the high priest are described in detail. Among the ornamentation on the vestments are alternating pomegranates and bells (Exodus 28:33-35).

God instructed the bells to be sewn on the vestments for two reasons.

1) They were part of the joyful noise made to the Lord, as referenced in Psalm 98:4.

Carpentry skills lead to vocation call for seminarian

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“I was brought up just having a small skill set of everything, whether it was welding, carpentry or farming,” said Kenrick-Glennon seminarian Dane Westhoff said. He has used his carpentry skills to assist the seminary, by building altars and helping with the remodel of Mary, Mother of the Word Chapel. Westhoff prepared to cut wood for a project at the seminary.

The makeover in Mary, Mother of the Word Chapel on the second floor at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary started simply enough with a question of seminarian Dane Westhoff.

"Would that be out of your realm?"

"I'm pretty sure I could do it," he responded then.

"I used to be a carpenter; I knew just enough to be dangerous," Westhoff said recently, with a laugh. "I didn't technically do woodworking for a living, but I've worked with the tools."

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