Our building committee has been working on creating a wish list for our new church and facilities. This includes:
- reviewing the seating size of the new church
- size of the hall
- number of meeting rooms
- number of offices, etc.
To assist in this process we have had two priests who have built churches in the past come to speak to our committee to offer their suggestions and share their experiences.
Also, Monsignor Kroetsch gave us a presentation on the Liturgical aspects of a Catholic church. Achim Klaas, our Liturgical Consultant guided us in possible shapes and forms of the church.
The Committee then did a tour of two recently built churches in our Diocese – Holy Cross Church in Georgetown and St. Thomas Church in Watertown. After creating this wish list the next step will be the search for an architect.
Dear God, we gather in gratitude for the generations who have come before us, on whose shoulders we stand and whose work we continue. With humility, we look to You to pro-vide the wisdom, guidance and resources we need to accomplish our task. We ask for a fresh empowering of Your Holy Spirit to give us discernment, creativity and clarity.
We thank You for each person’s willingness to serve. Help us work as a team, carefully listening to one another, appreciating our differences and the variety of gifts we bring. Help us be open-minded and have as our ultimate goal the knowing of Your will.
Bless our efforts. Help us work efficiently and help us to be faithful to the mission of our parish. We look to the future with an eager hope and are filled with joy that You are doing a new thing. As we move forward, deepen our faith. Increase our love for You and for one another. Thank you for hearing our prayers. Amen.
Our Building committee met for the first time. There was a review of the project and our financial situation. It was announced that the surveying of the land and preparation for work that is needed to present to the city has begun. The committee will begin the process of creating a wish list for our new church and facilities. This will include presentations from priests who have built churches in the past, some education on liturgical design, work with our Liturgical Consultant, and tour of some recently built churches.
I am glad to announce that our new Building Committee has been formed. We had over 10 nominations from both sites. I would like to thank all parishioners who were willing to serve on this committee. There were so many excellent individuals and we hope to have them all involved in future reviews and sub-committees. The new Building Committee is listed below. They will begin creating a wish list of what we hope for in the new church and facilities. They will then begin a process for the hiring of an architect.
Deacon Tom Vert: Chair
Brendan Lenko, AnneMarie Galliani, Peter Wolsley – Corpus Christi Site
Maria McChesney, Peter Oddi, Jeannine Stachow – Our Lady of Lourdes Site
Fr. Mark Gatto – Pastor, Fr. David Reitzel – Associate Pastor
Monsignor Kroetsch: representative from the Diocesan Building Committee
Please continue praying for St. Catherine of Siena Parish and this committee as we begin this exciting project.
Fr. Mark Gatto