Three churches have been part of Beaver Dam's history: St. Michael, St. Patrick, and St. Peter. A number of years ago, as part of our ongoing Planning Process here in the archdiocese, those three historic parishes became one, under the patronage of St. Katharine Drexel, but kept the three church buildings.
The painful decision was then made, a couple of years ago, that, given the high cost of keeping all three sites open, with fewer priests, and with the desire to bring all the Catholic community in Beaver Dam together as one each Sunday for the Eucharist, it would be best to close the St. Michael site.
I assumed that we are "together as one each Sunday for the Eucharist" without regard to the number of churches or the number of masses at each church. The Archbishop makes it sound like the goal would be to eventually have all the Catholics in Beaver Dam attending a single Sunday Mass.
Update: In the Comments, Karen Marie Knapp and I segue into church architecture, and she asserts,
That's one of the things that became much more explicit in recent times; there was a period in the 1600-1940's when altars were out of fashion and there was just a ledge or outcropping on the wall that was called an altar (with a symbolic small square of stone to remind one of what an altar was supposed to be.....)
Consulting my Encyclopedia Britannica (11th Ed.), I see a more or less opposite account of history.
At the Reformation, the altars in churches were looked upon as symbols of the unreformed doctrines, especially where the struggle lay between the Catholics and the Calvinists, who on this point were much more radical revolutionaries than the Lutherans. ... orders were given soon after that the altars should be destoyed, and replaced by movable wooden tables ...
While the practice then changed to a stationary table, the distinction between altar and table remained clear.