Category Archives: Built of Living Stones

Built of Living Stones 215-216: The Choice of Building Materials

Building a church? Build it to last: § 215 § A church building is a lasting expression of a faith community’s life. Because the church building is destined to endure, parishes and the professionals who assist them should ensure that … Continue reading

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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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