Diedre Waddington, our architect and Peter, pictured here prepare to dig hole, in the sanctuary!
They are searching for piers, to support the steel girder construction which will form the base for our altar. It is technically not possible to put in stone foundation.
We drilled a hole in one of the legs of our existing altar and discover it was plastered breeze block, that nasty cheap cinder composite building material, not very worthy. We are going to remove the legs and make a wooden support for the mensa and use that until such time as we can afford to build a proper stone altar, I know that doesn't sound much more worthy but it is all we can do at the moment. At least wood is a natural substance.
(Canon Joe Flannagan and Fr John O'Sullivan flanking the then Bishop Bowen at the consecration of the present altar)
It seems so extraordinary that a bishop would consecrate such an altar - made out of cinder breeze block! I know that the definition of a fixed or permanent altar is simply that it is fixed or permanent, is something made out of cinder breeze block permanent? The stone mensa was consecrated but can you actually consecrate breeze block - does it work?
Mass this evening sounded strange, the absence of the lino made a real difference to the acoustic, and the Church was full of dust.