Sunday, April 24, 2016

INSTEAD OF CELEBRATING MASS, SACRED HEART FORMERLY CATHOLIC CHURCH NOW CULTURAL CENTER IS...

Celebrating the garden

 This is on the front page of the Metro Section of The Sunday Augusta Chronicle. Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Augusta was closed in 1970 almost destined to be torn down but saved by a Methodist philanthropist who restored it with all its Catholic items to include altars and statuary (except pews) and renamed it Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Most Catholics in Augusta are glad that Sacred Heart is celebrating something! I predict, though, it will return to Catholic use one day; when I do not know, but mark my word...but Augusta is on the verge of a growth explosion and downtown Renaissance due to a number of issues surrounding homeland security and cyber security and a new visionary president of Augusta's prestigious Augusta University (now combined Medical College of Georgia and Augusta State University formerly combined and called Georgia Regents University, I graduated from there when it was Augusta College) poised to become a large destination campus centered downtown .

 See more photos from Chronicle staff photographers at augustachronicle.com.

ToDD BEnnETT/STAFF Visitors browse vendor booths during the Sacred Heart Garden Festival on Saturday. The festival continues from noon to 5 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. One-day tickets, excluding the garden tours, cost $10.

Virginia Allen zooms in on a spotted butterfly at the butterfly house. For more information on the specific gardens that are featured in this year’s tour schedule, visit the website sacredheartaugusta.org.

Lisa Thweatt snaps a picture of a butterfly with her cellphone inside the butterfly house at the garden festival.

9 comments:

TJM said...

Another Vatican II triumph!! Another empty Church!

Anonymous said...

Bravo TJM well said and how very true, the Church must renew itself this time by returning the TLM and all the pre-Vatican II sacraments, 50 years of self-destruction must come to an end and it will.

Jan said...

A sign of the times - it has just been announced that one-third of all Catholic parishes in North Wales will close by 2020, some immediately ...

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/04/22/a-third-of-catholic-churches-across-north-wales-are-to-close/

TJM said...

Jan, but according to the "progressives" Vatican II was a HUGE success. How can this be?

Jan said...

TJM, the progressives have all but progressed themselves out of the Church. There isn't much left. As for Vat 2, history will be the judge and if the proof of the pudding is in the eating, well, we know what that judgment is likely to be ... because we have only seen bitter fruit so far!

Anonymous said...

Father, the "population explosion" you speak of is basically in Columbia County and in Aiken County across the river. Richmond County grew hardly at all between 2000-2010. And some folks down there say St. Marys on the Hill is staring to lose members to St. Teresa's in Columbia County. So I don't see how Sacred Heart will be reopened as a church. The last Mass there was in July 1971, and aunt of mine was the last person to be married there (had a dispensation to do so because the closure was announced after the wedding date). Crime and racial polarization in Augusta still remain issues.

Anonymous said...

TJM, Vatican 2 is not to blame for Sacred Heart's demise in 1971---rather it was suburban sprawl into west Augusta and the Hill. Downtown Augusta became more commercial and less residential; the population could not support 3 Catholic churches downtown. And today, the Catholic population continues to leave Richmond County (Augusta) for Columbia County's lower taxes and less crime.

Anonymous said...

I know a former Catholic who used to go to dances here, and she said there would be piles of empty whisky bottles in the corner of the church. She liked doing the pelvic thrust in front of the altars. Good move Diocese of Savannah, you really built up the Catholic faith (as usual) when you sold this building for 40 pieces of silver and a self-congratulatory pat on the back for preserving historic sites

- signed the lowly narcissistic, psychopathic, trollish, sadist

TJM said...

Anonymous, another excuse for the Vatican Disaster II Church. Look, if they had true Catholic services faithful to the Church's tradition, people would have remained or driven back on Sunday for Mass. St. John Cantius in Chicago was down to 3 or 4 families and they re-instituted the Latin Mass, and bingo, it is now one of the most vibrant Catholic parishes in the Country. I drive from my heretic run parish in suburban Cook County where Haugen is de rigour to attend St. John Cantius' glories liturgies.