7/7/13 – Church Renewal Process: Looking Ahead

Church Renewal Process

You will have noticed that this column in Carmel has been different in recent months as I have been in Europe.  As anyone who has been there knows, it is impossible to travel through that part of the world without seeing churches.

European churches that are younger than ours are not easy to come by.  Many of them are remarkable structures that have been even more remarkably appointed.  As I reflected on the many liturgical spaces that I saw, I kept returning to three key ideas that are relevant to our own work in the Church Renewal Process, which I hope to write about further over the coming weeks:

  1. All churches undergo renewal over time
  2. We have a long heritage as a Church of using beauty as a means of lifting people’s hearts and minds to God
  3. It is important for us to express our particular identity as part of the Carmelite family.

This Tuesday, our architect Jesse Mowbray will present to Fr Paul and the rest of the Church Renewal Committee the three potential design concepts he has prepared for the renewal of the liturgical space.  In the weeks that follow, the committee will engage in a process of discernment to settle on a single design concept that it will commend to the Pastoral Council, Carmelite Provincial Council and Bishop Anthony.  The concept can then be presented as the proposed design once formal approval is received from Fr Denis (Prior Provincial) and Bishop Anthony.

18/11/12 – Church Renewal Committee Report and Name Tags

Church Renewal Process

Church Renewal Committee Report

The Church Renewal Committee met this week with architect Jesse Mowbray.  Jesse outlined to the committee the terms of the Client and Architect Agreement and responded to questions.  The committee passed the motion that Fr Paul sign the agreement, which formally commissioned Jesse to develop three possible design concepts for the internal renewal of the church.  After completing exploratory work on the building, and spending time within the parish community during the rest of this year, Jesse will spend the first half of next year developing proposals of how the church can best be arranged to realise the vision articulated by parishioners through the consultation process.

Name TagName Tags

Following the recent formation workshops, Ministers of the Word and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have been issued with name tags.  As time goes on, name tags will be provided to other ministers and parishioners who request them.

Your name tag, of course, is only useful if you wear it!  Fr Paul would like to see everybody who has a name tag wearing it so we can all get to know each other a little more, and at least be able to call people by name more often.  It’s a simple way of strengthening our relationships with each other and building up our parish community.  So please remember to bring your name tag with you to Mass.