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A Wreckovated Church Gets Un-wrecked
New Liturgical Movement ^ | January 22, 2014 | GREGORY DIPIPPO

Posted on 01/22/2014 1:31:11 PM PST by NYer

The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, has begun the process of undoing the comically awful wreckovation to which it was subjected in 1980. Built and consecrated in 1878, the church’s original sanctuary looked like this. (Photographs from the parish's facebook page.) The first shows the original altar during a wedding, the second gives a better idea of the paintings on the back wall behind it.


It was changed to look like this.



No one will be surprised to hear that the comments on the facebook page linked above are overwhelming positive in favor of the proposed restoration. The administrator of Holy Name, Fr. Jim Cunningham, notes in the video below that the new arrangement of seven large… things sticking out of the floor reminded a lot of people of the transporter room on the USS Enterprise. (They were supposed, somehow, to represent the Seven Sacraments.) Towards the end of the video, he bravely demonstrates for the viewer the shabbiness of modern building materials.

Wreckovated Church - Video

Fr. Cunningham explains here that the Diocese of Brooklyn has donated to Holy Name an altar designed by the famous architect James Renwick, Jr. It was originally intended for St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but proved to be too large, and was therefore installed in St. Vincent de Paul, a recently closed parish in the Williamsburg neighborhood.

Restoration of Holy Name Jesus Church - Video

Here is the proposal for the completed restoration of the sanctuary, which is being done by Connecticut-based Baker Liturgical Art.

And here is the proposal for the back of the church and the organ loft.
The parish’s website has extensive documentation of the project, which will also see the renovation of several other parts of the church, including the baptismal font and the stained-glass windows. It has also been covered by the N.Y. Daily News. Congratulations to Fr. Cunningham, to all of the parish staff, and to His Excellency Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, for undertaking this beautiful and much-needed restoration. And likewise, kudos to the faithful who have superabundantly provided the funds needed to restore their church!

If you are undertaking a similar project of de-wreckovating a church, NLM will be happy to write about it. Send pictures, articles, links etc. to my email address, linked above on my picture.


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Worship
KEYWORDS: brooklyn; catholic; newyork; newyorkcity; nycbrooklyn; windsorterrace

1 posted on 01/22/2014 1:31:11 PM PST by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

The only one upset at the church restoration is the designer of the wreckovated church - a nun!


2 posted on 01/22/2014 1:31:57 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

Glad to see that evil is being reversed. Renovation is one thing, but that went beyond the pale.

And it was evil, turning the holy into something trivial, the sacred into something banal.

I’ve often thought that’s one “reform” that has gone overlooked, or really not given the resistance it’s due. The beauty of the old church buildings served a vital purpose, to remind the parishioners that what occured on Sundays wasn’t some Broadway show for amusement. It’s worshipping the living God.

I’ve noticed too at times in churches with older architecture the assembly is more quiet before the start of the Mass than in “renovated” churches.


3 posted on 01/22/2014 1:43:57 PM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: NYer

Great post, thanks! (It really does look like the Star Trek thing-y)


4 posted on 01/22/2014 1:45:47 PM PST by jocon307
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To: FourtySeven

It’s actually quite similar to the changes made to the Mass.


5 posted on 01/22/2014 1:47:03 PM PST by piusv
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To: NYer

Looks great - the only regrettable thing is the presence of the Novus Ordo altar blocking the high altar in the back.

But at least there is a high altar again.

One day perhaps the Novus Ordo altar will be removed permanently.


6 posted on 01/22/2014 1:47:22 PM PST by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: NYer

What a tragedy that the beautiful church was destroyed in the first place. It is hard to find the same quality of workmanship today. The carving of the high altar was a labor of love to glorify the Almighty. When he gives you a talent, what better use can you make of it than to bring glory to the Lord?!


7 posted on 01/22/2014 1:47:56 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: NYer

You will notice that whenever a Catholic church is portrayed in movies, it is always a traditional one. Women in mantillas and priests granting absolution in Latin.


8 posted on 01/22/2014 1:51:53 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: jtal

Until that happens these are just external changes.


9 posted on 01/22/2014 1:54:47 PM PST by piusv
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To: informavoracious
You will notice that whenever a Catholic church is portrayed in movies, it is always a traditional one.

Yes, this used to always drive me crazy. I would always want to know - where is that church, so I can attend mass there!? St. Hollywood's.

Deo gratias, there is now an FSSP parish only 30 miles from where I live.

10 posted on 01/22/2014 1:55:07 PM PST by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: NYer
No one will be surprised to hear that the comments on the facebook page linked above are overwhelming positive in favor of the proposed restoration. The administrator of Holy Name, Fr. Jim Cunningham, notes in the video below that the new arrangement of seven large… things sticking out of the floor reminded a lot of people of the transporter room on the USS Enterprise. (They were supposed, somehow, to represent the Seven Sacraments.) Towards the end of the video, he bravely demonstrates for the viewer the shabbiness of modern building materials.

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LOL! It's funny now, but..

11 posted on 01/22/2014 1:55:30 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer

Certainly a big improvement. But it looks like they’re only doing what amounts to a half-restoration. I suppose that at this date it would just be too expensive to put it back like it really was before the vandals got to it.


