“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Are kneelers necessary? Are kneelers a done deal? YES
Our past three bishops, with increasing force, have asked churches to install kneelers. Bishop Ricken has essentially mandated that kneelers be installed in all Catholic Churches in the Diocese of Green Bay by November 28, 2011. We were granted an extension because of the Worship Space Enhancement project that we are considering. The posture of kneeling during the Eucharistic Prayer and after the Lamb of God is the approved posture of the Catholic bishops of the USA. The installation of kneelers is a matter of hospitality, for without them, we would be asked to kneel on the floor. For Christians, kneeling is a legitimate posture, implying reverence for God, humility, and repentance. Kneeling and saying a prayer before mass begins is also a good practice. The installation of kneelers is definitely part of this plan.
What is the cost of the kneelers in the overall plan? About $23,000 installed
Two kneeler quotes were obtained from local reputable suppliers. To simply install kneelers in our church would cost between $22,000 and $23,000. This assumes that no pews would be removed or respaced.
Will we be comfortable kneeling without taking out more pews? Probably not
One size definitely does not fit all. Some people may be comfortable while others may not. An in-depth study of area churches was completed during the project, and the spacing between our pews is consistent with most other Appleton parishes. Since some of our pews are 2.5 inches closer together than industry standards, a subcommittee will look closely at repositioning some of the pews for added comfort.
What if I can’t kneel because I had a knee operation? Do I still have to? NO
If a person is unable to kneel for whatever reason, it would be appropriate and acceptable to be seated during the Eucharistic prayer and at other designated times. A person does not have to kneel if they are unable.