A view of how it looked after 18 years of being closed:
FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR OF SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER IN AUGUSTA, GA PRESS THIS SENTENCE.
At the end of this post is a very brief video from the Augusta Chronicle website of the National Day of Prayer in Augusta on May 3rd. There are several things here that are odd and fascinating:
1. This Church was closed by the Diocese of Savannah in 1970 (and it was the symbol of Catholicism in Augusta and remains that even though so many years have passed since it closing) and Catholics can only use it for wedding receptions and the like.
2. It was sold to the Knox Foundation in 1986 and in desperate need of restoration. This practicing, philanthropic Methodist/Episcopal family sunk a couple of a million dollars in it to restore it and make it into a secular meeting place for any and all kinds of events including religious services of all types and some rather sad and unseemly events to be had in such a sacred, Catholic looking place.
3. The Knox family restored it as it looks, it could be used as a Catholic Church and for Mass at any time although it has not be used for such in 40 years. However, I did celebrate Solemn Sung Evening Prayer there for the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Church in the year 2000 and it was very Catholic! I also organized an interfaith prayer service there the on the first year anniversary of 9/11.
4. The Day of Prayer in the video below is ecumenical, but the music ministry and leadership for it is from the predominantly Catholic charismatic covenant community in Augusta called the Alleluia Community. It is their music ministry you hear.
5. The last speaker, the honorable Judge Danny Craig (he's only introduced and then the video ends) and former District Attorney in Augusta is related to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, a practicing Catholic and he and his parents were former members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and amongst those most disheartened by the its closing in 1970.
The video is very amateurish and short with a commercial preceding it. Sacred Heart Church was designed by the same Jesuit Brother who designed St. Joseph Church here in Macon, my parish. I often went to Sacred Heart as a child for Mass.