The new St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church campus is a design of McCrery Architects, combining the rich tradition of sacred architecture with modern technique.
The new Church and Campus are designed in the style of a Medieval Country Church. This style was chosen for our area for a number of reasons:
St. Philip's Church Site Master Plan - Beginning with the large building on the left and moving clockwise, the buildings are: RE Building and Cloister, Church, Office and Cloister, Parish Hall, and, farther right, Rectory. The road indicated on the left edge of the drawing is Cross Timbers (1171).
The Site Plan
- The Medieval Church was the center of its community and culture in a time that is called the "Age of Faith". Entire communities organized themselves around churches like this one, and for that reason, this style is an authentically "Catholic" one.
- This style of church was designed to be modest in scale and in material while nonetheless being the most important building in the surrounding countryside. It represents the correct place of God in our lives - both central and visible.
- The Town of Flower Mound restricts the height of buildings. We need to keep as close to the height restriction as possible and this style of Church allows us to keep a fairly low profile.
- Our active parish requires a number of adjoining buildings to allow space for our ministries and events: the Parish Hall, offices, classrooms, and meeting spaces. The Medieval church often included neighboring buildings, and so the style adapts readily to our modern parish setting.
McCrery Architects carefully studied the beautiful wooded acreage where we will build the new campus and developed this Site Master Plan based on our particular needs.
- In this plan, the Church occupies the top of our hill, and the center of our complex, since it is the most important building on our campus.
- The Parish Office Building forms a cloister with the church, making a quiet and prayerful space for our Columbarium.
- We have also used the cloister style in the RE Building, allowing us to preserve almost all of the venerable trees on our property.
Front view of the Church and surrounding buildings as they will be seen from the parking lot
The Church Floorplan - The drawing reads from top down: Tabernacle, Altar, Nave, Narthex
- The Parish Hall has been placed to be easily accessible from the parking lot as well as the church. The front entrance opens onto the driveway in front of the church, while the back entrance will also be paved to serve as a loading dock.
- The access from Flower Mound Road (top right) leads to a roundabout traffic circle to allow easy passage of traffice in multiple directions on our campus. From the traffic circle, one may either drive directly up to the church for drop-off or handicap parking, or proceed into our 600-space parking lot.
- A large portion of our land remains for future growth! For now, it can be used for recreational playing fields and our parish festival.
The Church is designed for the celebration of the sacrifice of the Mass, and incorporates our liturgical theology and heritage of sacred architecture into an eminently efficient modern building.
Interior view of the Church looking towards the altar and sanctuary
- The altar is placed on an elevated platform within the large square crossing tower where it can easily be seen by the faithful.
- The church is at the same time the sanctuary of Our Lord's presence in the Holy Eucharist at all times, and so the tabernacle is centrally located within the same focal point as the altar: in the below picture, it is the small pointed object immediately behind the altar.
- As a whole, the church floorplan is meant to respresent the Mystical Body of Christ, with Christ Himself at the head, and the members, the faithful, joined to Him and pointing towards Him.
- The Church connects with the parish offices at the lower right and with the RE building at the lower left.
- The small, chapel-type building that is attached to the left side of the Church is our Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. The Adoration Chapel is designed to eventually accommodate Perpetual Adoration, with a separate, secure, and handicap accessible entrance leading up from the RE Building.
The whole church should be arranged so as to invite adoration and contemplation even when there are no celebrations. One must long to frequent it in order to meet the Lord there .... The Church, by its beautiful liturgical layout... its tabernacle radiating Christ's real presence, should be the beautiful house of the Lord and of His Church, where the faithful love to recollect themselves in the silence of adoration and contemplation. Every church must be "praying" even when no liturgical celebrations are taking place; it must be a place where, in a restless world, one can meet the Lord in peace.”