St Vincent de Paul Church



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



4.26.2020-Live -stream Mass watching

Like many, regardless of faith, we’re tasked with partaking of our Mass devotions using live stream on our computers. At first we did not know just how to accomplish this feat but two-weeks ago we discovered if you begin the live-stream about ten minutes after the Mass begins it come out perfectly without buffering, awesome. Associate Pastor Father John gave an excellent homily as he compared present day circumstances we’re living with to His Gospel. He even topped off the final blessing with a very humorous joke. I would relate it to you in this blog but it would not be quite the same.

 

February 2020 blogs and notes




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02.01.2020- Tripping back to Three-Flags RVP
Last night Carla checked the phones and they were predicting rain all night and most of tomorrow. Today is our day to travel back to Wildwood, FL at Three Flags, and the phones were right. It wasn’t a heavy downpour just a constant heavier drizzle. The roads were shrouded in a rain mist plus the rain itself. Visibility was barely one-tenth-mile. You know the type of weather when your windows are constantly fogging up and same with the outside mirrors. On the positive side it was just over a two-hour drive, about sixty-five miles. Eventually we did arrive in Wildwood. Three- Flags is like a second home; we know it well and know we’ll have no surprises once we get there. Carla just reminded me, Mass is at 4 PM. I can’t recall the last time we traveled on a Saturday. Saturdays present a whole new level of stress, especially when traveling to new campgrounds and cities. Wildwood, as I’ve mentioned before, is like a second home, we’ve been here so many times. We don’t have the stress of locating a NEW Church and even more stressful finding a new campground and getting set up on a Saturday.

02.02.2020-Ground-Hod Day.
It was another one of those do-nothing days, with the exception of the evening movie. It be only fitting to view the movie “Ground-Hog Day.”

02.04.2020-Tues.-off to Lazydays
Today was one of those things to do days. We had a 7:30 appt. at Lazydays for the coach, just small items, but they must be attended too. At 2:10 an appt. with Dr. Thomas for a cortisone shot to, hopefully, ease off this arthritic pain I’ve been dealing with since before Thanksgiving. The shot, as expected, was painful, only hope it works. Still no “Blogs” yet since all we’re doing is watching grass grow until we hit the road again.

02.05.2020-Wednesday
Another busy day but all was done by noon. NO side effects from the shot yesterday and my right wrist feels very good. For the first time in two-weeks I had a great nights sleep. First thing this day was off to Goodwill to pick up another hang-around-the-house shirt. It is difficult for me to give up an item I rely on for long periods of time. I do keep a close eye on my grey and white sweat-shirt I’ve had since my teenage years. After Goodwill it was off to Walmart to beef-up our pantry. Later we’ll watch the voting in the Senate.

02.07.2020-Friday
Today is another one of those “watch the grass grow” days. We did have a very fierce rain storm come through last night. Sounded like a dozen base drums all beating at once for about two-hours. We took a few minutes to go visit Ann Cunningham just down the street from us, just to say hi. She had some investment literature telling of a future cell phone that would dwarf 5G. Imagine, 5G being replaced even before everyone has a chance to experience it. I haven’t mentioned it but yesterday I gave up on this “arthritic pain” I’ve been enduring since last November and we drove over to the local Urgent Care in the area. The Nurse Practitioner listened attentively to my array of symptoms and ordered 4-vials of blood work for Saturday. We’ll see what comes back. Thirty-days to go before we can leave Florida, I’m anxious.

2.09.2020-Sunday-Wash Day
And your saying why do I want to hear about doing a wash. Not much, but aside from doing Sudoku, calling Dennis and watching a little TV there’s not much more to talk about. Yesterday was Mass, of course, at St Vincent Du Paul Church. They have a major constructions project to the church going on and everyone was curious about what they were seeing in the former church business building, no longer there. Prior to the homily Father John explained That what the parishioners saw on the ground were all the walls and supporting structures that will be used to erect the building to be constructed. A Crane will come in in a couple of weeks, allowing the cement to cure a bit, and it will lift each section into place then secure each section to itself and to the ground for support.  It should be awesome to watch it take form in the next 3-4 weeks. Sadly we’ll be gone but will check it out next yer when we return again. Yesterday and today have been almost live-able as far as my arthritis pain goes. As I may have mentioned the blood work has ruled out Rheumatoid Arthritis or RA should I might have misspelled the word. Right now I have no sensation in my left wrist which is why I’m enjoying this typing session but not so good for my left shoulder or right arm, but I’ll take anything I can get in hopes that this condition might be clearing up a bit. My trustworthy writing assistant, Scoots, her spelling is not much better than mine, so I give thank for Spell-Check.

Scoots is sitting on our travel sheet but I think we’ll be at Sumter Oaks RVP in Bushnell, FL. Our scheduled date to leave Florida is march 10th plus-or-minus a day, so the 30-day count-down will begin tomorrow.

2.14.2020-Valentines’ Day
Yes, I remembered. Even Scoots remembered.

I know this isn’t one of my better pictures, but at 1 AM and without glasses I did think it was much sharper than this. I did not think Scoots heard me slip away last night, but she did. It’s protocol now, that when I sit at the table to write or work on the computer, she feels she’s of assistance. I did not realize that my auto focus was not set, and sadly I missed a Hallmark moment. In about 15-minutes we’ll be leaving to go to the Harbor Light Restaurant  about 16 miles from here; Ann will be with us.

Harbor Lights Restaurant
To say the least the food was quite good, service was fast and very cordial. There’s more to be said about the restaurant-go to the blog of 2.14

02.15.2020- St. Lawrence Church

The parishioners in charge of the construction were both smart and frugal. The size of the church reflect the Catholic community it services. At our 4 pm mass the church was filled to capacity. 

02.17.2020-Uneventful weekend
The weekend was just that, uneventful. Today, Monday, however, Carla has made plans for us to visit Giraffe Ranch on Wednesday. More on that trip later. Today at the campground is a perfect Florida Winter day. Temps around 75 with no humidity- bright and sunny.

02.20,2020- Giraffe Ranch
We awoke this morning with great optimism, our first filed trip of the 2020 Travel Year. The weatherman appears to be on our side, low humidity and mid to high eighties. 

We will visit the Giraffe Ranch which is owned and managed by Les Salisbury and wife Elena Sheppa.

02.21.2020-Friday-Is this Florida or New England?
Left the windows open last night but closed them by 4 am. It only got colder from there. No one is wearing shorts today. It’s sweatshirts, hoodies and hands in pockets.

02.24.2020-Monday-Dwight
Today we plan to spend part of our day with Dwight from New Port Richie, FL.


02.25.2020-Michael’s Birthday.
NO, not my Michael but Abby’s Michael. Not knowing this would be his birthday we were not able to prepare for it, but there’s always next year.


02.26.2020-Ash Wednesday.
We did prepare for Ash Wednesday very seriously. We finished off the open bag of Hershey Chocolates remaining in the fridge. We also feasted on “Fat Tuesday” with an awesome pork meal with salad. Ash Wednesday was Mass ans ashes in the morning then we enjoyed the day fasting and abstaining from eating between meals all day. I did wake up last night for Scoots, just after midnight, and treated myself to some Oreo’s before going back to bed.

02.29.2020-Happy Leap Year Day

Today was a moving day. We left Bushnell, FL and traveled thirty-minutes back to Wildwood, FL in Three Flags RVP. Our site is just about right where we were on our previous visit.

Carla contacted Ann, a resident of the park, and told her we were back. Below is a file picture of our last meet with our former Director Cindy Lango, she’s the young lady in the white blouse.

Once Ann left us we gave Cindy a call in reply to a text she sent us. All is doing well with her family. She’s another very close friend to both Carla and I. I often relate to Abby as our surrogate Grand-Daughter, Cindy would definitely qualify as our surrogate Daughter. When she was in our employ she had daughter Kate who attended our Greenacres, FL Child Care Center. I think she was about six or seven and she’s the youngster you see on the right-side of the picture. Cindy told us she is expecting in September 2020. Needless to  say, both Cindy, Paul (husband next to Cindy) and Kate are our virtual extended family.  

We’ll be in Three Flags RVP for only eight-days. Our next trip will be to Clearbrook RVP for another seven days.

St Lawrence CC Bushnell




HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



 

02.15.2020-St. Lawrence Catholic Church

is a relatively new parish. I believer, from what I’ve read, it was established in 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

The parishioners in charge of the construction were both smart and frugal. The size of the church reflect the Catholic community it services. At our 4 pm mass the church was filled to capacity. 

 

 

 

 

 

This is St Francis of Assisi. Will look for a statue of St. Lawrence next week. St Lawrence goes all the way back to the early church, around 250 ad.

PUBLIX-Thank you for Mary Beth



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12.21.2019

It was Saturday night before Christmas. Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church had just ended and we found ourselves in the parking lot unable to get in our car since I left the keys in it. Then came Mary Beth. She saw my wife, Carla, with that look of despair on her face and offered to drive us back to our coach to pick up our back up set of car keys. It wasn’t that long a ride but we were very thankful for her offer. She’s an employee of Publix in Lighthouse Point. Florida. I am very certain if we had been parked next to an employee at Walmart we would still be by our car waiting for AAA to come to our rescue. She weill always be remembered as our Christmas Angel of 2019.