12 posted on 01/22/2014 1:59:24 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: NYer

Ugh! So glad to see that it will return to it’s former glory. The aftermath was rather empty looking.


13 posted on 01/22/2014 2:05:56 PM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: NYer

The only one upset at the church restoration is the designer of the wreckovated church - a nun!

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That would be a nun who no longer wears a habit...right?


14 posted on 01/22/2014 2:20:18 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: informavoracious

Yes!, and you will also notice that whenever a Satanist cult wants to desecrate a church,they attack a Catholic one? And further, when they want to perform a Satanist ritual they try their hardest to get a consecrated host from a Catholic church. Do Satanists know something about the consecrated host that make them most eager to desecrate it? Why do they not enter some other Christian church and get a host from them to desecrate?


15 posted on 01/22/2014 2:22:34 PM PST by Gumdrop
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To: Gumdrop
"Why do they not enter some other Christian church and get a host from them to desecrate?"

You mean steal the bag of croutons?

16 posted on 01/22/2014 2:32:25 PM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Cicero
But it looks like they’re only doing what amounts to a half-restoration.

Is your comment based on the graphics printed above or on the video?

17 posted on 01/22/2014 2:57:05 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

Graphics above.


18 posted on 01/22/2014 3:07:05 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: FourtySeven

The initial renovation appears to be early Klingon Empire.


19 posted on 01/22/2014 3:11:35 PM PST by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Gumdrop

You know why! Because sometimes a wafer is...just a wafer.


20 posted on 01/22/2014 3:33:48 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: SumProVita

Also known as a “none.”


21 posted on 01/22/2014 3:36:06 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Rashputin

But your answer does not explain why the Satanists are so very determined to desecrate the consecrated host in a RC church. If it is “just a bag of croutons”. why do they care? That’s the part that is puzzling to me ab0ut Satanists. They want to destroy the host that has been consecrated.


22 posted on 01/22/2014 3:45:43 PM PST by Gumdrop
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To: informavoracious

OK. I will respond to you the same way I responded to the previous comment comparing it to “croutons”.

If the RC consecratedhost is only a wafer or only a crouton. my question remains the same - that is why Satanists hate it so much that they try to desecrate it and destroy it.


23 posted on 01/22/2014 3:48:53 PM PST by Gumdrop
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To: NYer; DixieOklahoma; reuben barruchstein; theprophetyellszambolamboromo; Alusch; house of cards; ...

Anybody been in this Church?


24 posted on 01/22/2014 4:23:11 PM PST by Coleus
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To: Gumdrop

I agree with you!


25 posted on 01/22/2014 5:14:46 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: NYer

Good start.

They need a communion rail, too.


26 posted on 01/22/2014 5:34:59 PM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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To: jtal
the only regrettable thing is the presence of the Novus Ordo altar blocking the high altar in the back.

If they wanted to have both the OF and EF Masses possible, they could have a freestanding altar that can be easily moved in or out of the sanctuary. There are parishes where this is done.

27 posted on 01/22/2014 5:39:16 PM PST by ELS
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To: Gumdrop
Well, obviously they believe a sacred host spiritually is the body and blood of Christ while a crouton is just a crouton.
28 posted on 01/22/2014 5:52:29 PM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: informavoracious

I agree. If the statues needed some renovation, that would have been OK; but to completely destroy the holiness and insert the profane is unforgivable.


29 posted on 01/22/2014 7:06:06 PM PST by DLfromthedesert (She accomplished nothing: should have stayed at home and baked cookies)
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To: jtal
Looks great - the only regrettable thing is the presence of the Novus Ordo altar blocking the high altar in the back.

I thought the same thing. The Novus Ordo altar is obstructing the high altar (symbolic of Calvary), and doesn't really fit in with the rest of the sanctuary. The Sanctuary is also missing a communion rail at which communicants can kneel to God. Other than those two things, the restoration of this sanctuary is wonderful.

30 posted on 01/23/2014 2:35:09 PM PST by old republic
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To: Rashputin
Well, obviously they believe a sacred host spiritually is the body and blood of Christ...

It's not just a spiritual change, but also a physical change as well. Every particle of a consecrated host and every drop of the wine in the chalice contains the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ in its entirety under the appearance of bread and wine. It's not just a symbolic "spiritual change" that occurs at the consecration, but also a change of the substance of the bread and wine that occurs at the consecration. After the consecration, it only appears to be bread and wine, but it no longer is.

31 posted on 01/23/2014 2:52:30 PM PST by old republic
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To: old republic
I understand and agree but from what I've read and heard the Satanist crowd see it in a somewhat different different light.

A twisted light for sure, but the question was why they want a consecrated host rather than something from a non-Catholic communion service, not what is the true nature of a consecrated host.

32 posted on 01/23/2014 4:43:12 PM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Coleus

Yes.

Thank God (and Father Cunnungham) that they are restoring the Church to its former dignity.


33 posted on 01/23/2014 4:46:56 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: informavoracious

Yes! And it is so nice to see.

The Church used in the TV show “Blue Bloods” is one such traditional church, St. Patrick’s in Bay Ridge. It has been unchanged since I attended there some 50 years ago.


34 posted on 01/23/2014 5:01:56 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: Coleus

Thanks Coleus.


35 posted on 01/23/2014 5:43:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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