A struggle for holy ground : reconciliation and the rites of parish closure / Michael Weldon.Publisher: Collegeville, Minnesota : Liturgical Press, Copyright date: ©2004Description: xxiii, 255 pages ; 23 cmISBN:
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-247) and index.
Reconciliation, liturgy, and new life / Mark R. Francis -- Introduction : Catholics redesigning themselves -- The best we could do with church? : demographics, finances, and culture -- Traditions of reconciliation : conflict, Communion, and sacred remembering -- The negotiation of crisis : forgiveness, trauma, and sacred space -- Remembering in a different kind of way : grief, lament, and healing -- Pastoral solutions : towards new rituals of reconciliation at the closure of sacred space -- Conclusions : it's about doing church : imaginings and implications -- Appendices. A ritual of group grieving -- Kairos : a ritual honoring common ground -- A service of the word for healing of memories -- Rite of reconciliation : a vigil for a Christian "day of atonement" -- Reconciliation rite for impasse -- Rituals of transition : a week of farewell for parish closure -- Rite of leave taking of a church -- Rite of reception and memorial of the closed parish with a blessing of the foundation stone -- Rites for the inauguration of a newly consolidated parish -- Lament and parish closure.
"A Struggle for Holy Ground results from thirty-five interviews with participants in the 1989 consolidations of ten parishes in Chicago's Englewood and two parishes from the San Francisco consolidations after its 1989 earthquake. It explores the roles of ritual and pastoral care in this sometimes highly conflicted situation through the lens of trauma and reconciliation. It proposes a series of new rites: group reconciliation, atonement, lament, leave-taking, memorial, and inauguration based on the experience of people most impacted by parish restructurings"--Page 4 of cover.