I enjoyed Annie Gowen's March 22 Metro article, "Deadlock Over Spiritual Expressions," about renovations at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community in Alexandria. But The Post photographed the outside of the church, not the inside. Taking pictures of the inside would have justified the pastor's renovations.

The church has putty-colored stone walls and vintage 1970s-style banners. The Stations of the Cross look as though they were painted by 6-year-olds using paint-by-the-numbers kits. The tabernacle is housed in a cramped chapel that has stained glass windows at ground level. It is dark, noisy and awkwardly situated. The carpet (1970s sea foam green) is worn, and the windows leak.

Some of my fellow parishioners find this design memorable, but most have been complaining about it for years. Contrary to what was reported, I do not feel a deep division within the parish. Most of the congregation wants to have a beautiful place to worship and serve the community. It is so ugly now that we don't invite people to functions at the church.

I do not live in an ugly place; why should Christ?




As a 20-year member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community, I oppose the proposed "renovations" to the church.

Our Stations of the Cross were painted by one of our youths a few years back. They are inspired and precious. They do not have the high price tag of an artist in Italy most of the parishioners know nothing about. The Rev. John C. Cregan seems to think that we need to spend a fortune on the works of others when our treasure is truly in our own back yard.

Why are we spending $400,000 on unneeded renovations when that money could help a lot of poor people? Charitable works -- not "things" -- are the true Gospel call.