Many times an obvious and substantial facilities need is daunting, and can pose a challenge to making progress. While often there is reason to postpone any changes until they can be coordinated and integrated into a comprehensive plan, there are also situations when it might be prudent to consider taking incremental steps towards a larger goal, or even to split a project into phases.
It's an ancient and profound dialogue shared between the priest celebrant and the assembly in every Mass: the Sursum Corda, the original Latin words of the Mass meaning "Lift up your hearts", or "Hearts up!".
While Catholics joke about the sit-stand-kneel rhythm of the Mass that we often refer to as Catholic calisthenics, it's easy for us to get into a monotonous routine and lose sight of the beauty and wisdom of the Church's intent for liturgical postures and gestures.
Often times parish improvements are postponed until they can be pursued as part of a large project. Here are a few suggestions for thinking about areas of your parish campus that might be closer to a facelift than you think.
to those who have been rightly taught that Vatican II in part sought to foster greater liturgical participation, entertaining the option of ad orientem today might indeed seem problematic. However, this ancient practice of the Church was never outlawed or changed by mandate.
Building a traditional church today requires education and formation for all involved to move beyond under-informed, simplistic, and emotional preferences that often drive so many of our personal opinions on church architecture.