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Seasonal Space Enhancement Seminars Planned


All who are involved in decorating their parish worship space are encouraged to attend one of the regional seminars being offered by the Office of Worship and Liturgy. Each 2-1/2 hour session will be presented by Fr. Duane Wachowiak, Director of Worship and Liturgy for the Diocese of Gaylord. This is specifically a class for anyone who works with “decorating” the worship space of each church.

“These seminars are designed to teach the theology of worship space presentation,” Fr. Wachowiak said. “They will present a general overview of how a church’s environment should focus on the Altar of the Word (the pulpit) and the Altar of the Eucharist. Seasonal decorations are secondary, and are to be kept within the norms of the Church.”

Chapter V of the General Instructions (GIRM) will be discussed and how that translates to the worship environment, especially during the various seasons of the year. This class is planned to provide a foundation and explanation of the theology and reasoning behind how we decorate a sanctuary or the worship space of a church. While it will not focus on the practical “how-to’s” of decorating, some of those ideas will be discussed as well.


November 11, 2010
Holy Family Parish, East Tawas
10: 30 am –1:00 pm

November 12, 2010
Catholic Community of Manistee, Manistee
1: 00 pm –3:30 pm

November 18, 2010
St. Mary Parish, Grayling
7: 00 pm –9:30 pm

November 23, 2010
Cross in the Woods, Indian River
1: 00 pm –3:30 pm

December 1, 2010
Our Lady of the Lake, Prudenville
1: 00 pm –3:30 pm

December 4, 2010
Diocesan Pastoral Center, Gaylord
10: 30 am –1:00 pm

The cost to attend is $20 per person and to register or for questions contact Tammy Boylan at 989.732.5147 or email You may also register online here.

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