St. Benedict Catholic Church Town Hall Meeting Summary, October 30, 2016
Building Our Future, the Next Steps
On October 30 after Mass, about 70 Parishioners gathered in the Parish Hall. Deacon Lynn began the Town Hall meeting at 10 am with a prayer and then introduced the members of the Development Steering Committee (DSC). He explained how the DSC had accomplished much work in the last several weeks to develop a facility requirements document that directly led to the preliminary architectural drawings which would follow. Following this short introduction he turned the meeting over to the DSC Chairperson, Angelo Pinterpe.
Angelo began by reiterating the Guiding Principles of our current mission:
Angelo described how the DSC met with the major ministries and Parish groups (liturgical, music, hospitality, women’s group, Knights of Columbus, etc.) over several weeks to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment, and how their important input helped to transform our initial sketches into the current design. The DSC presented the results to our architect, Bruce Barr (ACK Construction) on October 3 and Bruce quickly developed design concepts and provided the DSC with options for consideration. By October 19, we received the first set of preliminary drawings that met our requirements and that we would present to the Bishop and Diocese Building Committee in early November. At this point Angelo turned the meeting over to Deacon Lynn to walk Parishioners through the preliminary design.
Deacon Lynn narrated a walk through of the new layout. Parishioners enter through the double doors at the west entrance of the church. Entering the Narthex (Gathering Area) and to our left is the hospitality area with counter space and room for folding tables for serving refreshments. Storage space is provided for supplies, a refrigerator and miscellaneous items. On the right are the men’s and ladies’ restrooms, each with baby changing tables. Water fountains are in the hallway between the entrances to the restrooms. Directly across from the restrooms is a mechanical room for a heating and air conditioning (HVAC) unit. Adjacent to this room is the confessional, with an entrance and exit in the Narthex and Nave.
Entrance to the Nave (church seating area) is through double glass doors for viewing, in addition a window is provide immediately to the left of the doors, allowing the Narthex to be used as a “cry room” during services. The choir area is to the right with seating for 3 musicians, 12 choir members and a sound board technician (the exact music ministry layout is still being finalized). On the left is a storage closet for seasonal and other miscellaneous liturgical items. Initial measurements support seating for 253 with a maximum capacity of 275. The main aisle is approximately 7’ wide and is of sufficient width for a bride with a wide train, or a funeral procession with coffin and pallbearers.
The Baptismal Font is located near the entrance to the Nave. This location of the Baptismal Font and holy water symbolizes the Sacrament of Baptism as entrance into the Catholic Faith, as well as encouraging blessing one’s self upon entering the worship space.
The roof is supported by four wood-encased columns stained to match wood furniture within the Sanctuary. The columns will be connected at the top by an arch. To the east end of the Nave two doors, one on either side, allow for entry and exit. Doors will be equipped with either levered handles or crash bars. Along the north and south walls will be located five (5) operable windows that could at some point in time have simulated stained-glass religious art attached to provide a more traditional church-like environment. Above the windows on each side are soffits that are provided to hide the HVAC ducts as well as electrical, sound, internet and other future wiring needs. Our current plans call for the use of our existing chairs from the Patriot Learning Center and additional chairs from the parish hall. Upgrades to these chairs will be made when additional monies are available.
The focal point of our Church and this layout is the Sanctuary, located on a raised, carpeted and sound-deadening platform with all electrical and sound wiring incorporated within the structure. A ramp for ease of access is provided on the north side of the platform. The vestry for the officiating priest and deacon is located on the left of the Sanctuary and adjacent to it is a second HVAC mechanical room. Along the east wall of the Sanctuary is the credence table, tabernacle and stand, large crucifix, seating for three altar servers and the sacristy. The sacristy will have a saquarium for cleansing the sacred vessels prior to washing in the regular sink. Deacon Lynn then showed pictures of the new altar, ambo, tabernacle with stand and candle stands that were designed, built and donated by Gary Biavaschi. The tabernacle was donated to the parish by another benefactor to whom we are most grateful. The altar was designed to allow for ease of access of the vessels during mass and sufficiently wide to accommodate the celebrant, concelebrant and deacon. Seating for the celebrant and deacon are provided to the right of the altar.
Deacon Lynn also discussed the considerations of:
Votive candle stand – due to insufficient space and potential for fire hazard
Chair seating is adjustable and we will grow into what works
Initially we started out as a multi-use facility, however as we have progressed it has become more evident that some things cannot be accommodated, i.e. Knight’s pancake breakfasts, barn dance, etc.
Following this verbal walk through Deacon Lynn turned the presentation back over to Angelo.
Angelo emphasized that our preliminary budget for this design has not changed from the original $830 thousand budget presented at the last town hall meeting in August. We are continuing to do site preparation work which includes:
Our current fundraising has reached the following milestones:
- Raise more internally than the $75,000
- Borrow more money
Current Reality: To meet existing and future expenditures current offertory needs to increase a minimum of 15%.
11/1/16 Meet with Architect to review current design
11/8/16 Meet with Diocesan Building Committee
12/1/16 Obtain Final Drawings
12/12/16 Submit for Permit to County Building Commission
Feb 2017 Receive Final Maximum Price Bid
Mar 2017 Obtain Final Bishop Approval
Mar/Apr 2017 Break Ground
Sep 2017 Occupancy Certificate / Consecration Mass
Conclusion: This timeline is doable and well within our capability.
Sooner rather than later, with no rent required, we will have our church on our property!
To make a contribution to our Capital Campaign, visit our WeShare site. Or, contributions can be mailed to:
St. Benedict Parish Capital Campaign
11250 Falcon Highway
Falcon, CO 80831