Thank you, once again , Mary Beth.

Paul and Carla Grenier

Epiphany Church



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11.08.2019-We attended Epiphany Church

From the parish Web Site:
In February of 1960, the Catholic population of our area grew to the point that then archbishop, Joseph P. Hurley, of the diocese of St. Augustine decided the time was right to establish a new mission church in east central Florida. There were only 2 dioceses then in the entire state of Florida – St. Augustine in the north and Miami in the south. The new mission church was affiliated with St. Paul’s in Daytona Beach. As our first pastor, Fr. David Page’s job was to come up with a name for the mission church. Epiphany was chosen from several suggestions. Fr. Page felt that “Epiphany” would be appropriate for a new church just beginning.
Msgr. William Mullally, pastor of St. Paul’s, celebrated our first Mass in February of 1960. That Mass and those through December 1963 were celebrated in the Palmetto Women’s Club and Library building as we had no facility of our own. We sat on wooden folding chairs donated by the local funeral director. Air conditioning was a far away dream so we cooled ourselves with folded paper fans. The altar was a collapsible picnic table with an altar cloth draped over it and the priest’s vestments were made over hand-me-downs.


Our first church/social hall was built by Greening & Sayers. It was a prefabricated roof with block walls. Ground was broken on October 11, 1962. This date coincided closely with the start of the Second Vatican Council directed by Pope John XXIII which changed so much about the way we worship and expanded the role of the laity within the church.
Fr. Page went door to door literally telling people about our new church and inviting them to become Epiphany parishioners. In 1964, Fr. Cyrill Donnelly was assigned to Epiphany as an assistant paster and on December 22, 1963, Fr. Page celebrated Mass in our new church (which later became our Bingo hall). Early that same spring we purchased the Kull House on East Fleming Ave. for our first real rectory/office.

On March 15, 1964 Archbishop Hurley dedicated the church; it was big and beautiful! We had an exquisite Epiphany window (designed by Conrad Pickel Studio) that depicted the Magi seeing the infant Jesus for the first time. We had 2 statues – one of Mary with Jesus, and another of Joseph. They were depicted not as unrelatable figures of long ago but a mother with a broom in her hand teaching her child and a loving Joseph who was a hard working carpenter. Our Crucifix showed the Savior Jesus on the cross. They were from the Pante Studios in Ortisei, Italy and were carved from lindenwood. Golden “Ark of the Covenant” cherubim adorned our simple wooden altar and our wooden camp chairs were replaced with padded kneelers. We were in heaven!

No longer did Fr. Page have to go door to door to find parishioners. Our reputation as a caring community church had gone before us and people were literally beating down the doors! Fr. David Page was reassigned to a parish in Orlando in January 1966 and Fr. John Caulfield became our second pastor. He was with us for seven months until the fall of 1966 at which time we received our third pastor, Fr. Michael Hanrahan who was with us until 1969. Fr. Cyril Donnelly, who had been Fr. Page’s assistant, remained to help Fr. Caulfied and Fr. Hanrahan. Fr. Bernard Caverly was also an assistant until 1966. Fr. Donnelly and his German Shepherd, Sam, were a frequent sight either mowing the lawns around the church or fishing on the river bank of the Halifax in the mornings. Fr. Gerard Granahan was assigned as associate from 1969 through 1971. Fr. Hanrahan was reassigned in the spring of 1969 we were bursting at the seams! During the winter months, and special feast days like Christmas and especially Easter, the grassy area in front of the south entrance to the church would be full of people sitting on the grass or standing trying to hear the sermon or get inside to receive Communion. It was fun for the kids but a real trial for the adults. The population of Port Orange had grown to 3,780 persons, over double from only ten years earlier.

In may of 1969, we received our fourth pastor, Fr. William O’Farrell. Joseph Blais, Jr., a local architect designed another “new” church for our growing parish. Doyle Kennedy, a parishioner, was the general contractor. Ground breaking for this project was September 5, 1971. The first Mass was celebrated on September 6, 1972. Due to a lack of funding, our parking lot for 2 years was soft sand. Many a Sunday would find Fr. O’Farrell and the ushers pushing parishioners out of the mud or soft sand. Finally, we got our asphalt parking lot to the delight of all. The dedication of the new church by the first bishop of the new Diocese of Orlando, Bishop William Borders, was on March 31, 1974. Our “new” church was built on the west side of Lafayette Street with a new rectory/office on the south end of the complex. The “old” church then became our social hall on the east side of Lafayette St. The new church incorporated all of our previous religious art and could seat 500 people which meant everyone could finally have a place to sit. Again we thought this was the most beautiful of churches. The altar wall was made of white fossilized coral (key stone) from the Florida Keys. The ceiling was tongue-in-groove cedar with massive support beams. The main beam was the largest glu-lam beam from Oregon ever shipped to Florida at that time. The pews were padded, a real plus for our elderly parishioners.


Fr. O’Farrell had many associates over the years including Fr. Joseph Harte from 1971 through 1974, Fr. Peter Quinn from 1974 through 1979, and Fr. Sean Shine from 1979 through August of 1981. Fr. Shine was also our interim pastor for several months between Fr. O’Farrell’s retirement and Fr. Frank’s assignment to Epiphany as our new pastor. Fr. O’Farrell retired due to ill health in September of 1981 and we received our first new pastor in 12 years, Fr. Frank Smith. He realized immediately our need for a larger social hall for large gatherings and the need for additional seating in the church itself. The population of Port Orange had quadrupled this time to 17,833. It was the fastest growing community in the U.S. at that time according to a report by the Associated Press.
By January of 1984 Fr. Smith had initiated a three year fund drive to renovate and add more seating to the church. This building campaign added a new west wing to the church, a chapel, a large social hall that could seat 500, additional meeting rooms and an improved sound system as well as 2 new items. The colorful faceted glass epiphany windows flanking the altar area were 20′ tall from floor to ceiling with the Magi on the west side of the altar and Holy Family on the east side. They were created by White Studios in Sarasota FL. Fr. Smith’s first associate was Fr. Tim Kandle from October of 1981 to June of 1984. He was followed by Fr. Charlie Mitchell who transferred to Our Lady of Lourdes in September of 1987. Fr. Chris Hoffmann became our associate from December 1987 to June 1989. At the same time we had another associate, Fr. Joseph Dung Tran, from Vietnam, who left in 1987 to study in France.

With the renovations we kept the previous art (except for the Magi window on the west end of the altar which had to be removed to make way for the new west addition). We received new stations of the cross and placed the original ones from Italy in the Meditation Garden. We had a beautiful new altar, tabernacle and ambo and parquet floors installed on the sanctuary floor. The cherubim from our first church (now Fr. Smith Hall) were installed flanking the tabernacle in the new chapel. The original “Epiphany window” was placed in a new setting on the west wall in the new addition. Chairs were added instead of pews to accommodate overflow crowds. The chapel also doubled as a “crying room” for families with infants and small children. On January 5, 1986 Bishop Thomas Grady the second Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando, rededicated the new facilities and our renovated church which could now seat over 800 people.
In 1989, after being our pastor for 8 years, Fr. Frank Smith was transferred to Ascension Parish in Melbourne. In July of 1989 Fr. Charlie Mitchell came back to Epiphany but this time as our sixth pastor. Fr. Paige Blakely, a seminarian friend of Fr. Charlie’s came as our associate. Deacon Jose Bautista, a seminarian from Columbia helped out from 1989 until his ordination in September of 1991. The parish was continuing to grow and before Fr. Charlie was transferred to Altamonte Springs in 1994, he initiated a committee in 1993 to explore the possibilities of renovating the church once again. The population of Port Orange by 1994 had reached 40,000.
On February 5, 1994, Fr. Paul Kamide became our seventh pastor. In 1995 he held an informal meeting with interested parishioners regarding the proposed renovation of the church. In July of 1996 Fr. Kamide announced a $1.2+ million capital campaign to expand the church with seating for 975 people designed by architect John Dickerson of Orlando and built by Hall Construction (owned by parishioner, Jim Hall). It would also introduce more natural light and a new Chapel of Adoration. We put in additional parking with lots of landscaping and the Mother Teresa Memorial Plaza featuring the original bronze statue of “Mother Teresa and the children” by Timothy Schmalz and “Rainbow Sunshine” boulders from Arizona courtesy of “Pebble Junction” forming our ‘Trinity’ fountain. More boulders defined the bricked sitting area in front of the church nestled among the shade trees. Stained glass windows depicting “The Jesse Tree” and a new crucifix were among other new items planned to beautify the church. All of the stained glass windows including the Altar and Chapel Glass were made by McMow Studios in Lake Worth, FL. James Kucera of Watra Church Goods coordinated the creation of the new art in the church. The artist who carved the corpus is Rick Bagabaldo. He was born in the Philippines in 1951 and came to the U.S. via Miami in 1989. He has carved wood since he was 14 years old. The corpus took over 2 months to carve from lindenwood. Watra also commissioned the altar and tabernacle and ambo which were designed by Ronald Zawilla and carved by Bob Ballard from lindenwood. Alberto Gomez from Colombia painted the “Wedding at Cana” mural in the gathering room. The new church was dedicated on March 13, 1999 by Bishop Dorsey (by 2008 the population of port orange was 56,067).
Bishop Thomas Wenski conferred the title of Monsignor on Fr. Paul on May 9, 2008 at the Orange County Convention Center during the “Festival of Faith,” a celebration of the Diocese’s 40th anniversary. Msgr. Paul Kamide officially retired on November 30, 2008. Bishop Wenski assigned Fr. Michael Giglio from St. Teresa in Titusville, as our new pastor taking charge in January 4, 2009 – the Feast of the Epiphany. Our assistant pastor, Fr. John Bosco Maison from Ghana had worked in Jamaica for four years before coming to the Diocese of Orlando and being assigned to Epiphany on December 1, 2008. The population of Port Orange in 2009 was 56,732.

