November 26, 1996 |
The sanctuary at St. Michael's Church still smelled like smoke yesterday as the Rev. Allan Johnson-Taylor tended to the plumbers and electricians and other contractors who arrived throughout the day. There was much work to be done figuring out what repairs will be needed after the fire Wednesday that burned out the sacristy behind the sanctuary and destroyed more than $30,000 worth of vestments and other items. Inside the sanctuary, plaster, wood and other debris covered the chancel, and holes gaped in the wall and ceiling.
December 2, 1986 |
A FIREFIGHTER SWEEPS WATER out the front door of Annunciation Roman Catholic Church after a three-alarm blaze. The fire yesterday was confined to the sacristy of the church, at 10th and Dickinson Streets in South Philadelphia, and although several people were in the church, no injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.
November 1, 1990 |
Maintenance man Larry McCave surveys damage done by vandals on Mischief Night, the Eve of Halloween, at Our Lady of Help Christians Church on Allegheny Avenue and Gaul Street in Port Richmond. Big chunks of glass and foam from a fire extinguisher lie on the floor, and the vandals ripped the front off the century-old sacristy door. "I can't believe somebody would do this to our church," said Dorothy Szperka, a neighbor in the quiet row-home area.
November 27, 1987 |
More than 700 parishioners crammed St. Irenaeus Roman Catholic Church in Southwest Philadelphia yesterday for an unusual Thanksgiving service: They were grateful that they even had a church. A morning Mass welcomed worshipers back to the church, which had been closed for the last 15 months after arsonists set its sacristy ablaze on Aug. 26, 1986. The fire spread throughout the building and caused about $750,000 in damage. It was the fourth, and most serious, fire set there since 1982.
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August 26, 1986 |
A three-alarm fire caused heavy damage to St. Irenaeus Catholic Church on 73rd Street near Meadowlark Place, Southwest Philadelphia, early today. It was the third fire to strike the church in recent years. No one was in the church at the time, and no one was injured. The fire, which may have started in the sacristy, just off the altar, or in the dormer above, according to fire officials, was brought under control at 4:29 a.m. Although the cause of the blaze was not immediately known, the Rev. Nicholas Cudema, assistant pastor, said: "If this fire is the result of neighborhood vandalism, it's almost like these people don't deserve a church.
March 23, 1991 |
To break into a safe, most thieves need nimble fingers to crack the combination or an acetylene torch to cut through the iron door. So, when detectives Thursday received a tip that a man had been inquiring at auto-body shops for an acetylene torch after thieves heisted a quarter-ton safe from a church in Nicetown, their antennae shot up. In one shop, said Police Capt. Henry O'Neill, the investigators on the case, Sgt. Lou Kober and Detective John Kapral, got a description of the man making the inquiries.
February 18, 1987 |
Holy Communion was given at St. Philip-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church on Sunday, just as it is every Sabbath, but without the antique sterling goblets and plates that have graced sacred rites at the Oreland church for 43 years. During the service, the Rev. John Ivey Jessup 3d asked parishioners to recall the people in whose names donations of the valuable Eucharist instruments had been made to the church on Oreland Mill Road in Springfield Township. He also suggested that worshipers reflect quietly for a moment on whoever had stolen the silver items from a locked cabinet in the church sacristy 10 days before.
June 6, 1990 |
James Lombardo's hearing is failing a little, he has an ornery knee and a squinty eye, but otherwise, time appears to have done little to weaken the oldest altar boy in the history of St. Mary's Manor retirement home. When he kneels on the red velvet pad to ring the brass bells during Mass, Lombardo sometimes leans against the marble pillar to ease his descent. When he carries the cut-glass pitcher of wine to fill the priest's chalice, his steps verge on a shuffle. He is 94. These are the small concessions he must make to his age. Lombardo was somewhat mature to make a start as an altar boy. He was 77 and had just moved into St. Mary's Manor in Lansdale.
September 21, 1987 |
Not so long ago, the eminent pianist Claudio Arrau remarked that "concerts have replaced church. " Whether that is so, and it seems likely, the spiritual high an evening of Mozart can bring is surely equal to a good sermon. What Arrau didn't mention is how often churches routinely open their doors to classical music; the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany, which hosted the Mozart Society as it opened its eighth season last night, being only one of a long list of cooperative sacred spaces in this city.