THE PUBLIC is being urged to help pay for a new altar in the Sacred Heart Church at the Crescent in the city, which is estimated to cost some €6,800.
Canon Wulfran Lebocq, Institute of Christ the King, which owns the church, has outlined in a public fundraising campaign that money is still being sought for the church’s restoration, estimated to cost some €100,000.
He said currently some €6,800 is being sought by their community, which he described as being “poor”, to “help install an elegant altar for the Glory of God and the admiration of all in the Sacred Heart Church in Limerick”.
The new wooden altar will replace the current “makeshift altar that currently sits atop our altar steps”.
Canon Lebocq said when they acquired the church “there were neither pews, statues, Stations of the Cross nor a tabernacle. Thanks be to God and thanks to your prayers and support, the Sacred Heart Church is definitively coming back to life and refurbished for the greater glory of God. Our latest part of the restoration was the installation of a beautiful tabernacle and of 12 chandeliers.
“Our community is poor, but does not see that as a sufficient excuse to refuse to produce something beautiful for the Christian faithful. After all, God is the source of all beauty,” he said.
The Institute of Christ the King bought the former Jesuit Church on the Crescent, following the death of a Galway developer who at one time had planned to turn it into an opulent spa and leisure centre. However, upon the purchase, the interior of the church had been emptied of its liturgical furnishings, including the original altar. “We hope that all lovers of splendour will be moved to donate to our next project. In helping us, they will be responsible in part for putting something beautiful back in the world,” said Canon Lebocq.
To donate log on to www.gofundme.com/es3xqt7c
Some €200 has been raised to date through online donations.
The blessing of the altar is scheduled for November 20 before the 7pm mass, by Monsignor Wach, Prior General of the Institute.
A lack of vocations was blamed for the Jesuits’ decision in 2006 to close the church - which dates from 1865.