A Catholic church cannot be a church without an altar. This is where the Holy Sacrifice takes place. This is where the host is transubstantiated into the Real Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our lives as Christians, and it is at Mass where we see the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
|Too bad we can't see (and use) the old high altar|
that's hidden behind the "new" altar.
|Now, if we could just get rid of that gauzy drape on|
the crucifix (which a friend has dubbed the "cruci-diaper")
Thankfully, the pastor of the parish was also appalled, and this type of thing is not seen there any longer!