“This is such a beautiful church!”


That comment is to be heard frequently. I don’t know what people are expecting. Perhaps some unkempt nightmare? No. Not here. Parishioners love their little church and take care of it. In fact, we’re going to so some major (for us) renovations:

  • First off is the confessional. There will be no more possibility of face to face, with two windowed doors to two separate tiny rooms, the penitent side with a chair for the elderly and, of course, a kneeler. There will be a screen.
  • The entire floor will be redone.
  • All pews will be reupholstered.
  • There are plans to put in a marble altar, forcing the sanctuary to be redone, I’m thinking with an altar rail.

Meanwhile, other fixes are in the process, with windowed doors now going into the office area (I meet with people in other heavily windowed areas at the moment).

All is as it should be as we become ever closer friends with Jesus. The driving engine of all this in a time of crisis mind you, is the time we have for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The heaviest times for Confession are during Adoration and before the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Ah… That’s what’s being referred to! The souls of those who are drawn near to Jesus, those who make up the living Church. Yes, this is such a beautiful Church!


Filed under Confession, Spiritual life

6 responses to ““This is such a beautiful church!”

  1. Thorfinn

    Sounds great!
    I know a Catholic in the diocese who has offered his expertise sound-proofing confessionals: no takers so far. I’m not sure it’s fair for me to volunteer him to drive all the way to the other edge of the diocese though!

  2. elizdelphi

    Can the little parish afford that? But it’s wonderful, especially if you can have a Communion rail. Then use it! The new built church on the University of Wisconsin Madison campus (St Paul’s) has the ultimate confessionals, very soundproof, beautifully oak paneled, frosted glass doors, three compartments, priest in the middle, screen on one side, face to face on the other side. It’s probably rather soundproof even if there’s a penitent on the opposite side.

    • Father George David Byers

      Affording it is beside the point. If it’s the proper thing to do it will take care of itself. We already have volunteer labor. It will be beautiful for Jesus.

      • elizdelphi

        You’re so right of course! Good parents get what their children really need for their well being regardless whether the family seems really able to afford it or not.

  3. gk

    Praise God! Prayers for the renovations!

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