Starting with today’s post, we’ll look at the various roles within a parish as we examine BLS 180-195 “The Role of the Parish Community,” a broad introduction to this subsection, gets two relatively brief paragraphs:
§ 180 § The entire parish is an integral part of the needs assessment and the development of priorities, which are the first steps of a process that will lead to a decision about building, renovating, and expending parish resources. While some decisions in the process will be made by committees, the decision and the design should never become the exclusive project of a small select group.
A greater danger is that decisions will be made, without much discernment, by a single individual.
§ 181 § When a parish is determining the need for a new church or for the renovation of an existing church, a thorough self-study and educational program is part of the needs assessment process. In that study the parish community reflects upon what it is, and what it hopes for in a new or renovated church. This is essential to enable the community to give direction to the architect and other professionals who will design the building.
This could be footnoted from the Rite of Dedication of a Church–this thorough catechesis is part of what the univeral church urges of the local faith community.
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