The Most Rev. Terry R. LaValley, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, oversaw the blessing and dedication of the new altar with the pouring of the oils of the Sacred Chrism.
“It’s a powerful rite,” Yonkovig said. “Most people have never seen the blessing of an altar.”
The cost of the renovations totaled about $700,000.
“We feel that the renovations have put the church in shape place for the next 50 to 75 years,” Yonkovig said.
Yonkovig and the parish are more than pleased with all of the results.
“Some were quite anxious at first,” he said. “But, you know, it’s a beautiful old church, and we’re just thrilled with the finished product. I offer my gratitude to the people of the village who have been so supportive in making this come about, to their great love to the parish and their faith.”