From a reader about a parish in Williamston, MI:
I originally sent you this story 8 years ago, for the brick by brick file:
After decades with no crucifix and no tabernacle in the sanctuary (other than a processional cross), both were installed this week in anticipation of the Christmas season. This is a temporary solution, using what was available to us, but is definitely a great first step. Our parishioners (99.9% of them) are overjoyed, at least one even breaking down into tears. Our priest has been slow in steady, catechizing for over a year, in preparing for these changes and is truly to be praised and continued to be encouraged for working towards this.
As a reminder, this is what the church looked like after the initial renovation under Fr. Peter Clark (retired), returning the tabernacle to the central axis of the church, behind the altar, with the baldacchino from a private chapel on a budget of $0. Previously the tabernacle resided in a side chapel, there was no crucifix, and and the sanctuary space was mostly empty except for some quilts that served as backdrops during different liturgical times.
Fast forward 8 years and I received this picture of the new sanctuary after years of prayer, fasting, fundraising, and more prayer.
To your readers – never give up hope.