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Joan the Architect

May 15th, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

It was not too long ago that her eminence, Sr. Joan Sobala, wreckovated the church of St. Felix. She also was present during the destruction of St. Mary’s downtown (remember the transgendered Christa Cross). Now, Sr. Joan will work her magic once again on the church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Brighton.

Now, Lourdes is certainly no monument to traditional Catholic art or architecture. I’m sure we can all agree on that. However, this is not stopping sister from putting a permanent mark on the parish. She already has replaced the pews in the chapel with movable chairs, thus transforming a worship space into a multi-purpose facility/meeting room. Now, Sr. Joan wishes to install a “Liturgical Gathering Space” in the back of the Lourdes church building. Here is what is written in the recent St. Anne/OLoL bulletin, commentary and emphasis added:

“A liturgical gathering space [new term to me] is a portion of the worship space set aside for gathering processions before Mass. There also, the font is placed, so that everyone coming into church can bless themselves in the font as a reminder of their own Baptism [That’s what the little holy water fonts next to church entrances are for]. Other than the Easter season, when the Paschal candle is in the sanctuary, the candle will be placed next to the font, a welcome from the risen Christ. There also, the family can gather around the casket holding the body of their beloved.

To make this liturgical gathering space possible would necessitate the removal of some pews in the back of the church. Three rows of pews would be adequate. No walls will be removed or altered.

Why should we do this?
To enhance the dignity of welcome into a place of worship, to provide a greater sense of hospitality [I don’t see how this is being accomplished through this project].

Don’t we need this space for seating?
We have space for 619 in our church. This plan calls for the removal of 60 seats [Attendance has plummeted into the 480s since Sr. Joan took over. They won’t be missing these seats, nor will they ever be filled again as long as she is there]. In the last five years, we have had no more than 500 at any one time. The highest attendance at any weekly Mass is less than 300 [OLV tops that with the Sunday 10 AM Mass, by the way]. If need be, chairs and benches could be brought in [Because this is what Sr. Joan is moving toward — replacing all pews with chairs, like she has already done to the chapel, like Bishop Clark has done with the Cathedral].

What would this project cost?
Very little. A crew of parishioners and staff would remove the pews. Greg Messner said the carpeting is easily refreshed. We might have to pay some small amount for storage.

What is the proposed timeline?
This summer [Why the rush?]

Do such liturgical gathering spaces exist in other churches?
Yes. Were we to build a new church today, liturgical guidelines call for such a space [Huh?]. Many other churches have done what we propose. [Get ready for this one…] Visit St. Mary’s, downtown, other churches in the Brighton region [I assume she is referring to OLQP], St. Theodore’s, to name a few [A few shrines to the destruction caused by progressive Catholicism].

Are there uses for the front foyer (narthex) ?
Yes. This area could become a place where refreshments are offered and people could linger to visit [Ah yes, the true reason for going to Mass, and the true purpose for the church narthex]. Currently, we have no designated place to enjoy one another’s company on site after Mass.”

Must the progressives renovate and modify everything they get their hands on? I also wonder what this means for the future of St. Anne if Sr. Joan is going through so much trouble to make changes to OLoL.

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8 Responses to “Joan the Architect”

  1. Mike says:

    I was following this (but not agreeing with it) right up until Sr. Joan's last paragraph. Then I got lost.

    All of a sudden we've got a "liturgical gathering space," a "front foyer" and a "narthex."

    Are these 3 different areas, 2 different areas, or just one somewhat schizophrenic space?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Let's hope our orthodox priests in the coming decades will reverse all these church renovations with the same forcefulness with which they were pushed upon us by the progressives.

  3. Dr. K says:

    And poof… your post is gone once again.

    ~Dr. K

  4. dbb says:

    I just happened to go to Our Lady of Lourdes a few Sundays ago. The mass was nowhere near as bad as I had feared, though that may have something to do with Sr. Joan having to be at St Anne's for first communion that day.

    The inside of the church building, I thought, was wonderful. I generally like tradition-looking churches much better, but for a contemporary-looking church, I'm not sure you could do much better. (Aside from putting the tabernacle in a more conspicuous place, of course.)

  5. dbb says:

    "traditional-looking", not "tradition-looking" is what I meant.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have a queezy feeling. In the 1990's pastors, who were going to be re-assigned to a new parish, would have a building project to coincide with their leaving. Now, for many parishes, this meant the construction of those noisy baptismal founts, complete with running water. A monstrocity. Then, the priest would change their parishes.

    Could this be Sr. Joans adios? Just wondering because something, contradictory in me, tells me she will be around for a while. I don't know what to believe. Just my 2 cents!

  7. Her Eminence is certainly on the go, unfortunately. It wouldn't surprise me if "Fr. Joan" would join the Brady bunch down at Spiritus Christi.

  8. Matt says:

    Sancta–I like to call her Pope Joan III, after the fictitious 11th century pontiff, and of course Joan Chittister, who seems to fancy herself Pope as well…moral of the story: don't name your daughter joan, she might turn into a heretic!

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