A Do-It-Yourself Project

Here's something to inspire those whose pilgrimage to the Ordinariate means they have to worship in temporary circumstances.

Elizabeth Surovic, one of the parish girls at Our Lady of the Atonement, and a Junior in The Atonement Academy, shows you how to build an altar! This was her project for the Girl Scouts Gold Award, and the results are pretty amazing.

Actually, you probably won't want one quite this big — her project was to build a twenty-four foot altar to be used for Masses during a recent Investiture for the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre which took place in San Antonio. The requirements were that it had to be big, it had to be dignified, it had to be portable, and it had to be able to be stored in a small space. That proved to be no problem for Lizzie! I'm sure the plan could be adapted to produce something a little bit smaller…

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Author: Fr. Christopher Phillips

Fr. Christopher G. Phillips is the pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served for the past twenty-eight years. He is the founding pastor of the first Anglican Use parish, erected in 1983 under the terms of the Pastoral Provision. Fr. Phillips was ordained as an Anglican for the Diocese of Bristol, England, in 1975. After serving as Curate for three years at St. Stephen Southmead, he returned to the United States and served in two Episcopal parishes in the Diocese of Rhode Island. In 1981 he left the Episcopal Church and moved with his family to Texas, where he was subsequently ordained as a Catholic priest in 1983. Fr. Phillips and his wife, JoAnn, have been married for forty years. They have five children, all grown and married, and three grandchildren.

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