Definitions

2010 misc-391-by Jim Siegel - 2010-06-23 at 15-21-34

Church: A sacred building designated for public worship to which all the faithful have a right of access (i.e., the cathedral and parish churches).

Oratory: A place designated by permission of the Diocesan Bishop for divine worship for the benefit of some community or assembly of the faithful who gather there; other members of the faithful may also have access to it with the consent of the competent superior.

Private Chapel: A place designated for divine worship for the advantage of one or several persons with the permission of the Diocesan Bishop.

Religious House: A house of a religious institute erected by the competent authority according to the constitutions of that religious institute with the previous written consent of the Diocesan Bishop. Each house is to have at least an oratory in which the Eucharist is celebrated and reserved so that it truly is the center of the community.

Tabernacle: Latin: tabernaculum= tent. The receptacle in a church or oratory for the reservation of the Most Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass.