A sacred space for worship and reflection

New chapel under construction on campus of Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley

Since the original 1927 high school building on the Saint Mary's College High School campus in Berkeley was razed in 1973, the school has made use of classrooms, the auditorium and other campus spaces for liturgies and prayer services. Now, thanks to generous gifts from the extended Saint Mary's community, a beautiful new Student Chapel is rising from the ground at the … [Read more...]

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It doesn’t look like a Catholic Church

Tijuana's archbishop rejects modern design for city's new cathedral

Tijuana’s new archbishop has rejected the design of a cathedral that has been under construction since 2006. In an undated press release posted on the new cathedral’s website, Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón said, among other things, “That in eagerness that it be modern, the project does not look like a Catholic church, much less a cathedral.” The archbishop has … [Read more...]

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Without a church building since 2014

Grass fire flattened Holy Family Church almost three years ago; new buildings will be dedicated this week

Parishioners, friends and members of the local community will gather on Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m. in celebration as Bishop Jaime Soto presides at the dedication Mass and blessing of the new Holy Family Church and parish facilities in Weed. Holy Family has been without a church building since Sept. 15, 2014, when a grass fire broke out near Boles Creek just east of the town in … [Read more...]

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Chino church temporarily closed due to structural failure

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish has been forced to temporarily close its church building after it was discovered that several trusses that support the roof have failed

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Chino has been forced to temporarily close its church building after it was discovered that several trusses that support the roof have failed. “We’re fortunate that there was not a collapse of the roof,” said David Meier, Director of the Diocesan Office of Construction and Real Estate. “It definitely would fall down eventually.” The … [Read more...]

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Spaceship churches, no more!

Traditionally designed Catholic architecture is being built across America

People of today and tomorrow need this enthusiasm [of wonder] if they are to meet and master the crucial challenges which stand before us. Thanks to this enthusiasm, humanity, every time it loses its way, will be able to lift itself up and set out again on the right path. In this sense it has been said with profound insight that “beauty will save the world” (§16). ~Pope … [Read more...]

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Hope for ugly churches

An interview with Enzo Selvaggi, founder of Heritage Liturgical, which revives sacred art and architecture in Catholic churches

The following comes from an October 19 Catholic World Report article by Jim Graves. Full interview here. Enzo Selvaggi, 36, is founder of Heritage Liturgical, a liturgical design firm in Southern California committed to reviving traditional sacred art and church architecturefor the purpose of promoting the New Evangelization. He lived in San Marco Argentano in the Calabria … [Read more...]

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San Jose Diocese in need of help

Beautiful cathedral needs $480,000 for stained glass restoration

The following comes from a March 24 Valley Catholic article:   Stained glass windows have a rich history within our religious tradition and a significant place in sacred architecture. As developments in construction and architecture allowed towering expanses and vast windows, artists were commissioned to design and fabricate windows that told the story of Jesus’ … [Read more...]

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