Friday, September 28, 2007

The show will go on...

The temporary injunction was lifted so the show will go on. See this article on

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More on the Ivory injunction

See this page at for today's news.

A note from today's article:

In addition to barring "live performances directed to an adult audience rather than the general public," the special warranty deed signed by Allen, Rothschild and a representative of the St. Louis City Catholic Church Real Estate Corporation restricted the new owners from using the St. Boniface name and spells out other conditions.

Note: I am not a lawyer, but I did find this legal definitions site for more information on types of deeds. Not enough info? Ask your friendly, neighborhood Missouri lawyer to explain.

St. Boniface, as well as other St. Louis area churches, open or closed, exist as corporate entities formed by the Archdiocese. To see the St. Boniface corporate documents, check the Missouri Secretary of State's office.

Will the show go on tonight? Stay tuned as Judge Philip Heagney decides today if the curtain rises.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ivory theatre opening photos

See this page for photos. More will be available later when my professional photographer can visit.

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Ivory theatre opening night...not exactly

The doors were polished, and so was the gleaming wood concession stand that greets you when you walk into the Ivory Theatre formerly St. Boniface Church. However, when I went to purchase a ticket to see the initial performance, Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll, there weren't any available. The show had been shut down around 5:30PM, according to a reporter from the Post-Dispatch as a result of an injunction by the St. Louis Archdiocese. Details should of the exact nature of the shutdown available here.

I had the pleasure of being escorted through the theatre this evening by Mr. Mike Allen who showed me the work that was done and the amenities added, renovated and prepared. It truly has turned out to be an amazing stage venue.

Photos will be available shortly at

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Ivory Theatre opens tonight

See this story in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch with photo.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

One more day

St. Boniface becomes the Ivory Theatre tomorrow with its first show. I don't have tickets to the first presentation, but I may go to see if any are available that day.

More photos and details will be here when they are available.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Fr. Rico Garavaglia

This obituary was posted today. Fr. Rico was pastor of St. Boniface from 1986-1989. Father was a bright and demonstrative fellow from the Hill who brought his family along with him, and his father and his uncle did a great many chores around St. Boniface.

According to a separate note in the Post-Dispatch, Father Rico apparently died of a heart attack.

Our condolences to Robert and Rosemary, his siblings and his niece Mary and nephew Robert.


Garavaglia, Fr. Rico 'Henry J.' baptized into the hope of Christ's Resurrection, Friday, September 21, 2007 in his 44th year of Priesthood.

Dear son of the late Charles J. and Lena (nee Pisani) Garavaglia;dear brother of Robert Garavaglia and Rosemary (Leo) Sandhofer;dear uncle of Robert Paul (Cathy) and Mary A. Sandhofer; dear loving great-uncle of Maya and Simon; dear nephew, cousin, and friend, especially to the Sisters of Mercy. Masses Preferred.

Services: The Visitation will be held at St. Ambrose Catholic Church on Tuesday, September 25 from 4-8 P.M., and then on Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. with the celebration of Mass at 10:00 A.M.

Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. for listing with photo.

A service of CALCATERRA FUNERAL HOME (771-3383)

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Ed Gray

Fr. Jim Gray, the last pastor of St. Boniface, lost his father this past weekend. The online obituary with photo is located at the Toledo Blade web site. Our condolences to Father Jim and his family today.

Text is below.


GRAY Edward W.
Fortified by the sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Edward W. Gray of Maumee passed quietly at the age of 82.

He was born September 14, 1925, in University City, MO, the third child of James F. Gray and Mary Ann (Boyle). Ed was known throughout his life for his generosity of spirit, his sense of humor and his deep faith. Ed was a graduate of McBride High School ('43) and Saint Louis University Law School ('49). He was also a WWII veteran serving as a radioman in the U.S. Army Air Force. He worked for 45 years as a sales representative for Brown Shoe Co. of Clayton, MO.

Aside from sending plays to Notre Dame football coaches, his favorite pastime was telling adventure stories to his grandchildren, Liz and Reilly Gray; Patricia, Katherine, Ginny and Michael Varraveto; Hannah and Caroline Gray; Ellen, Abby, Jack, Bridget and James Napoli; Frances, Margot and Audrey Barrera. He also took great pride in the accomplishments of his many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his oldest brother, Bro. James F. Gray, S.M. and infant daughter, Mary Immaculate Gray.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Virginia (Reilly); his brother, John B. (Theresa) Gray of Florissant, MO and his eight children, Ed (Jane) Gray of Grand Rapids, MI, Fr. James C. Gray of St. Louis, MO, Mary Virginia Gray of Toledo, OH, Steven (Nancy Grant) Gray of Winnetka, IL, Tish (Dominic) Varraveto of Leawood, KS, Jean (Chaz) Napoli of Shaker Heights, OH, Margaret Ellen Gray of Shaker Heights, OH, Kate (Patricio) Barrera of Manhattan Beach, CA and close family friend, Mary Galvin of Toledo, OH. Ed is also survived by his special friend, John Dowling of Maumee, OH.

Visitation will be held at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Tuesday from 2-9 p.m. where a Rosary will be recited at 7:45 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the mortuary followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joan of Arc Church at 10 a.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Ed's name to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, St. Joan of Arc Parish, Toledo or any charity of the donor's choice. The family also asks that if you have an Ed Gray story be sure to tell it to a friend. Please view and sign the "online guest registry" at

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Doris Krull

To some folks, Doris Krull was a friendly face at an early Mass. To others, a wonderful neighbor, mother and volunteer, and to some of us who were at St. Boniface School in the 1970s and 1980s, she was one of the ladies who made sure we got lunch and stayed out of trouble. Through everything, she was a woman for her family and others who was ever present in her parish.

Our sincere condolences to the Krull family today.

Doris May (Braun) Krull

Krull, Doris May (nee Braun), fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, on Sun., Sept. 16, 2007. Beloved wife of Leo P. Krull, Sr.; dearest mother of Karen Trigg, Leo P. (Becky) Krull, Jr., Patricia (Michael Hines) Delisle, Jane (Russ) Maddock, Charles (Darlyn) Krull and Diane (Ron) Catalano; dear sister of Judy and Aaron McKenzie; our dear grandmother, great-grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend.Services:

Funeral from HOFFMEISTER SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL, 1515 Lemay Ferry Rd. on Wed., Sept. 19 at 9:30 a.m. to St. Andrew Church for 10 a.m., Mass.

Interment J.B. National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Assn. appreciated. Visitation 3-9 p.m., Tues.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Prayers, reuse

Please pray for Fr. Jim Gray and his family. His father, Ed is gravely ill.

St. Boniface church becomes the Ivory Theatre in 10 days.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Countdown to reuse -from church to theatre

At the end of this month, St. Boniface will become the Ivory Theatre with its first performance. New Line Theatre will be running the productions there.

To see photos of the construction going on, see this page at

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Friday, September 07, 2007

In the news, etc.

It's been news for about a month, but it was in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today:
CCBF's Sr. Marie Charles Buford to retire

Sister is a great asset to Carondelet and will continue to work behind the scenes doing grant writing. Best wishes on your retirement!

Most of the St. Boniface folks who meet on Fridays after the 8AM Mass at Immaculate Conception in Maplewood are doing well. They requested prayers today for Doris and Leo Krull (who are neighbors of a couple of folks) as they are both sick.

Also, Immaculate Conception will be hosting their annual fund raiser, the Country Fair, on Sunday, October 7. Check out IC's weekly bulletin for more details (this PDF is updated weekly).

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