Talk to Saruman from Lord of the Rings. Maybe you can use his cloak.
how are things progressing thus far?
Things are making progress! We've had 5 different altar servers offer their services (4 young men and 1 middle-aged gentleman,) one person donated $100 worth of the little red missal booklets for our use, at least two priests have offered themselves, we have an email list of interested people growing daily, and in the next week or two a few strong, young men including Richard C will be testing to see if we can get our altar picked up and turned around.
Please pray especially for the success of the altar turning. Right now it's the thing on which our ability to proceed most hinges. We have a large, beautiful altar that is originally from the Basilica in Baltimore, but it must be turned around so that the altar stone would be in the proper place. This may be difficult since the space between the wall and our communion rail is almost exactly the width of the altar. We need to be able to move it back and forth without too much difficulty in order to make this happen.
Eventually, it would be a blessed to have all of our Masses at the chapel here (even the Ordinary) said ad orientem, but we're trying to take baby steps in order to be sure that it will happen.
Once we know that the altar will work, I will start trying to sew the maniple and humeral veil. (If anyone knows someone who wants to donate some fabric or their services as a talented seamstress, please let me know. I sew well enough, but I'm certain that someone more capable than myself is out there.)
Whew! How's that for an update? Thanks so much for your prayers, it's really incredible how everything has been coming together.