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Our Lady of Hope Church



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11.01.2019-Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Port Orange, FL

I’ve done a write-up on this church a couple of times. If we’re in Port Orange, which is where Seabird Island is located, we go to Epiphany.

Way back, almost ten years ago, we had a weekend home on Seabird. A weekend home is a bit generous; more like a 1955 trailer with a really nice addition, but for several years it was our weekend home.


 

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Epiphany Catholic Church



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11.01.2019

Epiphany Catholic Church

in Port Orange, FL

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Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church



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10.26.2019-

Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church

in Port Orange, FL

I’ve done a write-up on this church a couple of times. If we’re in Port Orange, which is where Seabird Island is located, we go to Epiphany.

Way back, almost ten years ago, we had a weekend home on Seabird. A weekend home is a bit generous; more like a 1955 trailer with a really nice addition, but for several years it was our weekend home.

MM

Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church



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10.26.2019-

Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church

in Port Orange, FL

I’ve done a write-up on this church a couple of times. If we’re in Port Orange, which is where Seabird Island is located, we go to Epiphany.

Way back, almost ten years ago, we had a weekend home on Seabird. A weekend home is a bit generous; more like a 1955 trailer with a really nice addition, but for several years it was our weekend home.

MM

Fulton J Sheen-Museum


10-13-2019-

Archbishop Fulton J Sheen-Museum and Immaculate Conception Church

As I’ve said before, it’s my blog and my platform. I know, you’re saying there’s no such thing as a miraclelette; you’re right! For me that would be a small miracle. And you’re saying he’s getting back into the pulpit again, possibly. So there’s no need for many to read any further.

About a month ago I talked Carla into buying a 3-gallon empty bottle at Walmart. We drink only Walmart or filtered water, from one of those water-dispensing machines. Best buy for the best water about thirty-seven cents a gallon. To get back. Once we got home I began filling the one-gallon bottle in the refrigerator. It only took a few seconds and I knew I’d aggravated a shoulder tendon just like I did a couple of years ago. I knew a cortisone short would fix it so I wasn’t as concerned as I was the first time. So I decided to suffer quietly, telling Carla we would be sticking with the one-gallon bottles as before. The pain, though tolerable, began as a three on the ever loving pain meter but rose to a five or six in very little time. But I was hoping it would just go away. Within a couple of weeks I was conservatively up to a seven or eight, to the point it was painful to make corners when driving in the coach. But suffer I continued still hoping for the best.

One of our field trips a couple of weeks ago was to the Bishop Sheen Museum and the Cathedral of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception. I was thinking back on that trip as I uncomfortable rested in bed about a week ago and could not help remembering the feeling I had as I approached the resting place of Archbishop Sheen at the foot of the alter of the blessed Virgin on the left side of the main Alter. At the time I didn’t give much thought about the visit. When I was a pre-teen the family would never miss an episode of his on television. But getting back to my pain…

I was just lying there and I was going to go back to my St. Jude to help me with this pain, even though I knew a simple shot would rid me of it. He’s always come through for me in the past but that’s another story or stories. Just then a simple thought crossed my mind, how about asking Bishop Sheen for some help. No! He’s not a saint, at least not yet. So, in a very informal prayer, unlike St Jude, I made a pitch for his help. Actually, as with St. Jude they themselves don’t grant the answer to prayers, but rather, they intercede to Him for the person in need of help. Knowing that Bishop Sheen wasn’t a saint I kept my request simple. I would be very happy if he would, at least, rid me of most of my discomfort. I just did not want to push the edge of the envelop by asking more than necessary. That was about a week ago. For some reason about three days ago I remembered the prayer as I was refilling our drinking bottles for the evening. The pain was no longer with me. Actually it hadn’t been with me for a couple of days now.

I’m the first to admit this granted request does not fall into the categories of making the cripple walk and the blind see, but if you have a pain and it goes away it’s worth mentioning.

Once again I will now return to my seat and leave the pulpit and let you ponder on this episode for yourself. Thank you for patiently reading through the essay.

 


St. Francis of Assisi



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10.12.2019-

Attended St. Francis of Assisi Church.

 

No inside pictures yet, possibly next weekend. I did get a chance to say hello to the pastor. On the alter with the priest and alter servers was a gentleman, I only supposed he was a Seminarian. Spoke to him on the way out after Mass, and he confirmed he wasn’t a Seminarian, just a lay person helping with the Eucharistic Celebration.

MM

St. Helen’s Church



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10.01.2019-St. Helen’s Church in Glasgow, KY

We’ve been in this area before, about 3-4 years ago and we attended the Our Lady of the caves Church much closer to our campground. Unfortunately it had a fire and

has been under reconstruction for some time now. We’re told that they were at the paving the parking lot part. It should reopen shortly.

According to the history of St Helen’s Church it was the inspiration of four women who were converts to Catholicism. This inspiration was in 1893. Prior to that the town of Glasgow had priest visit the town monthly. It was these same four women that went out and gathered stones which helped to build St. Helen’s. Once they began to build they were joined by many others in the town, both Catholic and non-Catholic joined in the effort. Sadly it wasn’t until 1953 that the church had its own resident priest. The parish began officially with only eleven parishioners. Since then the parish count has grown to over one-thousand parishioners. As big as this number may seem it represents only about one-percent of the total population.

In the top right side picture , if you look closely, is a statue of the Blessed Virgin. To her left is a display case with a reliquary in it. This reliquary displays a very small piece of the crucifix Christ was crucified on. Your questions might be; Why not a relic of St. Helen or Why the Cross. Here’s why! In or about the year 200 ad, Emperor Constantine’s mother was Helen, before sainthood. She was a very devout Christian, he was as well. She had a great desire to go back to the villages of Bethlehem and Nazareth and even Jerusalem and inquire about any information, clothing or even written documents pertaining to the time of Christ. She got to Guthega and began digging the place up. Not that deeply buried she discovered dozens of crosses that were used to crucify those who were found guilty of very serious crimes. Immediately she asked a local for the name and whereabouts’ of a very sick person in the village. Within minutes that person was presented to her. Helen had the sick person lay her hands on each of the crosses and ultimately she touched one that healed her on the spot. This, she said, would be the real cross. She also was able to recover many items of clothing as well.

A piece of this cross is displayed in the reliquary.

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however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

St. Helens Church



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9.28.2019-

St. Helen’s Church in Glasgow, KY

St. Helen’s Church

St. Helen’s Church Glasgow, KY

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve been in this area before, about 3-4 years ago and we attended the Our Lady of the caves Church much closer to our campground. Unfortunately it had a fire and has been under reconstruction for some time now. We’re told that they were at the paving the parking lot part. It should reopen shortly.

According to the history of St Helen’s Church it was the inspiration of four women who were converts to Catholicism. This inspiration was in 1893. Prior to that the town of Glasgow had priest visit the town monthly. It was these same four women that went out and gathered stones which helped to build St. Helen’s. Once they began to build they were joined by many others in the town, both Catholic and non-Catholic joined in the effort. Sadly it wasn’t until 1953 that the church had its own resident priest. The parish began officially with only eleven parishioners. Since then the parish count has grown to over one-thousand parishioners. As big as this number may seem it represents only about one-percent of the total population.

 

St Anthony of Padua


 
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9.21.2019

St. Anthony of Padua

This church is located in Morris, IN just outside of Batesville, IN-The priest doing the service was, I believe, Father Shaun Whittington.

