Every time I walk into an ugly church…

I just need to say, this is how my heart feels every time I walk into an ugly church…





Yes I feel that scream. Maybe you relate? Why?? Because ugly contradicts the message of hope and truth. Ugly screams boring and despair. Everything that’s the opposite of Christianity. Our worship spaces should speak hope and beauty! When we walk in we should feel the taste of what is to come in Heaven. We should be able to sense it in all ways. not just through the Mass. As human beings, we need all the beauty!! Of course, communion and the word are beauty and the central focus, but when we have ugly spaces we actually contradict those beauties. Truly we do. What are some ways to encourage beautiful worship spaces?





1. Ask your pastor to bring in more sacred art.


Nothing is more beautiful than what is holy and sacred. If your worship space feels empty or boring, consider talking to your pastor about finding a sacred art piece. You could commission a piece inspired by your parish’s patron saint or your church’s name, or you could find a piece that speaks to your community.





Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral- Liverpool, UK





2.Gather donors to share the expense.



Most parish’s do not have the means to renovate or redecorate on their own. Get creative with fundraising, reach out to possible donors or work with another church on the project. Always be open to helping other communities with their projects as well!





Cardboard Cathedral- Christchurch, New Zealand (yes, it’s made from cardboard rolls!)





3.Suggest artists you admire.



Do you have a favorite sacred artist/artwork to use as reference? Does another church have a work that you are fond of. Try reaching out to the artist or finding the artist’s work for sale. You can use this style or piece as a focal point in the church for the worship service.






Cathedral of Christ the Light- Oakland, CA




4. Prioritize good quality music



The atmosphere of  a church is crucial, and music can play a large role in this. Bring in a local praise and worship group, reach out to musicians or singers in your parish, or organize events where musicians are welcome to share their gifts. Encourage having music as a special part of your service.





Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janiero- Rio, de Janiero, Brazil





5. Stop buying mass produced plastic items.

There is no need for plastic rosaries, holy water bottles, or figurines. These can be useful or accessible products, but it is better to find crafted, artisan work that is purposely made for the purpose of the Church.





Brasilia Cathedral- Brasilia, Brazil



What are some other ways to help fight the ugly???



Kate Capato

Kate is a Sacred Art Painter, Inspirational Speaker, and Faith-filled Movement artist on a mission to spread God's love through beauty! Her inspiration comes from prayerful encounters with the Lord, and the rich traditions of our Catholic faith. When she's not creating something faith inspired, Kate is often traveling all over the world with her hubby soaking in the wonders of God's creation, or spending time with family and friends to live every moment to the fullest. To see her work, visit her portfolio below and share in this mission of spreading truth and goodness.

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