Altar hand-carved by parishioner installed at St. Paul Parish in Belleview

St. Paul National Catholic Church in Belleview recently installed a new altar that was hand-carved by parishioner Bruce Russell.

From left, Dcn. Angelo Pierro, Fr. Mark Niznik, Bishop Stanley Bilinski, Fr. Tom Basta and Dcn. Gail Lazenby pose with the new altar at St. Paul National Catholic Church in Belleview that was hand-carved by parishioner Bruce Russell.

The formal ceremony, which was held Thursday, May 10, and was conducted by Bishop Stanley J. Bilinski of the Western Diocese, involved deconsecrating the old altar, which had been in place for nearly two decades. That was followed by installation and consecration of the new altar, which features depictions of the Last Supper and representations of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), as well as Alpha and Omega symbols.

The new altar is expected to serve the church for many years to come.