Thursday, March 27, 2014
SPEAKING OF BLING!
How much is too much for our Catholic churches, art and vestments? Do we buy ugly or do we try to be modest in what we spend.
I've always seen the church building as belonging to the parish. But in the case of St. Joseph Church here in Macon, it belongs to the city and is opened to anyone for personal prayer everyday. This church belongs to those who had the foresight to envision it but never saw it completed. It belongs to all subsequent generations and many more to come.
We must be good stewards of church property and spend in a way that preserves it for the present and future.
So how much is too much? Too much goes beyond what the parish can support. So if the parish is willing to put forward $5 million than $5 million it is. But all has to be above board and some people will give more generously than others and some, no matter what, will say that the money should be given to schools and the poor. That's a fact of life and they make us think of our priorities.
As far as vestments, I have always purchased vestments for the church, meaning from the church's budget. I have very, very few personal vestments and some of these go back to 1980 and are 1980's dated vestments.
I do not spend lavishly, but I have good vestments. I usually purchase from Gaspard and Sons which has quality merchandise at a good price. These vestments are not sumptuous though, nor are they overly ornate.
My personal tastes for vestments is not baroque. I would feel very uncomfortable in these. If a parish had them, I'd use them for special solemnities and feasts.
I think we should always buy good, solid and tasteful accoutrements for the church. I think what is chosen should match the style of the Church building.
What do you think?