"Every Form of the Mass: Simply Extraordinary!"
It certainly helps that you have such a beautiful parish. Here is the modern, plain "worship space" we are stuck with.Buildings like ours should be the ones closed and sold. Buildings like yours should be the model for any new parishes that might be built.
Actually, believe it or not I like how this "ugly" building looks in terms of its warmth and potential, but let me underscore potential. I grew up in a very little, humble modern 1950's church in Augusta and the pre-Vatican II altar, altar railing care for this church made in beautiful and comfortable in my eyes. The church in your link has potential with very little reconstruction if only we could make the altar look like the pre-Vatican II altar, raising it up two or three more steps, and having the six altar candles up high with the crucifix that is off to the side dead center between them. Then add an altar railing and you have a rather beautiful focus for the altar as you eyes are drawn to the highest point and the six high altar candlesticks. Even is only the crucifix was placed dead center and nothing else, that would be a vast improvement and focus for the altar.
I agree with Father, this has a lot of potential, I've seen much worse.Wooden reredos behind the alter, with the tabernacle in the center would do much to add a sense of the sacred to your church. For an example, please go to desertnuns.com and view the dedication of their chapel. You will see their reredos about 2 minutes in. I think something similar with a lighter shade of wood would be beautiful in your church.So please don't lose hope. See the potential, inspire others in your parish, and pray. God can achieve much through you if you give him the opportunity!
What I would do for this parish is first and foremost, get rid of that tiny wooden altar and get a larger, marble altar. Next, I would move the crucifix to hang over the altar, on on the wall in its place, hang a Divine Mercy icon. I would get marble statues of the Blessed Mother and St Joseph and put them on risers against that wooden wall, where those drapes are. In the center I would put the tabernacle (I'm guessing its way off to the side somewhere currently... if it is, in that spot maybe you could put devotional candles and a statue of the scourged Jesus). That may take some construction due to that beam in the center to recess the tabernacle into it.What I do like about this building is the high ceiling. Many modern churches have either near claustrophobic low ceilings, or a ceiling that only rises high above the altar and is low over the assembly.
Pardon me for posting again, but I think this is the parish in question. Click on the picture to get a larger view.Let me say that This church also looks to have some great potential.Finally, there is also a post on the parish that will become the new home for the Robert Schuller ministry after the Crystal Cathedral is renovated to be a Catholic Cathedral.
Sorry, but I found more pics. If you're interested, on the main page there is a gallery index of various parishes in the archdiocese of Detroit, to look and see which ones are beautiful, which have potential, and which are outright ugly and should be closed and sold (I understand Detroit is going to downsize its number of parishes).
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