Closing Churches

Closing churches: who wants to do it? Whether its called a merger, consolidation or reconfiguration, when a church is relegated to non-sacred use by canonical decree, and subsequently listed for sale, it is necessary to remove many treasures of parish history. This process can be stressful for administrators. It can be complicated for pastoral leaders and heartbreaking for faithful who have grown attached to a beloved sacred space. We’d like to help you through this difficult process. In addition to helping you plan a meaningful mass or prayer service for the closing of a church, we have some creative ways to breathe new life into an increasingly common parish phenomenon.

Stained Glass Posters & Phone Cases

First, we’d like to help your parishioners make your stained glass and sacred artwork a part of their daily living. We can make any high-quality photo of your church treasures into a prayer card, poster or coffee mug. Stained glass windows make beautiful phone cases, throw pillows or even t-shirts.

Mug from Closing Churches
Phone Case from Closing Churches

Closing Churches and Repurposing

Second, we’d like to help you find a new home for old vessels, furnishings and vestments. This usually requires the permission of your diocesan leadership. With diocesan approval, we can connect closing churches with interested Catholic communities and facilitate the exchange. Instead of selling to unknown buyers on Facebook or Ebay, we’ll make sure that these items are used in the sacred rituals for which they were intended.

To continue this discussion, please contact elena@fontsound.org

Sacristy Wishlist

Does your sacristy have a wishlist? Specifically looking for an illuminated Gospel book in Portuguese? Need a matching pall and vestment set for funerals? Missing the Fifth Station of the Cross from a set that was designed by a Belgian artist in the early 1970’s? Looking for a statue of Our Lady of Sorrows that was popular among Italian immigrants from Bari? Tired of wearing chasubles that stop at your knees? These items might be in closer reach than you think.

To start your search, contact Elena at elena@fontsound.org