Wouldn’t it be great . . .

As I am all wound up about the carousel project that I visited and posted recently about, and the beautiful work I saw, and how all of those volunteers creating that carousel didn’t even know about painting or woodcarving before . . . I got to thinking, why a project like this only for a secular purpose?

What if a parish, or Catholic school,  got together, and did a project like this to beautify their church, on a large longterm scale in the public eye?  What about creating a group of angels, or a communion of saints to surround a church (or hall, or school) in witness of faith?  A community/parish-created manger scene for Christmas?  Or some other way to glorify God through communally-created art ? To do something beautiful for God . . .

Wouldn’t that be great?

Could that work and become a reality someplace?


About reinkat

I am an iconographer, and have been studying Russian/Greek icons since 1995. I'm married with 3 children. I love hiking, camping, animals, my family and church--and icons.
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6 Responses to Wouldn’t it be great . . .

  1. Biltrix says:

    “A community/parish-created manger scene for Christmas” is what caught my eye as a sort of gateway for doing the sort of thing you want to do. I think that’s a project that would garner a lot of interest, and then maybe from there some of the parishioners or community members who took interest and got involved in that project would want to continue to do other things. It’s a lovely idea, inspired by Scripture in fact — Ecce, quam bonum et iucundum, habitare fratres in unum! “Behold how good and pleasing, for brothers and sisters to live together in unity!” I hope the Spirit will inspire others to join you to make your project a reality.

    • reinkat says:

      Thanks! I am racking my brain to figure out a good start project to propose. My parish is a Newman Center, not sure how the ingrained transience of that will play out with a major project. The church is physically very small, the pastor doesn’t like images . . . but we will see how it all plays out. So far the gardening “project” already ongoing is done mainly by the same 3 people 🙂 which probably sounds familiar.

  2. You would have to have a master carver to oversee the project and train everyone else, wouldn’t you? At least that seem to be the arrangement with the carousel. Just trying to be practical.

    • reinkat says:

      Yes, there would need to be an artist-in-charge, whether carving, making murals, sculpting & firing clay . . . whatever communal project was decided upon. This person would have to be the final say on all artistic decisions, and be a strong leader who could rally others behind her/him. Which is just like the carousel project, and very practical indeed. Whenever there are a lot of people around, there are an equal number of opinions, and anybody involved in church/parish politics knows this to be true–and a great tryer of patience. A practical look at the pros and cons is very important, and I thank you for your input. But if a town can do this for its own pleasure, I believe that a church community can do it as well for the glory of God and the beautification of His Holy Church.

  3. geloruma says:

    That’s a good idea Reinkat, I think approaching your parish finance committee, and if it has a fabrics and furnishings section to approach first would be a good place to start.

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