This was what St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, New Hampshire looked like when it was built:
“The people who only come to Mass once a year (on Christmas) will see this,” said the Rev. Eric Delisle, the assistant pastor. “Maybe seeing a renovated church could be a means of evangelization, draw them back to a church that’s beautiful again.”Frontiero said repair work and upgrades were necessary, so the restoration became part of the package.
The installation of the reredos, and initial painting and repairs have cost about $250,000. In total, the cathedral hopes to spend $1.85 million on a restoration that will include elevators, new rest rooms and repainting of the remainder or the interior.
The reredos comes from the Holy Trinity Church in South Boston. It had to be sawed into about 70 pieces and then reassembled in Manchester, at times with ropes and pulleys, said Golumbovic, whose companies Milan Church Restoration and Egan Restoration are doing the work.
“They’re going on the right track, to restore the beauty here,” he said. He said 95 percent of the reredos survived, but some parts had to be replaced. For example, a Jesus statue was missing three fingers. And most of the angels on the reredos had lost their wings.
Frontiero said he understands why the original reredos was removed 45 years ago and destroyed. Primeau had returned from the Vatican II Council, which called for a reorientation toward the Catholic laity.
The Church focus became horizontal, toward worshipers, rather than vertical, toward Heaven, Frontiero said. The restoration, he said, is not a step backward but a reinvigoration of the Catholic faith.
“My sense is Pope Francis, he would say ‘I’m glad you’re repurposing,’” Frontiero said. “He might be very pleased we’re not destroying the patrimony of the church.”
This is Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago before its wreckovation. Again, we see what Protestant reformers did to Catholic Cathedrals and churches in Europe as the Protestant Reformation was in full swing. This, however, was done by so-called practicing Catholics implementing something that neither Vatican II or Sacrosanctum Concilium asked or demanded. In fact, neither did Consilium demand this kind of stupidity!