The altar arrived yesterday and the work of setting it up began. I admit, I thought all there was to do was to fit the pieces together but it turns out to be significantly more than that. I'm not sure of everything, but some of it had to be sanded and will be re-stained, a piece of cabinet-grade plywood will be cut for a new top surface of the altar (the original shows wear and this will provide a stronger structural element), and a "stone" (15x15 in. piece of granite) added in the center.
Finally, the top piece will be moved up and set in place. It's going to be a tight fit between the top of the altar and the ceiling -- if only we had that steeper pitch of roof that Fr. McGrath wanted! It's also going to change the appearance of the Sanctuary dramatically.
It looks like the first Communion service using it will be Palm Sunday.