Category Archives: Built of Living Stones

Built of Living Stones 211-214: Accessibility

These four sections outline the US bishops’ directives on ensuring that “full and active participation” is possible for every person. BLS 211 backs it up with a Biblical reference, a statement from the US bishops from the 70′s, as well … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 206-210: The Site Plan

Let’s take a look at “The Design of the Church and Its Surroundings: Special Concerns” § 206 § The unity of God’s people is both expressed and brought about in the gathering of the eucharistic assembly.(Lumen Gentium 11) Since the … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 205: Collaboration

Mutual dialogue is touted. But dialogue, by definition, is mutual. Preaching is one-way. Usually. Anyway, the bishops suggest the pastor, parishioners, and hired professionals all get along in such a way so as to fashion a place of “sacred beauty.” … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 202-204: Compensation and Professional Standards

Pay for good work, and don’t be dismayed over it: § 202 § Excellent designs can be brought to beautiful completion only by competent and trustworthy professionals. These professionals have a right to compensation that matches the expectations of the … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 201: The Contractor

Make sure the contractor is sound … § 201 § Parishes will search for contractors who exhibit skills appropriate to the scope and significance of the project and who are properly licensed and insured. Candidates should demonstrate their ability to … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 199-200: The Liturgical Consultants

The liturgical consultant is a key professional, especially if the architect is less acquainted with the demands of liturgy. And sometimes, even if she or he is. § 199 § The construction of a church building cannot be undertaken without … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 198: The Architect

The architect is a key person in a building project. § 198 § The architect, the primary agent of design, has an essential role in the building or renovation project. In choosing an architect, the parish will look for someone … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 196-197: The Role of Professionals

Practical advice on the professionals that will almost always be hired to assist a building project: § 196 § In deciding to employ professionals, and in hiring specific people, the parish must be aware of any diocesan directives and requirements … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 193-195: Surveying Existing Churches

The bishops recommend a fmailiarity with good work done elsewhere. Sound advice: § 193 § Before people make architectural and liturgical decisions, they need some experience of the broad spectrum of architectural designs already in new and renovated churches. People’s … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 191-192: Priorities and Stewardship of Resources

Are the bishops overly optimistic about this? § 191 § Since the building of a place of worship has serious financial implications, wise stewardship of resources demands that the parish establish liturgical, spiritual, artistic, and social priorities upon which financial … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 190: Liturgical Education

What sort of catechesis will be needed in a parish? § 190 § As part of the self-study, the parish will want to develop a process for liturgical  education. While the actual content will vary from one parish to another, … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 187-189: The Parish Self-Study

Preface § 187 § By their design and construction, church buildings serve the rites of the Church and the devotion of the people, fostering their encounter with God who dwells in all holiness,(SC 122) and reflecting the faith of the … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 185-186: The Parish Pastoral Council, the Parish Worship Committee, and the Finance Council

Standing councils and committees get a role: § 185 § Each of the key parish committees oversees the various aspects of parish life and continues to work during this major parish activity. As the building or renovation project progresses, these … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 183-184: The Parish Building Committee

The bishops don’t footnote it, but they presume there will be a committee to assist the pastor in his oversight of a building project: § 183 § Depending on the organization of the parish, a building committee will be formed … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 182: The Pastor

In BLS 182-195, we’ll cover “Roles Within the Parish,” starting today with the key person, the pastor: § 182 § The pastor is vital to the building or renovation of a parish church. The pastor shepherds the community through the … Continue reading

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