This service took place on a Saturday night with almost a 100% attendance. Seldom have we seen such attendance except for Vincent de Paul in Wildwood, FL. The alter servers, four of them, were impeccable. The bulletin lists the young man in the black and white cassock as MC-Carter W.. He watched over the three others every minute of the service. The other three servers, a little younger than he was, wore white cassocks with a cloth pattern similar to what you might have seen in a knights Templar movie. They were so impressive looking, and worked through the service responsibilities in almost military-like precision. His duties were, impressively, those you’d see a Deacon perform, all except for the reading of the Gospel. The Eucharistic Ministers were also equally as impressive. I wanted so much to speak to Fr. Shaun after the service, but was unable to spot him. He should be highly recommended for such a professional service. We have attended over one-hundred Saturday night services and none that equal this amount of sophistication, especially on the part on the alter servers. We’ve attended Mass at the church in the past, at least once about 3-4 years ago, but I do not remember being this impressed. When I was 12-13 I too was an alter server. I had been for several years. Then Fr. Gagnon was assigned to the Sacred Heart Parrish in Brockton, MA. He was just out of the seminary and I’ll never forget all the hours we’d practice, especially for the Holy days of Easter and Christmas, he had some of those services with 10 or 12 alter servers on the alter. I never had a chance to assume the MC position, Joe Piche always came in ahead of me. Most importantly were the parishioners. Only once before had we ever entered a church for Mass and had the Host in Exposition. Carla and I came in and, as always, genuflected, on knee, and entered our pew. It wasn’t until we knelt for prayers the we noticed the Exposition of the Holy Eucharist. We try, very much, to follow the rules and customs of the church, but today we messed up. I know it is an extra responsibility, but someone should have posted a sign for us strangers to the parish, that the Holy Eucharist was in Exposition and a double knee genuflection should be performed. Getting back to the parishioners. we would see a great many grey-haired seniors in attendance. What was surprising were all the young families with kids and infants everywhere; something must be in their water supply. It was heavenly. Only wish we were going to be here another week to attend another service. Truly an awesome experience!

MM

Cathedral of St. Mary, Peoria



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9.17.2019-Cathedral of St; Mary of the Immaculate Conception

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our goal today is to discover and experience everything of Fulton J. Sheen. Our first building will be a Museum dedicated to him and his legacy. This, as I’m sure you realize, is not the Fr. Sheen in body, just a picture. It would have been an honor to have really met him, however.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside this building is the complete history of this great priest and orator. It contains videos and a slew of pictures of his life. It was in the Cathedral next door, the Cathedral of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception, that he prayed, was a deacon, served as a priest and pastor here and eventually his body would be finally laid to rest at the alter to the left side of the church.

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Courtesi of Wikipedia:

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception (commonly known as St. Mary’s Cathedral) is a cathedral of the Catholic Church located in Peoria, Illinois, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of Peoria, where the Catholic televangelist and sainthood candidate Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was born and raised, and ordained a priest. Since 2019, the cathedral has been his place of burial. The cathedral is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property in the North Side Historic District.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I first took this picture it was the alter of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. That, by itself, was significant and important. It wasn’t until we left the Room of Relics that I learned that the big white object directly in front of this altar laid the final resting place of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. His tomb lies below the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Originally his tomb was located in St  Patrick Cathedral in New York but in 2019 in celebration of his Centennial Year of his ordination in 1919.

On June 27, 2019, the remains of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen were disinterred from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, where he was buried in 1979, and transferred to St. Mary’s Cathedral.[8] They are entombed in a marble monument at a side altar dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Archdiocese of New York fought a three-year court battle to keep his remains there. As a child, Sheen served as an altar boy in St. Mary’s Cathedral and he was ordained a priest here in 1919 for the Diocese of Peoria, which has sponsored his cause for canonization.[9

Above left is the alter of St. Joseph. Above right was the corridor to the Room of Relics. In this room you’ll see dozens of relics from many well-known saints and many more from saints of the past. As you can see the architecture in this Cathedral is no -less than awesome. All the stain-glass windows are richly colored in  blue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above are more pictures from the Relics Room. Below right is another picture of the tomb of Archbishop Sheen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order for us to experience the Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Museum and St. Mary Cathedral we had to park the coach and toed. This meant filling three meters with coins to park.

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

St. Mary of the Im. Conception


9.17.2019

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our goal today is to discover and experience everything of Fulton J. Sheen. Our first building will be a Museum dedicated to him and his legacy. This, as I’m sure you realize, is not the Fr. Sheen in body, just a picture. It would have been an honor to have really met him, however.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside this building is the complete history of this great priest and orator. It contains videos and a slew of pictures of his life. It was in the Cathedral next door, the Cathedral of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception, that he prayed, was a deacon, served as a priest and pastor here and eventually his body would be finally laid to rest at the alter to the left side of the church.

0049K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesi of Wikipedia:

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception (commonly known as St. Mary’s Cathedral) is a cathedral of the Catholic Church located in Peoria, Illinois, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of Peoria, where the Catholic televangelist and sainthood candidate Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was born and raised, and ordained a priest. Since 2019, the cathedral has been his place of burial. The cathedral is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property in the North Side Historic District.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I first took this picture it was the alter of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. That, by itself, was significant and important. It wasn’t until we left the Room of Relics that I learned that the big white object directly in front of this altar laid the final resting place of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. His tomb lies below the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Originally his tomb was located in St Patrick Cathedral in New York but in 2019 in celebration of his Centennial Year of his ordination in 1919.

On June 27, 2019, the remains of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen were disinterred from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, where he was buried in 1979, and transferred to St. Mary’s Cathedral.[8] They are entombed in a marble monument at a side altar dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Archdiocese of New York fought a three-year court battle to keep his remains there. As a child, Sheen served as an altar boy in St. Mary’s Cathedral and he was ordained a priest here in 1919 for the Diocese of Peoria, which has sponsored his cause for canonization.[9

Above left is the alter of St. Joseph. Above right was the corridor to the Room of Relics. In this room you’ll see dozens of relics from many well-known saints and many more from saints of the past. As you can see the architecture in this Cathedral is no -less than awesome. All the stain-glass windows are richly colored in blue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above are more pictures from the Relics Room. Below right is another picture of the tomb of Archbishop Sheen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order for us to experience the Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Museum and St. Mary Cathedral we had to park the coach and toed. This meant filling three meters with coins to park.


St. Pius X



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9.15.2019

St. Pius X Cedar Rapids, IA

 

 

 

 

 

We had the privilege to attend Mass at Pius X CC on two Saturday evenings. It looks like a very new church but I’ve been told renovations were made 15 years ago, so, it’s not that new.

MM

St. James CC



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9.01.2019

St. James CC

St. James Catholic Church is located here in Forest City, just a few miles from the Winnebago Industries plant where we are staying for two more days. It’s very much like coming home again.

Very little changes, except the town, Forest City, does look like it’s going out of business. Many of the downtown storefronts have been vacated. Even the church has undergone some changes, like a new floor. Fr. Paul Lippstock is still there covering six local churches in the Forest City general area, a lot of traveling. We’ve spoken about him before.

He’s the priest who owns a Winnebago coach also. Often he’ll use the coach to take kids from the parish, not to mention a few adults as well, to enjoy a day off fishing or other experiences. Unlike the downtown area the church is pouring money in the form of improvements to the church. It’s hard to tell but a new floor has been added. I’ve never walked on anything like it before. It feels like a layer of form rubber. His homily was second to none. The gospel was about humility and wisdom and, as expected, he tied it in with the everyday parishioner. As I mentioned above, participating with this parish is so much like coming back home, that is, if we had a home. Sadly we won’t have the privilege of attending another service since we’ll be heading to Cedar Rapid, IA on Tuesday.

MM

Our Lady of Perpetual Help


8.15.2019

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral

To put it simply I cannot find any “History” on this beautiful Cathedral. I will try to find some information in the church itself tonight.

Below, just a close-up of this beautiful but simple alter. The alter sits on a platform about three-feet above the Cathedral floor making it visible to virtually all the parishioners.

  

An exterior view of this magnificent Cathedral. Below is just a small sampling of the beautiful stained-glass windows.

The image above is what would usually be a “Rose-Window.” This, however is not round and definitely not rose. It is, however, an awesome piece of architecture. Below is the Baptismal Font. My picture does not do it justice. It is a very beautiful and peaceful venue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The text below is courtesy of CMRI

Devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help spread quickly to the United States. When the Redemptorists established a mission church near Boston, they dedicated it to Our Lady under this title and were privileged to receive from Rome the first copy of the icon which had been touched to the original and blessed.1 On Pentecost Sunday, May 28, 1871, the icon was carried in a magnificent procession to the church, where it was enshrined above the main altar. As with the original image in Rome, no sooner had the painting been displayed for public veneration than the miracles began. Soon the small wooden church was thronged with so many devotees of Our Mother of Perpetual Help that it soon became necessary to begin construction of a new, larger church. But even the large beautiful new church which was dedicated in 1878 could not hold the thousands who flocked to the miraculous image in those early years — and rightly so!

Between the years of 1871 and 1884, according to Fr. John Byrne, C.SS.R., “no less than 331 well-authenticated cures had been reported, some of which had been wrought in favor of people living so far away as West Virginia and Texas.”2 In 1886 alone, from January 1 to May 31, he continues, “thirty-one cures, apparently beyond the power of nature to effect, were reported.” A few years later, seven cures were reported to have taken place on a single day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1891.

