Recently the parish installed seventy-two solar panels across the priory and church. Our action is part of a growing trend amongst homeowners and businesses to reduce both energy bill costs and reliance on fossil fuels.
The Church Renewal Committee has met twice in recent weeks.
For the first of these meetings, we invited an architect to join us for an initial conversation. The architect was recommended to us by Fr Stephen Hackett MSC, our liturgical consultant for the renewal process. A very productive and fruitful discussion was had at this meeting. The architect indicated that we already had much of the documentation and information in place that would be necessary for the development of design concepts.
The Church Renewal Committee met again this week to consider whether the architect should be appointed to the project. The committee is confident that the architect would be able to develop an effective design that would reflect the vision and needs of our parish community into the future.
The committee is concerned, however, that more specific details may need to be developed to supplement the guiding concepts, thus making clearer the scope of work given to an architect. The finance committee has been asked to determine the budget for the project. This material will now be developed over future meetings before the architect is formally engaged.
Please remember that you can review the process that has been undertaken so far, and the Guiding Concepts, at www.olmcwenty.org.au/churchrenewal. Feedback on the process can be sent to the committee via the parish office or by email to litcomwenty (at) gmail (dot) com.
The Church Renewal Committee met on Wednesday to continue the planning process.
Given the amount of expenditure required, the finance committee has since sought further quotes for the painting of the interior of the church. The three quotes now obtained vary significantly, and further examination is needed. The finance committee also intends to make some inquiries regarding the cost of refinishing the timber floorboards. The quotes being collected will assist the finance committee in determining what works can be funded from parish savings, and what would need to be funded from other sources, such as direct parishioner donation.
The Church Renewal Committee also considered the feedback it received from Fr Stephen Hackett, Liturgical Consultant for the process. While some work has been done to try and envisage different ideas for the arrangement and general plan of the church, it is a challenge to try and develop a single idea which successfully balances the desires of our community as expressed in the Guiding Concepts.
As such, Fr Stephen recommended to the committee that an architect be consulted. In seeking the advice of an architect, the committee sees the potential to draw upon specialised expertise and experience. Through the architect drawing together the parish’s guiding concepts, liturgical requirements, existing ideas and practical needs, a more cohesive plan can be developed of how the church can be shaped to serve the parish into the future.
The Church Renewal Committee will now make contact with an architect recommended by Fr Stephen, and initiate a professional conversation to determining the feasibility and suitability of developing design concepts.
As we advised recently, the Church Renewal Committee is currently working through the planning process, considering how the church can be shaped and ordered to best fulfil the vision articulated by parishioners during the consultation process. The Guiding Concepts developed from this consultation are, therefore, an important measure to work by.
Many parishioners during the consultation period have spoken about the placement and arrangement of the sanctuary. This, in turn, obviously has implications for the placement and arrangement of the liturgical assembly that gathers before or around it.
The suggestions made for the placement of the sanctuary stem from a range of concerns, including visibility of the sanctuary from within the church and narthex as a focal point within the space, and providing an increased sense that we actively participate in, and not just observe the Eucharistic celebration.
As a result of our consultation, our Guiding Concepts state that:
The church needs to be arranged such that, as much as possible, the community is gathered around the altar and ambo, giving the sense that all of us gathered participate in the celebration of the Eucharist.
While this can be very easy to achieve in a new building, it is a greater challenge when renovating an existing building such as ours, where a balance must also be found with our other hopes for the church, maintaining a reasonable seating capacity, and respecting the architectural integrity of the building which, for better or worse, has been built in a way that naturally sets its focal points along its north-south axis.
The Church Renewal Committee will continue to consider how the church can be best ordered to fulfil the vision articulated in the Guiding Concepts. In the meantime, remember the look at the additional material provided at http://www.olmcwenty.org.au/churchrenewal. Thank you also to those who have recently send in feedback about the process – it is always welcome, and can be given to Fr Paul, myself, the parish office, or emailed to email@example.com.
You may recall that last year, two parish meetings were held as part of our Church Renewal Process. The latter of these was primarily focused on sharing the important aspects and values of our parish community that should be kept in mind when preparing plans to renew the liturgical space.
If you attended the parish guiding concepts meeting last year, we ask that you take a copy of the draft home with you – they are available today from the parish centre. Please read over them and consider whether they reflect what was shared by parishioners at the meeting. Attached to the draft is a form to note any comments you may have and return to the box in the narthex. We ask that you return your comments by the end of June.
You can also access the draft from our parish website. Also there is a comparison document, which we hope may be helpful in seeing how the various comments and thoughts shared at the meeting have been incorporated into the guiding concepts.
Once the feedback from parishioners has been received, we review the guiding concepts if necessary and seek to release the final draft of the concepts to all parishioners as soon as possible.