CHURCH RENOVATIONS AT BOTH OUR PARISH CHURCHES WERE COMPLETED BY JUNE 2014
The Renewal Team was established in 2009 as a response to the Parish Assembly of that year and to the parish document Concepts for Renewing Our Places of Worship.
The task of the Renewal Team is to guide and oversee the parish response to the 2005 Parish Mission Statement advice:
Our liturgical environments need to be examined for renewal opportunities that might increase participation and strengthen our ability to conduct the rites of the Church with dignity and grace.
In a very practical way this team has the task of bringing about desired structural and liturgical changes to the church of St Kieran and the church of St Cecilia.
Currently the parish is considering the plans for the church of St Kieran prepared for consideration by the architects of PMDL. The team is also in consultation with the Art and Environment Committee of the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese.
MORE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
In 2012 interior renovation of St. Cecilia's Church was undertaken with the collaboration of representatives of the worshipping community at Balgowlah and completed by Christmas that year. The Bishop, David Walker celebrated Mass in the renovated church on the occasion of his Episcopal Visitation in march 2013.
Due to a number of financial and enginnering considerations the plans for the renovations at St. Kieran's have been considerabley revised.
Plans for the joining of church and parish centre were abandoned.
Provision for a widened side entarnce with disability access was maintained.
Interior changes relating to the relocation of the music area, the building of a new Reconciliation Room, and restoration of the original baptismal font and placement in the sanctuary have all now been approved by the Diocese.