Altars and Relics

Some people may remember a time when altars had set into the table an ‘altar stone’.  The stone often had set into it the relic of a saint. In early times, churches were often built over the tombs of martyrs, whose sacrifice reflected and honoured Christ’s own sacrifice.  St Peter’s Basilica and the Basilica of … More Altars and Relics

Hear the Difference

Carmel Bulletin, 1 October 2017 The visual difference to our church since demolition work began is obvious, but have you noticed any aural (sound) difference? The removal of the carpet has changed the acoustics of the building.  Soft furnishings, like carpet, absorb sound, while sound bounces off hard surfaces like brick, timber and stone.  The … More Hear the Difference

Church Renewal: The Entrances as Functional Spaces

Carmel Bulletin, 18 October 2015 Within the design concept for the renewal of our church, new doors will improve the flow of movement between the church and parish centre, as well as the natural light under the choir gallery. Light is a natural symbol of the presence of Christ.  We are fortunate to have a … More Church Renewal: The Entrances as Functional Spaces

Church Renewal: Reflecting the Importance of the Entrances

Carmel Bulletin, 11 October 2015 Within the design concept for the renewal of our church, new doors will improve the flow of movement between the church and parish centre, as well as the natural light under the choir gallery. Architecturally and symbolically, doorways and thresholds are significant places, linking two different kinds of space.  In … More Church Renewal: Reflecting the Importance of the Entrances