The weekly devotions in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is a custom that was introduced in 1922 at St. Alphonsus Church in St. Louis, Missouri, which at one point drew as many as eighteen thousand people every week. The devotion spread quickly from church to church until eventually, in St. Louis as in New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, and Boston, it became necessary to schedule eight to ten services a day to accommodate all the people who wanted to honor Our Lady under this title. Before long the custom of weekly devotions in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help had spread worldwide.

St. Joseph CC


8.10.2019

St. Joseph Church, Hardin, MT

 

 

 

 

 

St. Joseph’s, as you can see from the pictures below, is a very pretty Church. The congregation is not that large or they all go to Mass on Sunday, not sure.

 

 

 

 

 

Large or small it is a church and deserves being mentioned in a blog. The next church we attend, in Rapid City, SD is a Cathedral and is very impressive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Lady of Good Counsel


8.03.2019

Saturday-Our Lady of Good Counsel

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Saturday night which means Mass at another new church. This week we’ll be attending Our Lady of Good Counsel. We’ve never come across a church by this name before. Fr. German Osorio presided over the service with an awesomely inspiring sermon on the shallow importance on earthly things. How interesting that this sermon would mimic the saying we post in all our blogs: “Happiness is to have everything, you need. Not the need to have everything.” It was probably just me but I did find a correlation in the statements.

 

 

 

 

 

The pictures may not be as sharp as usual since I was lazy and used my cell phone then shot a picture with my camera. What you cannot see in this picture is that the statue of the Blessed Virgin is holding a “Brown Scapular.”

Mount Angel Abbey*


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7.25.2019-Thursday-Abbey

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We’re off today to experience Mount Angel Abbey. The property it sits on is mostly a butte. As we have discussed in the past; a butte is a hill, both small and tall, made up of dirt, stone and in this area, a combination of volcanic ash and/or magma from thousands of years ago. We begin our tour at the first building on the property, the Press. It is here that the monks legally print documents or reprint books or booklets of interest to the seminary. Below Carla is asking the best way to view all the buildings. to the right is a shot of inside the Press Building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the pictures above are two dormitory buildings. There is an option to attend, for a while, either on or off campus. If the grounds look awesome, almost as perfect as you would see at Disney, it’s probably through the assistance of the seminary students, the beer they brew and sell, the Coffee House of course and the tuition they charge to attend the seminary. Annual tuition, including room and board, runs a little over $36,000 per year. So, a four-year stay could be as high as $150,000. That’s much cheaper than going to Pharmacy School. At Mass. College of Pharmacy tuition, without room and board, is running over $50,000/year. Below are two more dorm buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above left, I believe, is the Chapel, on the left and school building on the right. Our next stop for those building we can enter is the College Museum. If this is all we saw it would have been well worth the one-hour ride here. Below right is a replica of the “Crown of Thorns” that Jesus had to endure. I said replica. The Crucifixion was over 2000 years ago but the bramble bushes having these thorns thrive in the area of Mount Golgotha in Jerusalem, where Our Lord was crucified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above left, once again, the museum. to the right is the Seminary Chapel. The architecture of the chapel is Romanesque. Below right is the chapel Organ. It’s a Martin Ott Pipe Organ in the choir loft featuring 2478 pipes. Below left is the entrance to the chapel.

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In the foreground just to the left of the alter is another smaller organ. Also noteworthy is the seating configuration in the church. Very similar to what you might find in many of the English Churches and especially Cathedrals. I believe these are Choir Pews. Above right is the seminary library; awesome in size and décor. Above is about all we were permitted to experience. Below right is the walk-way to the Coffee-house, brewery and hundreds of acres of farmlands used to grow hops and almost all the other herbs needed for their beer.

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It would take several pictures to show off the many acres and variety of products grown on this property. Above right is the Coffee-House. They offer many unique beers, produced on the property and a short, simple menu to nimble on while enjoying your brew. Below is the inside of the Coffee-House and an Historic picture of the devastating fire that destroyed every building on the campus. It took over eighteen-months before classes would be held on the school grounds. I think this took place in 1926 or there about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below left is a peek of the distillery. The staff here were so awesome. Very informative and once lived in the vicinity from where we came from.

 

 

 

 

 

The ride home, in Oregon, is always a pleasant experience.

 

Mount Angel Abbey


7.25.2019

Mount Angel Abbey

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We’re off today to experience Mount Angel Abbey. The property it sits on is mostly a butte. As we have discussed in the past; a butte is a hill, both small and tall, made up of dirt, stone and in this area, a combination of volcanic ash and/or magma from thousands of years ago. We begin our tour at the first building on the property, the Press. It is here that the monks legally print documents or reprint books or booklets of interest to the seminary. Below Carla is asking the best way to view all the buildings. to the right is a shot of inside the Press Building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the pictures above are two dormitory buildings. There is an option to attend, for a while, either on or off campus. If the grounds look awesome, almost as perfect as you would see at Disney, it’s probably through the assistance of the seminary students, the beer they brew and sell, the Coffee House of course and the tuition they charge to attend the seminary. Annual tuition, including room and board, runs a little over $36,000 per year. So, a four-year stay could be as high as $150,000. That’s much cheaper than going to Pharmacy School. At Mass. College of Pharmacy tuition, without room and board, is running over $50,000/year. Below are two more dorm buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above left, I believe, is the Chapel, on the left and school building on the right. Our next stop for those building we can enter is the College Museum. If this is all we saw it would have been well worth the one-hour ride here. Below right is a replica of the “Crown of Thorns” that Jesus had to endure. I said replica. The Crucifixion was over 2000 years ago but the bramble bushes having these thorns thrive in the area of Mount Golgotha in Jerusalem, where Our Lord was crucified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above left, once again, the museum. to the right is the Seminary Chapel. The architecture of the chapel is Romanesque. Below right is the chapel Organ. It’s a Martin Ott Pipe Organ in the choir loft featuring 2478 pipes. Below left is the entrance to the chapel.

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In the foreground just to the left of the alter is another smaller organ. Also noteworthy is the seating configuration in the church. Very similar to what you might find in many of the English Churches and especially Cathedrals. I believe these are Choir Pews. Above right is the seminary library; awesome in size and décor. Above is about all we were permitted to experience. Below right is the walk-way to the Coffee-house, brewery and hundreds of acres of farmlands used to grow hops and almost all the other herbs needed for their beer.

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It would take several pictures to show off the many acres and variety of products grown on this property. Above right is the Coffee-House. They offer many unique beers, produced on the property and a short, simple menu to nimble on while enjoying your brew. Below is the inside of the Coffee-House and an Historic picture of the devastating fire that destroyed every building on the campus. It took over eighteen-months before classes would be held on the school grounds. I think this took place in 1926 or there about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below left is a peek of the distillery. The staff here were so awesome. Very informative and once lived in the vicinity from where we came from.

 

 

 

 

 

The ride home, in Oregon, is always a pleasant experience.

 

 

 

 

 

St. Michaels CC


7.20.2019

St. Michaels Catholic Church

The text in italics has been taken from the Web Site of the Church of Saint Michael.

Sandy’s St. Michael’s parishioners have a history that dates back with the pioneers of the Northwest territory. “Fr. Louis Verhaag offered the first Mass in Sandy, Oregon, in the residence of Paul Dunn. His congregation numbered fifty persons, one fourth of whom were Catholics and most of whom had never seen a priest before. Subsequently priests from East Portland continued to visit Sandy. In June 1886, Mr. Meinig donated an acre of land and a frame church was planned. It was erected until 1898.”

Looking through the pages of Sandy’s Centennial Book an article appears relating to Sandy’s St. Michael’s Church which states that on December 18, 1894 land was purchased from Henriette and George Rahner on Main Street in Sandy across from the present-day post-office building. From the Catholic Sentinel, July 21, 1898; The building will be a frame structure, 26X46 feet, and a tower 8X8 feet and 20 feet high.” Sandy was about to have a Catholic Church building. Cost $700.00.

This was such a pleasant experience. Fr. Gregg Bronsema gave such a great sermon you could ask for.

Again, in the Chronicle of Catholic History and dated December 15th, 1898 reads: “A small church forty-six by twenty-six feet at Sandy, Oregon, built by Fr. Anselm Wachter, OSB, was dedicated by Fr. J.J. O’Riordan under the title and patronage of St. Michael.” It was noted at that time that the new building 46X26 feet, with a neat porch had cost $700.00 with a debt of $100.00 remaining.

Another article from the Catholic Sentinel (May 11, 1911) states: “The parishioners of St. Michael’s Church are rejoicing over the announcement of semi-monthly services in the future. Many of them remember when Mass was celebrated there possible once in two years, and later on, once or twice a year. For the past few years the first Sunday of every month has found a priest for the services.”

The St. Michaels Parish was established in the 1850s’ .

