1501 Buizingen (Halle)
01 January - 31 December
Mon 9.00 - 16.00
Tue 9.00 - 16.00
Wed 9.00 - 16.00
Thu 9.00 - 16.00
Fri 9.00 - 16.00
Sat 9.00 - 16.00
Sun 9.00 - 16.00
On the front wall of the choir hangs a red copper semi-relief: 'Jesus, Peter, and the fishing boat', by Hans Biermann, Maria-Laach, Germany (1989). It is a combination of three evangelic themes that symbolize the community that gathers here weekly for mass.
Jesus, - the figure to the left - comes to the people. The word he speaks comes from 'another world': his feet aren't even touching the earth.
Peter, - lower figure to the right - symbolizing every man that is fearful that he might perish - reaches out to Jesus. The sea is a symbol of death and destruction in the bible. But Jesus also holds out his hand to Peter. This gesture wants to express 'saviour'.
A boat with four fish on it, there's even a little extra to it: the abundance of the catch. The fish one can see as a symbol of the whole community.
This table, composed of 8 bamboo tables by Arne Boom, symbolizes that last supper; it takes up a central place in the church to symbolize that we can all sit around the same table. Here, one shares bread and wine in memory of Jesus Christ, so that this too would happen between people.
Two ceramic communion- and bread trays, one with fish pattern and one with the pattern of the resurrected Christ are added to this table. The two trays are by the artist Ingrid Van Roy (Easter 2016). Notice on this table the 'Sermon box'. This box one can open if one chooses and one can pick a random text to be put back in the box afterwards. This sermon box consists of all the sermons of this year's mass services.
These 14 terracotta in semi-relief in the church walls are made by Camiel Colruyt, Halle °1908 and was christened on September 15th, 1960 and depict the 14 stations of the way of the cross. The way of the cross starts below at the foot of Our Lady and goes round the church to end at the statue of Don Bosco.
At the cove at the front of the church, to your right, lie symbolically on a pedestal two hands that can scoop up water. Hence the title 'The waterScooper'. The statue and pedestal are made by the artist Luc Schets from Buizingen (2003) in which parents that baptize their child can drop a 'droplet' of baptismal water. The pedestal is a creation by Arne Boom (2018).
This a copy of the candle holder from the 'Grand Church' of Stockholm and hangs (usually) in the middle of the church above the big oval table and comes with a wrought iron pedestal by the artisan blacksmith Jozef Dedobbeleer from Gaasbeek (1992). The theme 'The wholeness of Creation' (ecology) is highly regarded in this church.
At the build of the church (1951) there was a difference in height between the choir and the nave of the church which was initially corrected where the big arch at the front between the nave and the choir touches the floor - with two stone lecterns both in the shape of the arch of a boat directed to the nave of the church. In between, were seven bluestone steps and a wrought iron communion rail anchored into the floor. In front of the statue of Our Lady and Don Bosco was a separate stone patio, each separated sideways by a stone lectern.
In the summer of 2017, this space was renovated to a wavy stage, multi-functional as a stage, seating area, staircase with wheelchair accessibility leading to the baptismal font, the children's corner, the sacristy and a toilet, also wheelchair accessible.