Where is Jesus? What the Church teaches on the placement of the Blessed Sacrament

There’s been some critical commentary about the new designs for Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange—and a lot of people have bemoaned the proposed location of the Blessed Sacrament, reserved in a side chapel (shown above). William Newton wrote:  The most important question to ask in entering any Catholic church is, “Where’s Jesus?” The answer in [Read More...]

Diocese unveils new design for Orange County’s Christ Cathedral—UPDATED

From Orange County Catholic:  Outwardly, the familiar structure, with its 10,000 panes of glass, will look much the same as it always has, albeit with a necessary dose of maintenance and restoration. Inwardly, however, the changes will be dramatic: –The former theater-style seating will give way to pews arranged antiphonally on either side of a [Read More...]

New trends in church design

St. Paul the Apostle in Spartanburg, SC, consecrated in 2013. Photo: Spartanburg Herald Journal. See more pictures here.  From Crisis magazine comes this fascinating glimpse at contemporary church architecture—which, in a phrase, could be called Back to the Future: It is true that a certain indiscriminate preference for the contemporary remains firmly ensconced in the [Read More...]

Home run: one church’s smart idea for improving Mass attendance

A great location and a savvy social media campaign combine to create a textbook example of New Evangelization. It also provides further proof that (as someone once said) if you build it, they will come. Check this out, from The Washington Post:  Fans who stream into the Navy Yard district before Nats games are now [Read More...]

Thousands call for halt to Wisconsin parish’s annual pig wrestling event

Details: Tens of thousands of people nationwide, including Garbage singer Shirley Manson, are calling on an Outagamie County church to cancel a pig wrestling event planned for Sunday. As of late Thursday, an online petition at change.org had more than 31,000 signatures calling for the cancellation of the Pig Rassle in Stephensville, an unincorporated community [Read More...]

Putin wants monasteries, church rebuilt inside Kremlin

Back to the future? Not so long ago, this would have been unthinkable. Details:  Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for two monasteries and a church that were demolished during Soviet times to be rebuilt in the Kremlin, the largest overhaul of the site’s architectural landscape in nearly a century. Putin has cultivated strong ties [Read More...]

“Catholic Mass unlike any you’ve ever seen”

An unusual report, in the secular press, on a unique liturgy being celebrated in Norfolk, Virginia: St. Mary’s should be felt both ways – empty and full. With no one in the pews, it’s a monument of soaring arches, stained glass and carved marble, where your voice instinctively sinks to a whisper – so impressive [Read More...]

Solidarity: Catholic church paints Arabic “N” on its door

From The Richmond Register in Kentucky:  Throughout its history the Roman Catholic Church has been associated with Latin language and lettering, so passersby on West Main Street were surprised Thursday to see a strange symbol emblazoned on the church’s door.Some were even more surprised to learn it was an Arabic character.It is the Arabic character [Read More...]

How do you renovate a church?

The Heritage Restoration and Design Studio in Illinois produced the video below, showing the impressive work they did on a small Catholic church in Texas. (The finished product is shown above). The renovation is exceptional—and so is the process.  Take a look. [Read more...]

Detroit “Mass Mob” fills city’s largest church

Amazing:  For the third time in a row, the Detroit Mass Mob movement filled every seat and spilled out the doors today at another historic, architecturally awe-inspiring Catholic church in Detroit. An estimated 1,800 curious Catholics, many who attend suburban parishes, made for a standing room only crowd at Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church [Read More...]