The Rangiora Church of St Mary & St Francis de Sales

Parish Building Committee

St Mary & St Francis de Sales Church located at 41 Victoria Street, Rangiora is permanently closed due to earthquake damage. After the closure of the Church a parish Building Committee was established. The Committee have been working through the process below. 

Diocesan Approval Process

Step 1 - Make a case

Parish lead process with property team in support. Identify initial needs, consult on building and sites, and establish a brief.

Step 2 – Concept design

Property team lead. Compliance with brief and consult on building and sites. QS to prepare estimates/budget. Parish included in the process. Issue concept design report. Parish Priest requests written consent of the Bishop.

Step 3 – Developed design

Property team lead. Engage all consultants, develop estimates, include parish. Complete developed design.

Step 4 – Detailed design

Property team lead. Update estimates, obtain resource consents, include Parish, complete detailed building design. Building consent application. Parish Priest requests written consent of the Bishop.

Step 5 – Consent and Construction

Property team lead. Lodge and obtain building consents. Call for tenders. Go to construction if within budget.

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a summary from Bishop Barry

A Catholic church is first and foremost the house of God. It’s the place of a living presence of God through the Church’s liturgy. It is a place of beauty, where Heaven meets Earth. In the language of architecture it ought to communicate the presence and transcendence of God. It needs to be distinctively Catholic with a noble beauty. As an expression of the Mystical Body of Christ it reflects the church’s hierarchical structure. The Sanctuary is an especially holy place for the Eucharistic so it is marked off physically and visually from the Nave, where the holy people of God gather. The interior expresses transcendence, that is, a foretaste of the divine - by light, materials and a sense of verticality. Vaulting and ribbing of the Nave ceiling enhance the effect. Stained glass can bring a transcendent beauty into the interior. A sense of the infinite may be conveyed by layering of space using domes, columns, side chapels, a transept and aisles. The interior arrangement is focussed on the Altar, which is its most important feature, at the head of the assembly, within the Sanctuary. Directly related to the Altar and also visible within the whole Nave is the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle is, as Pope Paul VI said, “the living heart of our churches”. Close to it there is a sanctuary lamp, constantly lit. In proximity to the Altar is the crucifix, clearly visible to the congregation depicting the suffering and crucified Christ. The Ambo, where the Word is proclaimed, is positively related yet subordinate to the Altar. The Celebrant’s chair is placed to face the Altar and Ambo to show that he leads and presides over the assembly. The assembled faithful are accommodated within the Nave. The assembly join actively with the priest in the celebration of Mass. Acoustically the interior is naturally resonant to support both sacred music and the spoken voice.