Below are general questions that have been asked by many parishioners and friends of San Francisco de Asis. If you have any additional questions, please go to our Contact page and complete the comment form, or contact Mark Smith, BFA Development Director at 928-779-1341, x126 or through email at [email protected].
Our new school will initially have at least one classroom for each grade from Pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade, as well as special-purpose rooms for a computer lab, library, and music. Each of these state-of-the-art classrooms will accommodate a maximum of 30 students. Religious Education classes will utilize these rooms as well. The design can be expanded to include more classrooms if necessary. The administrative part of the new center will combine office space for the school and parish resulting in increased efficiency and easier coordination of activities. There will be several rooms of varying sizes for meetings and activities of parish ministries and groups. They can be combined to create an ample fellowship hall.
On a muddy country road in medieval France, a traveler encountered a man struggling to wheel a cart laden with an enormous block of stone toward the town. What are you doing? asked the traveler. Oh, some people in town are paying me to deliver this stone to them, the carter answered. It’s heavy, though. What a miserable job! The traveler expressed his sympathy and continued on his journey. Half a mile farther down the road, he encountered another man with a cart, also burdened with a huge stone. What are you doing? the traveler asked again. His face alight with joy, the second man answered: I am building the great cathedral of Chartres!
- Give online, by clicking here and choosing “Building Fund”
- Send a check to the SFdA, Attn: Building Fund, 2257 E. Cedar Ave. Flagstaff, AZ 86004
- Give at Church using the BFA envelopes found in the pews
- Complete a Pledge Form, (click here to view and download)
- For private gifts, contact Fr. Pat or Mark Smith at the SFdA parish office, (928) 779-1341
All contributions to the campaign are designated as “Restricted Contributions” and as such cannot be used for any other purpose. Each dollar specifically designated to the San Francisco de Asís Building Fund Appeal is restricted to our campaign by the Diocese, the Internal Revenue Service, and the courts from a legal liability standpoint. The monies cannot be used for any other need or purpose so long as a pledge card is filled out and checks are made out to San Francisco de Asís – Building Fund.
When you look at it again, keep the following in mind: The peak of the building will be some fifty-five feet high, soaring almost five majestic stories above the altar. In the nave, where the congregation gathers, will be seating for over a thousand people. That area, including the sanctuary, is over twice the size of the interior of St. Pius. Additional seating for another five hundred will be added in the two arms of the transept.
The drawing appears to bring the ceiling down and fills a third of the view. However, the lights and the clerestory, or long row of upper windows, will shine down, drawing attention away from the rafters and illuminating the altar and the ambo, which is the proper focus of our Eucharistic celebration.
The floor will slope gradually from the entrance to the sanctuary, enabling the parishioners to better hear and see the celebrant, the readers, and the choir. The pews are set out in a semi-circular format to bring the people closer to the altar. When the transept is complete, the building will have a traditional cruciform shape.
Due to your generosity in responding to the Capital Campaign, it is now time to develop just such a ‘road map’ for our project! There are a number of guidelines for us to follow:
From purpose to procedures, the building of a Catholic church is unlike any other kind of construction. Our basic reference will be Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship-the Guidelines of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (published December 2000 and available on-line at www.usccb.org/liturgy/livingstones.shtml This 80-page document sets forth Catholic teachings regarding construction projects. Chapter Four outlines the community building that must be a key part of the process.
The Diocese of Phoenix Office of Buildings and Properties also provides guidelines. These cover practical concerns such as bids and contracts. Our diocese has one of the busiest building programs in the country and a great deal of valuable experience.
Other resources include periodicals such as Faith and Form, a journal of religious art and architecture. Case histories and advice from other parishes are published in professional journals and posted on the Internet. Because there are so many Catholic churches being built in the country today, there are also many consultants who have expertise in specialties from liturgy to project management. Many of these offer free advice on their websites or are available for consultation by phone or through visits and workshops. Form/Reform, a national conference and trade show, offers programs and seminars on the full range of issues concerning architecture, environment and art for Catholic worship, and parishioner involvement.
In addition, Catholic teaching is that we are to be a light to our communities and caring neighbors to all. The City of Flagstaff has voter-mandated guidelines that are the result of extensive citizen input and years of experience in dealing with the consequences of both good and not-so-good planning and design decisions. We will anticipate and incorporate our city guidelines into our plan, as well as work toward ensuring a harmonious relationship with our future neighbors on McMillan Mesa.