THE design of the new Infant Saviour Church at Burleigh Heads is already revealing new insights to parishioners about liturgy.
That was the comment made to associate pastor, Fr Matthew Kearney by a parishioner on December 15.
Having been at Mass the previous morning, she told him there was something about the design of the new church that had allowed her to recognise aspects about the liturgy that she had not noticed before.
Fr Kearney said that was probably to do with the intimacy of the worship space and the closeness of the congregation.
The impressive altar is in the centre and the seating is on all sides. The celebrantÕs chair
and the ambo are among the people, and Fr Kearney said that when the celebrant was seated or proclaiming the Word he was close to the people.
About 350 people attended the opening and dedication of the church by Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby on December 12.
Some were seated outside but they were able to follow the ceremony because it was broadcast on a large outdoor screen.
Archbishop Bathersby, in his homily, said: ‘There is no greater privilege for a parish to celebrate or for a bishop to bless than a completed church in a new place of worship.’
He related that privilege to the fact that worship held such a significant place in the life of the Church.
The previous Infant Saviour Church was sold and relocated to a winery at Mt Tamborine to make way for the sale of the land.
The new church has been incorporated into a new residential development on the Palm Ave site.