Monday, January 5, 2009

Baltic See

While on retreat at the mother house of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, in Baltic, Connecticut, between Christmas and New Year's, I had the added delight of visiting Baltic's parish church, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception.

These shots that I snapped with my cell phone—the first two during Eucharistic Adoration, the rest after a morning Mass—give a hint of the Romanesque beauty of the church, which was restored a few years ago under the direction of its wonderful pastor, Father Joseph Tito.

During the restoration, Father Tito managed to acquire the altarpiece from a Brooklyn church that was being converted into condominiums. I believe the altar itself, as well as the tabernacle, were likewise acquired during the restoration, which gloriously undid a post-Vatican II wreckovation. Father Tito told me that the parishioners were so happy when the tabernacle was restored to the center after years of exile.

See what looks like a lace covering on the tabernacle? Look closer.

It's a trick of the eye. What appears to be lace is actually a clear gauze curtain over a marbleized lace frontispiece. The frontispiece actually was donated separately from the tabernacle and, providentially, fit it perfectly.

What a beautiful place to visit the Lord. I miss it so much already.