With an increasing Catholic population and diminishing vocations to the priesthood, Catholic parish communities are rethinking their church buildings, as they are forced to combine with other communities. The design of a Catholic Church and parish center that respects the tradition of the past and embraces the contemporary religious, architectural, and social needs is the vision for the 21st century Catholic Church. Catholic churches must respond to the Second Vatican Council’s amendment to have a greater participation of the laity in the liturgy. The design focuses on the procession, moments of use, and light that guide the spiritual journey throughout the church. While the primary objective is to enhance the liturgy of the mass, connecting all social zones and defining clear transitions between the different points of celebration was also significant. This allows for a more personal spiritual experience for all community members.
Correia, Kevin R., "A Spiritual Journey: Redefining the 21st Century Catholic Church" (2010). Architecture Theses. Paper 50.