When a church is newly built, desecrated, or in a major way restructured, it must be blessed in a solemn way before worship can take place within. There are different levels of blessing, including dedication and consecration.
Today the church called Old St. Patrick will be consecrated with the old Pontificale Romanum.
His Excellency Robert Finn, Bishop of Kansas City will do the honors.
Last night I stopped in at the church with friends who are hosting me here in KC.
At that point there was a lot of work to be done, but I was getting done!
A lot of the work on the church has been done by volunteers.
Cleaning the street before the ceremony.
Things still need to be assembled. I am told the confessionals were built yesterday.
A bishop’s cathedral from the 20′s has been resurrected.
The heavy cleaning will really get done now that the sisters have arrived in their work habits, with lots of rags and buckets.
The church is a real gem, after its $1.5 million dollar restoration.