Welcome to our Church!
I *love* visiting other churches, so I’m thrilled to bring you an electronic tour of mine. This is a fairly small church, but it’s full of beauty. Enjoy!
We’ve recently moved into our first house in a different town, and so we had to find a new parish. Though I wouldn’t say it’s filled with a lot of young families/kids, it is certainly very family-friendly. The usher seems to love us, at least! Here’s what the pew of a family of four looks like in winter. I can’t remember why Cupcakes isn’t happy here, but it’s probably that I asked her to put on her coat… So, on to the tour!
I know, I know, Christmas is over. So I hope you’ll forgive me, but I really wanted to get pictures while the Christmas decorations were still up. They’re so warm and festive! These were all taken on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord.
Let’s start with the most important place in the church: The Sanctuary. Here you’ll find Jesus – truly present, Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity- in the Tabernacle behind the alter. I love the angel candle holders.
No Greater Love
I love seeing a crucifix in the sanctuary. It helps us to reflect on Christ’s Passion, to remember just how much He loved us… how much he loves *you* and *me*. In our church, I love how it’s got a lovely cross backdrop.
When the Christmas season started, I was blown away by the amazing Nativity Scene here. On the right, you’ll notice the three wise men. They had been traveling toward the manger for months (just like in our house). So beautiful. Cupcakes loved the whole thing.
Our parish is actually trilingual! (We’ve even been to one trilingual mass, though usually it’s just one at a time.) Guess which three languages! Alright, I’ll tell you: English, Spanish and Polish! Here are some things:
I’m pretty confident that these are Polish words, a Polish icon, and Polish… artifacts? relics? I’m not sure.
I googled the words for you, and according to the translator I found, they mean “under” “your” “in defense of”. Do any of you speak Polish; what does that mean? I messaged a friend of mine who speaks Polish, and she informed me that these words mean, “under your protection,” and that they usually refer to Momma Mary. Ah yes, that makes sense. I’ve never seen anything like this display so I had to show you.
Here in the back, we have two of my favorite images: Divine Mercy Jesus pictured here next to the Vatican Flag and Our Lady of Guadalupe pictured above the intentions candles (is that the official name for those??) and next to the Infant of Prague, which has a pretty awesome story, so look it up if you have the chance.
Here’s the Confessional! It’s conveniently located in the back of the church, with confession times right before the vigil mass, for your convenience. So stop in a few minutes early, get your soul a squeaky clean up, and stay for mass.
Look how at peace my son was after mass last weekend:
He’s usually calm and observant during the first part of the mass, and then starts
loudly yelling praying, “Da! Da! Da! Da!” (clearly praising his heavenly Father) during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and then passes out right at the end. “Let the little children come to me,” right??
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little glimpse into our church; I’d love to see all of yours! If you post a virtual tour of your parish, link it below so we can see too. If not, at least tell us: what is your favorite part of your church?
About Jamie: My blog is a Mom blog, but I write about motherhood,Catholicism, education, marriage, baby/toddler food, saving & making money, blogging… My interests include: writing, drawing, reading, crafting, taking walks, and Internetting. I love my friends — they are all amazing! Sometimes I socialize with the ones in real life, but many of them also live in my computer. I love my Catholic faith. I love Jesus; I love the Eucharist. I am passionate about the Pro Life Movement. I LOVE LIFE!!!