LAKE PLACID — The rock upon which this church is built now includes a little Lake Placid granite.
With massive renovations complete, St. Agnes Church on Hillcrest Avenue in Lake Placid enjoyed a dedication ceremony recently with a new look and a solid foundation for decades to come.
“In reality, the process began back in the 1970s when the Vatican Council called for significant changes in the liturgy,” the Rev. John Yonkovig, pastor of St. Agnes, said.
Yonkovig said that at that time plans were drawn up, but instead of renovations to the church — due to a lack of funds — the main goal was to keep the school up and running.
“But every pastor since the 1970s on has given thought to renovating the church.”
Fast forward a few decades later, and the plans had turned into a realistic goal. The immediate renovating process began about 18 months ago when parish and finance councils gave the project a green light. Yonkovig said the edifice needed some significant changes, such as opening up the sanctuary to allow people to gather around the altar. And speaking of the altar, a new one was also needed to replace the four or five that had been used over the years.
“It was the feeling that now was the time to put a significant altar in that carries the weight of what an altar should be about,” he said.
The firm of Baker Liturgical Art, a well-known church-restoration company based in Connecticut, was hired to oversee the renovations. A committee of six was formed to negotiate what designs were best suited for St. Agnes.
“Some ideas would have worked anywhere in the United States, but the Adirondacks are a particular part of the country — we love the mountains and forest — and we wanted that represented inside our church,” Yonkovig said.