0720191625.jpgThe first church was destroyed by a fire on October 28, 1917. The second St. Michael’s Church at Sandy was built under the direction of Fr. W.R. Hogan by Herman Miller. For a time, this parish was served by the Benedictine Fathers from Mount Angel. Since 1933 Sandy was attached to the parish at Estacada in charge of the Rev. Martin Doherty. Subsequently Sandy became the parish center with Estacada as a mission. It was later learned that after the fire of the first church a new site was located and purchased from Maggie Proctor January 24, 1918 on the corner of Strauss Street and Pleasant Avenue, the site of the present church. This second building is still in use.

It is interesting to note here that Helen Milan was one of the young people of the parish and with her first job in Portland spent her first paycheck of $35.00 purchasing and donating the three stained glass windows bearing her name in the choir loft of the present church. Following Fr. Hogan’s pastorate, the chapel was attended by various priests from the Abbey at Mt. Angel. Since 1933 Sandy had been attached to Estacada, but in 1953 members of the St. Michael’s parish purchased a house on the corner of Strauss and Pleasant Streets which would be used as a rectory. This house was purchased on December 28, 1953.

From the files of the Catholic Sentinel dated July 1, 1926 comes the first mention of the church at Welches: “New church on Mt. Hood Loop, St. John, is under construction at Murphy on the Mt. Hood Loop. The church will be attended by Fr. Bonaventure, OSB, pastor of St.

Michael’s Church, Sandy, Oregon. The property on which the church is built which includes an acre, was donated by Mrs. Honora Murphy, an aunt of Abbot Bernard Murphy, OSB, of Mt. Angel. An interesting note is found in the historical files of the Catholic Sentinel dated 1937 which reads: “A new chapel of St. John, to be built at Welches this summer, replacing the chapel that collapsed last winter. Mass will be offered in the open every Sunday until the new chapel is completed. Rev. Martin Doherty is the pastor of Welches’ St. John’s Church became the Mission of Sandy’s St. Michael’s Parish.

St. Joseph’s CC

6.29.2019

St Joseph’s Church in Cloverdale, OR-

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Fr. Jim Derringer- is the Pastor. So reassuring to hear a homily that the priest doesn’t read verbatim. The first words out of his mouth was “I don’t really agree with the translation of this Gospel by Luke; from that moment on he had my attention. Just to deviate for a minute to mention that just before the Mass began, we decided to read the bulletin; had to do something since we were thirty-minutes early but we did have our pick of pews. The bulletin gave a great dissertation on the “Brown Scapular.”

Remember, this is the scapular you received when you were six years old making your First Communion, but no one told you anything about it. Besides that, it was itchy, and your parents were going to give you a shinny new metal scapular; “do you still have it? Read the blog on the Brown Scapular if you really have time to kill, hopefully in the next 10 days.

Sacred Heart CC


6.15.2019

Sacred Heart Church

was dedicated just over 130 years ago.

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In the beginning the first Church in 1889 was St. Mary of the Sea.

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In 1906 the original Sacred Heart Church was built.

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The present Sacred Heart Church was built and dedicated in 1952.


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St. Christopher’s CC Kanab, UT

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March/April ITENERARY
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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St. Christopher’s CC a Mission Church in Kanab, Utah.

4.21.2019

Originally called Offero, Saint Christopher, began as a pagan.  He was born during the third century at Canaan, a region encompassing modern-day Israel.  Did you know that he was a well-built, strong man and so tall that he was sometimes referred to as a giant?  One day he met a holy hermit who guided travelers to the safe points where they could cross a dangerous river.  Then took the place of the hermit but instead of just guiding travelers, he would often carry them across the river.  He paid close attention to helping any small children. 

Saint Christopher converted to Christianity through the teachings of the holy hermit.  He was baptized as “Christoffero” which eventually led to the name Christopher.  In AD250 the Roman Emperor Decius issued an edict for the suppression of Christianity.  Christopher was one of many arrested and executed during these persecutions.  He is represented in Christian Art, usually shown with his emblems, the Christ Child, a tree in bloom and a torrent.  Saint Christopher is loved and honored in the churches both of the East and the West.  In addition to being the patron and protector of all travelers, he is also invoked against storms and sudden death.  July 25th is his feast day.

To honor Saint Christopher, there is a very welcoming church in Kane County Utah. 

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Saint Christopher’s Catholic Church is located in Kanab, known locally as “Little Hollywood” due to its history as a filming location for mostly western movies and television series, just north of the Arizona state line.  Kanab was

first settled in 1864 and the town was founded in 1870.   Situated in the “Grand Circle” area, Kanab is centrally located among Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon (North Rim), Zion National Park, and Lake Powell.   So, if you find yourself traveling through any of these areas, consider attending the 9am Sunday Mass at Saint Christopher’s Catholic Church ∙ 39 W 200 S ∙ Kanab, UT 84741 ∙ Phone: (435) 644-3414 ∙ Website: http://www.christthekingutah.org/.

Sunday is a great opportunity to visit Kanab and Saint Christopher’s Catholic Church, but there is also daily service Monday through Saturday at certain times of the year. 

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The church is easily located, just off the main road and highway close.  The tall dark red brick steeple can be seen as your turn onto the street with the tall white cross on top.  From the outside, the church is dark red brick and the exquisite stained glass windows can be viewed for the new church. (I was not able to see the interior.)  Since the church is under construction, they are currently celebrating mass in the attached hall, which they have transformed beautifully. 

They are very hospitable and welcome you from the time you enter the door.  There is  a guest book to sign and give you a bulletin, a welcome smile and handshake.  This is one of the churches, that during tourist season, greets people from all over the world, so I suppose they have plenty of experience.

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A handsome statue of Joseph is atop a marble and white wooden pillar and just behind the pulpit.  The altar table is intricately detailed with an inlaid wooden cross and flowers and has two candles on top a white linen cloth.  Behind the altar table is a simple, yet elegant crucifix hanging on the back wall. There are chairs for the ministers of the mass on each side of the crucifix along with a Credence Table.  The left of the altar is adorned with a lovely statue of Mary atop a pillar.  Another pulpit is just to the right of Mary along with a wooden stand that holds the days’ music numbers.   Just to the left of the stand and along the left wall, is a is a framed window that has sliding doors and opens to the kitchen.  The kitchen door is next to the window along with storage doors and the entrance.

(Back in the 1950’s a trailer with two rows
of seating was all this community had.
At present the Church is maintained and
supported by only twenty-five families.
The percentage of Catholics in Utah is only 6%. )

Father Rick Sherman was the presider for today’s mass and gives a great homily.  The priests that service Saint Christopher’s Catholic Church are from Christ the King Catholic Church in Cedar City.  They are dedicated and put many miles on their vehicles.  Lord, bless the traveling priests and their faithful parishioners.  Please give them this day the gift You gave Your chosen ones on the way to Emmaus: Your presence in their hearts, Your holiness in their souls, Your joy in their spirits. And let them see You face to face in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread.  Amen.

(There is a very nice article written for the Intermountain Catholic, back in 2007 that has 3 photos of the church before renovations and was during the celebration of 50 years.

http://www.icatholic.org/article/st-christopher-church-kanab-marks-50-years-4113215)

 

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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

 

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April 28, 2019

This is me climbing into the pulpit once again.
My blog/My option.
Read only if you’re looking for
a better chance for salvation.

This text is taken from the St. George Catholic Church letter in St. George, UT.
In a very short and concise manor Fr. Picos has done a great job
in telling the story of Divine Mercy Sunday.

 

Jesus spoke to St. Maria Faustina and said, my daughter, speak to the world of my inexhaustible mercy. I desire that this feast be a refuge and a shelter for all souls, especially for poor sinners. The very debts of my mercy will be opened that day. I will poor out a sea of graces upon those souls that will approach me on this day.

A great gift from Jesus to you.

According to this great promise, Jesus is offering all souls a  chance for a new “Baptism” each year, giving everyone an opportunity to “wipe the soul clean.” If a soul taking advantage of this great gift in all sincerity and with proper contrition was to die after receiving Holy Communion, on the Feast of Mercy and before committing another sin, they would go immediately to heaven, without any time in Purgatory – regardless of past life.

The remarkable grace of the Feast of Mercy is also very much akin to the grace of Baptism.  The Sacramental grace of Baptism received by an adult is not only the removal of original sin but is also the forgiveness of all personal sins and any punishment due to them, so the soul cleansed on the Feast of Mercy is like the soul of one newly baptized in the promises mentioned, however, Christ joined the forgiveness of all sins and punishment to the Holy Communion received on the Feast of Mercy.

In other words so far as that matter is concerned He raised it (the Holy Communion on the Feast of Mercy) to the rank of a “second Baptism.”

To fittingly observe the Feast of Mercy it should be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. This Novena begins on Good Friday, for 2019 it’s on April 19th.

The Feast should be preceded by a novena of Chaplets to the Divine Mercy beginning on Good Friday.  (Leaflets are available in churches). For the computer astute individuals you may goto:

Click here togo to the Divine Mercy Novena online

Most churches have a special Divine Mercy Mass scheduled for the Sunday after Easter, check or call the local parish church for more information.

Confession and Communion on that day (Mercy Sunday). Confession should be as close as possible to the Feast.

An Act of Mercy should take place, such as

Merciful Word- such as Forgiving and comforting.

