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.

Chapel renovation is final phase of seminary work

Lisa Johnston
Father Jason Schumer, director of worship and assistant professor of sacramental and liturgical theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, led Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on a tour of the chapel in the early stages of its renovation. The sanctuary furnishings and pews have been removed and the project is expected to be completed in late spring 2015. The renovations include changes to the sanctuary and nave. A new altar, ambo, and presider’s chair are among other improvements.

Echoes of hammering and drilling filled the normally quiet respite of the St. Joseph Chapel at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury late last month.

Father Jason Schumer, director of worship at the seminary, stopped by to check out the work of removing the pews and to explain the efforts underway at what is known as the heart of the seminary. "The guys spend at least a couple hours a day here," Father Schumer said.

Old Cathedral called 'the heartbeat' of Arch grounds

A rendering shows that the Old Cathedral’s walls, ceiling and columns will be repainted to reflect decorative schemes that date back to the Victorian era. Interior restoration, extensive stone repair outside and work on the steeple are being done on the building known as St. Louis’ oldest treasure.

The Basilica of St. Louis King of France, better known as the Old Cathedral, is considered the heartbeat of the Arch grounds, and the church's restoration is an important part of a project to connect and reinvigorate those grounds.

Maggie Hales, executive director of CityArchRiver 2015, made that remark at a gathering June 3 at the Old Cathedral sponsored by the Campaign to Restore the Old Cathedral. Work on the restoration is progressing, with scaffolding showing evidence of the progress. Some $7 million has been raised, and $2 million more is being sought.

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