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Churches are never simply gathering spaces but signify and make visible the Church living in a particular place, the dwelling of God among us, now reconciled and united in Christ. As such, the building itself becomes a sign of the pilgrim Church on earth and reflects the Church dwelling in heaven. Every church building is a gathering place for the assembly, a resting place, a place of encounter with God, as well as a point of departure on the Church's unfinished journey toward the reign of God. (Built of Living Stones, 17. c.f. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1180, Rite of Dedication of a Church and an Altar, Cha. 1. no. 2)
The Office of Worship provides guidelines for seasonal decorations within church and sanctuary areas.
The Office of Worship may help identify relevant renovation projects for parishes and assist with next steps in the process of such initiatives. No renovation of a worship space shall commence or is to proceed beyond the design phase without the written approval of the diocesan Bishop.
Works of art truly belong in the church when they are worthy of the place of worship and when they enhance the liturgical, devotional, and contemplative prayer they are inspired to serve.
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