Resounding Worship

Over the last several years, we have worked hard to strengthen our commitment to our worship community.

Despite a national trend of church attendance declining, our faith community continues to grow as we achieve new ways of connecting with God, reaching others, and building community.

There is still more we can do, but technology limitations currently exist that are holding us back from allowing Christ’s message to truly resound.

We want it to resound in every way: through sound, which allows spoken word and music to be heard clearly; through lighting, which creates a prayerful atmosphere; and through video, which can take the message beyond these walls.

These are big areas to improve into which we’ve put a lot of time and energy beginning in summer 2019. As such, we are breaking this project into three phases: sound, lights, and video. Stay tuned to this page to learn more about the project including regular updates, time lines, and answers to questions you might have.

Timeline

A project of this magnitude takes times. Learn more about

  • Phase 1: Sound

    • Come up with a list of requirements
      July 2019

    • Seek solutions from three reputable companies
      August 2019

    • Compare solutions
      mid-September 2019

    • Make a decision
      late-September 2019

    • Plan installation
      early-October 2019

    • Installation
      late-October 2019

  • Phase 2: Video

    • Come up with a list of requirements
      July 2019

    • Seek solutions from three reputable companies
      August 2019

    • Compare solutions
      October 2019

    • Make a decision
      October 2019

    • Plan installation
      October 2019

    • Installation
      November 2019

  • Phase 3: Lights

    • Come up with a list of requirements
      July 2019

    • Seek solutions from three reputable companies
      August 2019

    • Compare solutions
      Late Fall 2019

    • Make a decision
      Late Fall 2019

    • Plan installation
      Late Fall 2019

    • Installation
      TBD

Sound

We know that the number one area that we need to improve in our worship space is sound. While we have done the best we could trying to improve the intelligibility of the spoken word with our current resources, we feel there have only been marginal improvements and think that most would agree with that.

The spoken word is one of the important aspects of worship; if you can’t understand the message, what’s the point?

Speakers are the primary component in our improvement plan as well as the components required to handling amplification and processing.

We have receive three proposed solutions from top companies in the area. Two of the solutions will be demoed during weekend Masses on September 7/8 and September 14/15. The third solution is not available for demonstration.

We’ve put together a form for you to share your feedback.

Share your feedback

SOUND FAQ

Have questions about the demo or about what we're planning? We've tried to answer some of the most common questions here.

If you sit on the sides you will likely not hear the full effect of the demo speakers. The speakers cover approximately 150º from the source.

If you sit in the overflow sections of the church, (The Holy Spirit wing or The Holy Family wing) the speakers will be on but may not sound as loud as they normally would as this signal is now split with the demo speakers. The same is true with the assistive-listening aids

At 4:30 and 7:30 Masses on September 7/8, the wing speakers and assisted-listening aids were not functioning. We apologize for this inconvenience and have fixed the issue.

We are looking for an improvement in clarity and intelligibility of the spoken word.

These improvements should also apply to music as well and allow the music to be full and have depth. Many speakers that improve spoken word sacrifice depth of sound in areas such as music.

The speakers should also keep reflectivity of sound (echoes) at a minimum.

The sound improvement solution includes the main speakers as well as the speakers in the baptismal font area. The speakers in the overflow wings will remain the same.

We’ve put together a form for you to share your feedback.

Share your feedback

Lighting

Lighting can broken down into two areas: house lighting & sanctuary lighting.

House Lighting

We have 86 lamps that frequently require replacement costing the church thousands each year. Replacing house lighting with LED fixtures would result in a huge savings for the church.

Sanctuary Lighting

Updating our sanctuary lighting would not just result in similar savings but also provide flexibility to create a more impactful and prayerful worship experiences. If you have ever been to one of our Advent Worship Series nights, you have seen the kind of impact that lighting can add.

When do we plan to improve lighting?

Go to the timeline

Video

We have come to rely our video technology to aid in our worship for music, prayers, baptisms, and more. However, this system is now over 15 years old and long overdue for an update.

The first thing we would like to update our main screen to bring it in line with the other monitors in the modern widescreen format.

We are also going to update our cameras to be able to capture and share the beautiful moments that happen in church from weekly messages to modern worship to sacraments. Having an updated video production system would not only allow us to share these great moments but give us the ability to livestream them as well to those who are not here. So whether someone is overseas in the military, away for the weekend, or looking for a new church home, they can be a part of the community.

Have you ever heard a really great homily hear and wished that you could listen to it again or share it with someone who is not from St. Isidore? Wouldn’t it be great if the military personnel that we pray for could be more of part of our community from their locations? We hear this all the time and would like to be able to have our messages and more shared with the world through video. Having the ability to record and stream content would allow us to reach so many more people with messages from St. Isidore Church.

When do we plan to improve the video?

Go to the timeline

Funding

Who’s going to pay for this? Are we going to ask for money for this?

We are not asking anything from our parishioners for this project.

Rather the funds for this project are coming from the success of the Changing Lives Together capital campaign that took place in 2010

Any additional funds that are needed will come from church savings. We feel that these improvements are crucial to our mission of Connecting with God, Reaching Others, and Building Community.