Wednesday, June 27, 2007

St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

This is Interesting

Alex Fries sent me this picture of the second building od St. Peter's Church, in Norwalk, which was built in 1868. The parish apparently didn't last long, afterward. This shows that, even that far back, churches didn't always look like churches. I've learned that, sometimes, a parish, planning new buildings, would build the school first. It was easier to use a school building as a temporary church, than the other way around. In this case, they didn't last long enough to build another proper church.


I have a backlog of interesting things, that have come in during the last few days. At the moment, I'm waiting for some news ( Good, I hope ) When I get it, I might be able to start catching up fast.
By the way, one of my wonderful nephews just sent me a digital camera, just in time for an offered chance for a good outing among the churches of Toledo. That'll be after the first.
Bear with me. All hell is breaking loose, on a number of fronts. I'll be back when the fur and feathers settle.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Information Please?

This...the best word I can think of is...delightful building is in Norwalk. The sign, in front, says Sorrowful Mother Shrine. Anyone know anything about it?
Photo by Alex Fries.

Monday, June 11, 2007

No One Should Tolerate An Ugly Church

Have a look at this post at The Crescat. This sort of thing is happening all over the country. Time for the old-fashioned parishes with sanctuaries designed in the 60's to 80's to stop living in the past and join the post-modern world.

St. Winifrid

Anyone out there remember the Brother Cadfael mysteries?

St. Peter, Mansfield

A newspaper picture of the new church, and Fr. Schreiber, its pastor, from the time of its dedication, in 1917.


Congratulations to St. Patrick's on the completion of their renovation. Excellent work.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Immaculate Conception, Old South End, Toledo

Sts. Peter and Paul School, Old South End, Toledo

If you look closely at the left, you'll notice that the front was added on to the old church. The convent, at right, was demolished for a parking lot. Unfortunate, but I can understand that one.

Sts. Peter and Paul

These statues were donated to the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, in the Old South End, by Fr. Peter Dannenhofer, the parish's first pastor.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Quote of the Day

Father Daren Zehnle, on the discord in the Church after the Second Vatican Council. HERE'S the full post.

"Of course, very little of this discord probably would have arisen if people - both priests and laity - would have so much as bothered to read even a few snippets of the actual documents of the Council.
Much of the shifting paradigm in the Church today is a result, I firmly believe, of more and more Catholics readings the Council documents."

Old St. Stephen's, East Toledo

The church was built in 1898-1899. It, and the school, next door, were destroyed by fire in 1908.

Prayer Request

Please pray that I'll be able to summon up the energy to get Downtown and do some serious research. Energy has been a rare commodity, lately.

Sts Peter and Paul, Old South End, Toledo

This picture was taken sometime before 1926, when a fire heavily damaged the interior.

Sacred Heart School, East Toledo

Corpus Christi Processions

CORPUS CHRISTI EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION IS SUNDAY, JUNE 1OTH, 2007, after the 11:30 a.m. Mass. It begins at Tiffin St. Joseph Catholic Church to St. Mary's. The one mile procession will follow S. Washington St. to Frost Parkway to Clay St. to Miami St. to Frainklin St. to St. Mary's at 75 S. Sandusky ST. For more information, please call 419-937-3309

Thanks to Jay Anderson, of Pro Ecclesia, for the heads-up.

There will also be a procession from St. Hedwig to St. Adalbert, in North Toledo, following Mass, at St. Hedwig's. Mass will begin at 10:30AM, Sunday, June 10. The Mass will be in both Polish and English.


I have a lot of good pictures to scan. I'll post some tomorrow.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Old St. Mary, Norwalk

Photo courtesy of Alex Fries.

"Up to Date" is now Old Fashioned

And, as always in the Church, old is new.
Father Daren Zehnle, at Servant and Steward, has a good post on the subject of wearing copes. You don't see them very often these days, except on the Holy Father and on young priests who don't like the old-fashioned burlap vestments left over from thirty years ago. Good for them! Not many people do. In spite of the old line that people just don't like beautiful vestments, the reaction when a priest wears one tends to be favorable. In the good Father's words:

"Not once has someone told me they didn't like the cope. The contrary, though, is quite true. People like liturgical vesture and they have a right to see and enjoy it. It is part of the Roman Liturgy after all. Such vesture is beautiful and all things of true beauty lead to God, who is Beauty itself."

Have a look at the post. It's very good.

St. Joseph, Monroeville

The more I see of this place, the more I like it.
Photo by Alex Fries.


Saturday, June 2, 2007

St. Mary, Norwalk

Photo by Alex Fries.

Our Lady of Consolation, Carey

Photo by Alex Fries.

St. Paul, Norwalk

I've been trying to think of something good to say about this mess. Here goes. They left the windows over the sanctuary alone. The vaulting and the statues where the side altars were spared, too. That's about all I can say. The rest is disgraceful.
Whoever is responsible for this deserves a good swift kick in the hindquarters. There's no bloody excuse for this. I understand "Vatican II" directives were blamed. Don't try to shift the blame. I've read the documents of the Council and there's nothing in there to condone this vandalism. The people who touted such nonsense pulled it out of their hats, not out of the Council. Was there a reason to remove the original windows? Why is the crucifix exiled to the choir loft, to be replaced by the "resurrifix", usually a symbol of a parish that has big problems with fidelity? And what was the person who chose that color scheme drinking? What a mess!

Photos by Alex Fries.

St. Paul, Norwalk

As it used to be. I'd give anything to find out what happened to the painting over the door at the right. The side altars are very good, as is the lower portion of the high altar. The upper portion just doesn't seem to belong there.
Photo sent by Chip Valeriano.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Immaculate Conception, Old South End, Toledo

These six paintings are over the arches in the nave. They were installed in the late 1940's and each shows a young saint. From left to right, on top, are St. Theophane Vennard, St. Rene Goupil, and St. Venantius. At the bottom are St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Joan of Arc, and St. Agnes.

St. Joseph, Monroeville

St. Joseph's has an interesting set of Stations of the Cross. Never saw any quite like them.
Photos by Alex Fries.