Category Archives: Built of Living Stones

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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