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Art and Environment

Art and Environment

This is a visual component of the Liturgical Calendar.  The year begins in Advent and ends with Autumn Ordinary Time.  We plan an environment for Advent, Christmas, Winter Ordinary Time, Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Easter, Pentecost, Summer Ordinary Time and Autumn Ordinary Time.  Aside from these major changes, we adjust the environment for the First Holy Communion, Confirmation, The Most Holy Trinity, The Most Holy Body and Blood, The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, The Feast of St. Clare, the Mass Remembrance and in October of 2015, the Golden Jubilee of the Parish.

The responsibility of the environmental committee is to enhance the liturgy and worship space by creating an atmosphere for the Liturgical assembly that is in harmony with and reflects the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.  Art & Environment volunteers give of themselves, often behind the scenes, both creativity and practically, and handle the setup and take down of environmental decorations.  Meetings are scheduled as needed.

Change-overs typically occur on Sunday after Mass, unless there is Religious Education or some other commitments for the church.  Perhaps Monday or Friday evenings as an alternative.  There are exceptions to this schedule during the year, in which setup occurs on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.  Help is needed for both setup and take down for each season.

We are always looking for helpers, especially those who are comfortable climbing ladders.  Design ideas are also appreciated and can be submitted to the Art and Environment Committee.  We also need volunteers to water the plants and flowers. Distilled water is used for the plants located inside the building.  Pressing and retagging fabrics for storage at the end of each liturgical season is always a necessity for this ministry.

Contact Ruth Schneider at for more information.