Statues, altars, communion rails and other marble items have been removed from St. John the Baptist Church in Quincy [IL] and will be on their way to Minnesota today, leaving dust and plaster scattered on the floor of the 127-year-old building.
Monsignor Mike Kuse, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, did not say how much the items were being sold for, but admitted little profit is being made in the sale of the items. The goal, he said, is to put the items in other places of worship.
"It's not like you're making money on this stuff," he said. "The value is more in the hearts of people. [And the people are not happy about losing their church statuary, altar and decorations].
A crew from Straight Edge Construction Company in Quincy has been in the church since Aug. 16 helping remove the items from St. John and put them in boxes. Also on hand were two men from Kansas who were hired by Fynders Keepers out of Shawnee Mission, Kan., which finds and resells antique religious items for various Catholic church missions.
Kuse says the marble items have been sold through Fynders Keepers to a new chapel in a health-care facility in Minnesota. [....Snip] Quincy Herald Whig