Merciful Prayer- Prayers of Mercy for someone.

Merciful Deed- Any of the Corporal works of mercy (see below).

1. To feed the hungry;

2. to give drink to the thirsty;

3. to clothe the naked;

4. to harbor the homeless;

5. to visit the sick;

6. to visit the imprisoned;

7. to bury the dead.


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Holy Family CC in Las Vegas-k

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Travel Plans up to end of June:
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (x7n)(654m)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest

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A beautiful statuary at the front of the church of the Holy Family.

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Above, the pastor of the church.

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As you enter the church.

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Above, the foyer of the church.

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The outside entrance to the church.

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Holy Family Church in Jerome, AZ

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14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights (A section!!)
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights

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3.10.2019 

New Life for Holy Family Catholic Church, Jerome AZ…

Posted on by Diane Rapport-November 26, 2014

Scott Kola, wasn’t always Catholic. He was a renegade from growing up in a family of conservative Orthodox Jews with a Rabbi father and converted to Catholicism eleven years ago. Today, he lives in the Holy Family Catholic Church’s convent, where he can monitor day-to-day restoration. The Holy Family Catholic Church in Jerome AZ, built in 1896, then rebuilt a few years later after it burned down, is the town’s oldest church. Image courtesy Wikimedia.

A year and a half ago, Scott outlined the structural problems of the church and his dreams for renovation to Father David Kalesh, pastor of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood. The three-story brick and stone back wall facing Main Street is bowed, its foundation crumbling, mortar for its brick and stone façade in need of repointing. Not surprising for a building that was built in 1896, burned in the fire of 1898, and was rebuilt as a brick and stone structure in 1899-1900. It was known as the ‘miner’s church.

Father David and Scott Kolu became strong allies. Together they are bringing Jerome’s Holy Family Catholic Church back to life. Father David conducts Mass on the third Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. When long-time and much loved Jerome resident Don Walsh died in late September, a funeral service was held to a packed church of family and friends. “The church has immense historic value,” Father David told me. “Most important are the memories the church holds for former parishioners and their families who visit Jerome. I would like to help the church become the polished jewel that it once was.”

The Pipe Organ

The organ, designed especially for smaller churches, was built by the

prestigious Kilgen and Sons Pipe Organ Company in St. Louis in the early nineteen hundreds. Only two others of the same compact design still remain in the United States. (Perhaps the most well known Kilgen church pipe organ is housed in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.)

“We are ecstatic that Mr. Charles Kegg, President and Artistic Director of Kegg Pipe Organ Builders (www.keggorgan.com) is willing to take on the restoration project,” Scott said. I sent an email to Mr. Kegg and asked him why. “I would like to restore it to its original condition so that it can remain an example of this almost extinct style of American pipe organ,” he said. “The pipe organ in Jerome is rather unusual. . . It was being sent to a place where electricity probably didn’t exist at all at the time, so this organ was built using methods from the mid-19th century and with the intention that it must play under difficult circumstances with little or no maintenance. This was not uncommon at all for remote locations. . . Jerome must have been an outpost much more remote than other locations that would want a pipe organ. Another thing that makes it unusual is that it has survived, virtually intact.”

The article was first published in the Verde Independent newspaper in Cottonwood, AZ on November 18. The photo gallery of Vyto Starkinskas’ photos are spectacular. http://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=63344

(Diane Sward Rapaport is the author of Home Sweet Jerome: Death and Rebirth of Arizona’s Richest Copper Mining City. The blogs are different from the stories that are included in the book.) 

© 2019 – Home Sweet Jerome

 

Immaculate Conception RCC

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15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights

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3.07.2019-Immaculate Conception Roman CC

In 2002 Cottonwood, AZ was mushrooming into the most prominent town in this part of Arizona. N that year a temporary church was built in Cottonwood that could accommodate up to 400 parishioners. It did not take very long before each Mass service was at 90% capacity. In 2006 a committee was set up for the construction of a new church. Ground breaking for the new building took place on 12/8/2009.

The front of the church has three sets of doors. Only the Bishop may enter through the “Center” set of doors but anyone and everyone may use the center doors to exit the church.

The Bell Tower has three bells. They are dedicated to Archangels Gabriel, Rafael and Michael.

 

 

 

 

The Confessional in this picture comes from the National Church of North Benton, Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The large “Configuration Window” measures 15 x 25 feet in size. It has 36 smaller windows in it. T is considered “irreplaceable.” It was created for the Transfiguration Church in Philadelphia, PA. The “Rose Window” was created in 1856 for the Immaculate Church in Buffalo, NY. The church was built in 1856 and closed in 2005. The stain glass windows on the left side of the church are based on the Corporal Works of Mercy. The seven stain glass windows on the right side of the church reflect the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

 

 

 

 

The stations of the Cross around the church were made for the Immaculate Conception Church in Prescott Valley. Each is five feet tall. Father David Kelash is the Pastor and is adamant on keeping this parish moving forward. Soon the town expects the building of over 5000 new homes. The Immaculate Conception Church offers both English and Spanish Masses with a splash of Latin just to remind all the Church’s roots. Confession is offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

 

Mario and a husband and wife in the gift shop were very generous with their time and background information on this church. Both this parish and Cottonwood are growing. On our way home we spent a few dollars at Walmart.

 

 

 

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This picture shows only two of the three doors into the church. The center door, (center picture) may be used by all when exiting the church, but only the bishop may enter the church through these doors

 

 

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The Baptismal Font came from Holy family Church in Jerome. It was made in 1887. It is located just as you enter the church is symbolic that Baptism is needed before we can join the Catholic Family of the Church.

 

MORE TO COME……..!

 

 

The text to follow courtesy of the Catholic News Agency

Our Lady of Czestochowa as Queen of Poland-History on the painting…

The image dates back to the time of the Twelve Apostles, and was painted by the hand of St. Luke the Evangelist, who is believed to have used a tabletop from a table built by Jesus during his time as a carpenter. According to the legend, it was while Luke was painting Mary that she recounted to him the events in the life of Jesus that would eventually be used in his Gospel.

The same legend states that when St. Helen came to Jerusalem in 326 AD to look for the true Cross, she also happened to find this image of Our Lady. She then gave it as a gift to her son Constantine, who built a shrine to venerate it. The painting was placed inside a small church, and the prince later had a Pauline monastery and church built at the location to ensure the painting’s safety. However, in 1430 the Hussites overran the monastery, attempting to take the image. In the process one of the looters took the painting and put it into a wagon and tried to drive away. But when the horses refused to move, he struck the painting twice with his sword. As he raised his hand to strike it again, he suddenly fell over writhing in pain and died. Despite previous attempts to repair the scars from the arrow and the blows from the sword, restorers had trouble in covering them up since the painting was done with tempera infused with diluted wax. The marks remain visible to this day.

More recent stories surrounding the image involve the Russian invasion of Poland in 1920, holding that when the Russian army was gathering on the banks of the Vistula River and threatening Warsaw, they saw an image of Our Lady in the clouds over the city, prompting them to withdraw. The image of Our Lady of Czestochowa gets its nickname “Black Madonna” from the soot residue which discolors the painting as a result of centuries of votive lights and candles burned in front of it. Since the fall of communism in Poland, pilgrimages to the image have significantly increased. As many as 2.5 million pilgrims expected to gather in Krakow for this year’s WYD event. While not all of them will join Pope Francis in Czestochowa, his visit will surely attract more pilgrims to the spot.
A replica of this painting is found in the Immaculate Conception Church, cottonwood, AZ


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Our Lady of Lourdes Church

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Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
4. Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (71m)
5. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
6. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
7. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
8. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights
Phoenix, AZ overnight

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2.28.2019

Our Lady of Lourdes

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“Our Lady of Lourdes was founded by Father Felix Emile Joseph Dilly in late 1894. Church construction began immediately on the site of the today’s church. The church building was built by the parishioners of the day out of adobe bricks and wood. The church could seat about 80 worshippers on 12 pews when completed.

The parish community thrived as Benson continued to grow over the next 50 years as the ranching industry grew up, the railroad was constructed and the explosives industry was formed to support the growth in mining around southern Arizona. There were 20 pastors of the church in this span of years.

