My parish had plans to renovate. We have actually been expecting this for years, have architech plans that are approved and a building fund that has been approved. The start of renovation kept getting put off due to details being changed by the past pastor (I was told) and probably some of the parish council. Permits would expire and need to be applied for again, work would be put off because it would interfere with an upcoming liturgical season. I read in our church bulletin that we should be all ready to start by mid-December and the Bishop wanted no more delays. Of course, there was a delay, which I assume was due to Christmas.
The parish coordinator told a lector and me, while chatting, the plans that were drawn up and approved have the tabernacle moved to the rear of the church. Supposedly, this is okay because it will be in a chapel. He said that was to allow for adoration to be more private. Ever since that conversation, I have been concerned about that and if it is alright. I assume it is because the plans were approved by the Bishop. I guess I just don’t like it. And I heard recently that a tabernacle is always supposed to be somewhere in the vacinity of the altar.
I have not read or heard any updates about when the renovation will begin. Two ladies I know who are active in the church were talking with me in the church parking lot after mass today about the renovation. One started off saying it was only gossip, but she heard the Bishop was holding onto our building fund and wants to use it for “his” cathedral. I feel bad because I listened to the gossip, although I was saying that I didn’t think so and I thought he wanted us to get going and stop delaying. They told me he was causing the delays now. Both of them were calling the Bishop evil and saying our parish would die like another in a nearby city because of him. Then they talked about the parish coordinator and called him evil and said he had a big ego. I on!y said I thought he was nice. I never heard these ladies talk like this before. I feel bad for being apart of it in a way. I was actually receiving a ride from one of them today, the only reason I was with them there. She is really nice to me and offers me rides home or to a store on most Sundays. But I don’t know if I should be around that kind of talk. It certainly didn’t feel like a fitting end to Mass. We did chat about other things, though.
What would you do?