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During this time period, Our Lady of Lourdes was a mission of Tombstone, St. Patrick’s in Bisbee and Sacred Heart in Nogales. Then Tombstone became a mission of Benson from 1931 to 1960. Then in 1966, Our Lady of Lourdes became a separate parish of it’s own.
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The groundbreaking for the new church was on June first 1948. The footers for the foundation were 5×5 feet to add strength for the poor soil conditions. Fifteen men and boys worked all night to lay the foundation. The church was constructed of clay blocks. The architecture of modified Spanish style with exposed beams represented the stable of Bethlehem. The builders in charge were Shorty Martinez, Vern Bell and the architect Terry Atkinson. Dedication ceremonies were set for May 22, 1949. 3945 After construction of the new church, the old church deteriorated quickly, even though it was being used a parish hall. Fr. Norm Whalen made plans to build new classrooms and a new parish hall. In April of 1967 the bell tolled for the old church when it was demolished. It stood for 72 years in service to the Lord and the people of Benson. 3957 After the old church was torn down, nothing was left in the spot but vacant ground where a lawn was planted. In early 1973 Msgr. Rosettie and Abe Samuels came up with a plan for a grotto to be located in the empty area left by the old church. Construction began in February. All the work was done by hand with the rock being hauled from a quarry in Dragoon and from the Whetstone mountains. The shrine was completed March 13, 1976 and it was dedicated the following day. When the church was decorated for Easter in 1980 a defective electrical extension cord caught fire which spread through the west side of the church causing extensive damage to the building structure, although almost all the items in the sanctuary, including the tabernacle and statues were saved. The fire was extinguished by the Benson fire department, but the fire damage left the church unusable. Mass was held either outside in the grotto area or in the parish hall depending on the weather until the church was reconstructed.”

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Mission San Xavier

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7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP x 12 nights. (190m)
Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
4. Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (71m)
5. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
6. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
7. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
8. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights
Phoenix, AZ overnight

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2.20.2019

The text below in bold and italic was taken from Wikipedia.

Mission San Xavier del Bac (Spanish: Misión de San Xavier del Bac) is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O’odham Nation San Xavier Indian Reservation.

Fr. Francis Xavier rest at the founder of the Mission and co-founder of the Society of Jesus

The mission was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino[1] in the center of a centuries-old Indian settlement of the Sobaipuri O’odham who were a branch of the Akimel or River O’odham, located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. The mission was named for Francis Xavier, a Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order) in Europe.

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At the end of this tour you’ll find vendors, local parishioners, cooking and

selling fried bread to us, the tourists. The bread was delicious. After sampling the bread Sue and Tom drove us to a Mexican restaurant in Tucson where we enjoyed an excellent Mexican meal. We went to the Mi Nidito Restaurant, Bill Clinton, as well as, many other celebrities and athletes as well. The food is great but the parking leaves much to be desired.

The original church was built to the north of the present Franciscan church. This northern church or churches served the mission until being razed during an Apache raid in 1770.

Today’s Mission was built between 1783-1797; it is the oldest European structure in Arizona; the labor was provided by the O’odham.[1] An outstanding example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, it hosts some 200,000 visitors each year.

Below sue Ward listens to our tour guide.

Tom Ward and Carla lead the way our tour guide is going.

The site is also known in the O’odham language as “goes in” or comes in: meaning “where the water goes in”, as the water in the Santa Cruz came up to the surface a couple of miles south of Martinez HIll and then submerged again near Los Reales Wash. The Santa Cruz River that used to run year round in this section, once critical to the community’s survival, now runs only part of the year.

The Mission is a pilgrimage site, with thousands visiting each year on foot[4] and on horseback, some among ceremonial cavalcades, or cabalgatas in Spanish.

This mural is high above the left side of the church. You will only see it in this church. It is a mural of Mary, Mother of Jesus, diapering the infant Jesus. This may not be that clear but at the same time it’s over one-hundred years old. Not one thing I’ve ever done will be around 100 years from now.

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St. Patrick Cathedral, El Paso-done

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5. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
6. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
7. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
8. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights
Phoenix, AZ overnight

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2.18.2019-St. Patrick Cathedral, El Paso

The text on this venue in bold and italicized has been taken
from the St. Patrick Cathedral web Site.

Located downtown, the Cathedral is a work of art and it is one of El Paso’s historical landmarks. The construction began when the first stone was laid and blessed by Father Edward Barry S.J. and Father Francis Roy, S.J. on July 31, 1914, the feast day of Saint Ignatius Loyola and was dedicated Thanksgiving Day November 29,1917.

The St. Louis architectural firm of Barnett, Haynes, and Barnett designed the church. The contractors were Kroeger, Mayfield and Shaw of El Paso. The style is a blend of Byzantine and Romanesque architecture.

Together, the clergy and townspeople built the Cathedral as a beautiful expression of Faith that provided an uplifting environment for Catholic worship and an inspiring place for private prayer.

The goal was to raise $150,000 to begin the church building. Fr. Barry had raised $12,000, but needed an equal amount to begin construction. He distributed hundreds of cards with a picture of the proposed new church with an announcement that anyone who donates the sum of $10,000 will have the privilege of selecting the saint in whose honor the new church will be named.

In December of 1913, Mrs. Delia Lane presented Fr. Barry with a check for $10,000! Her innate modesty would not allow her to select a name. She gave the privilege to the “Daughters of Erin” (of which she was a member) who named it, by unanimous consent, after Saint Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland.

The Cathedral’s original pipe organ was made by George Gilgen & Sons of St. Louis at a cost of $7,000. It had 2500 pipes and was electrical in its mechanism, and had a marvelous tone.

The large Crucifix mounted in the choir loft was a gift given in commemoration of Bishop Anthony J. Schuler, S.J. on the occasion of his fiftieth jubilee upon entering the Society of Jesus. It was originally placed in the sanctuary on Good Friday 1936 where it remained until it was moved to its present location during the renovation.

On April 3, 1914, the Vatican under Pope Pius X elevated and es tab li shed El Paso as a Diocese. In June, 1915, after the death of Pope Pius X, Pope Benedict XV appointed Rev. Anthony J. Schuler, S.J., as the first Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso. Bishop Schuler announced that upon his arrival in El Paso he planned to take the new St. Patrick Church as his Cathedral.

A short time later her brother, Michael Connerton, donated $10,000 for the main altar, which is a smaller replica of the altar in the cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri. The two side altars cost $5,000 each.

The construction of the Baldachino (main altar) is a canopy-like structure that projects out from a wall and is supported by columns and is used specifically over an altar or seat of honor. The supporting columns on either side of the main al tar are 15 ’12 inches thick and 8 feet 8 inches tall. Six different marbles were used: Numidian red, Brown Sienna, Champville yellow, Blanco P. (white), black, gold, and Sylvan green. The mosaic is Venetian red and gold. The height of the main altar is twenty-seven feet. The altar railing is Numidian red, Sylvan green and Champville yellow.

 

On the left side of the main altar is a small chapel. Initially it was used for early services, private masses and official meetings. During past years the chapel was named St. Rita’s Chapel and later, Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel. Vatican II stated that the Tabernacle should specifically be in a space designed for individual devotion. The chapel was then selected as the “Chapel of Repose” where a new tabernacle was placed. Stained-glass windows were donated by individual parishioners and installed in 2002. Griffin Studios of Ruidoso are designers of the windows depicting the seven Sacraments.

The beautiful painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe located in a niche on the west side of the church is over 300 years old. It is from Zacatecas, Mexico, given by an anonymous donor to the Cathedral in 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1929 the original glass windows were replaced with the existing stained-glass windows. The twenty West to East stained glass windows show the scenes of Jesus Christ from His birth to resurrection. The windows were custom made by the Emil Frei Art Glass Co. of St. Louis, Missouri and Munich, Germany. The company was founded in 1898 by Bavarian-born Emil Frei, Sr. The Company is still designing beautiful works of art for churches from New York to San Francisco. Their work is equal in every respect to any of the best windows imported from Europe. The glass used was mouth-blown antique glass from Germany. Various parishioners donated the windows with an inscription to a member of their family or friend.

The Cathedral has undergone minor renovation to maintain the structural integrity of the building over the years. On May 17, 1988, during a thunderstorm, a lightning bolt struck the steeple and set it on fire causing considerable damage. The damaged steeple was removed and a new one erected. The organ was completely destroyed due to extensive water damage as well as part of the interior of the church. This forced the decision to move ahead on the plans to renovate the Cathedral, bringing it in accordance with the requirements of the Second Vatican Council.

The total cost of the renovation was $660,000. This included enlarging the sanctuary by removing a portion of the communion rail. The Bishop’s and priest’s chairs were placed facing the congregation. A new permanent altar and ambo were installed incorporating a section of the removed altar rail. An entrance to accommodate the handicapped, a new sound system, and a small gathering plaza at the top of the stairs leading into the Cathedral were the main focal points of the renovation.

Whether you have come to pray or simply to view the beauty, we hope you are nourished in spirit and will return again to the Cathedral of Saint Patrick.


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St. Victor Church-done

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This month’s Travel Plans:
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP x 12 nights. (190m)
Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
4. Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (71m)
5. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
6. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
7. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
8. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights
Phoenix, AZ overnight

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The bold italic text in this blog is from the Web Site of St. Victor Catholic Church/ Chapel

WHO WAS ST. VICTOR?

St. Victor was a native of Africa and succeeded St. Eleutherius as Pope, about the year 189. He opposed the heresies of that time and ex-communicated those who taught that Jesus Christ was only a man and not God. He was involved in the controversy regarding the date of Easter and confirmed the decree of Pope Pius 1, which ordered the Feast of Easter to be celebrated on a Sunday. He ruled the Church for ten years. His energy and zeal exposed him to persecutions for which alone he deserves the honors of a martyr, which are accorded him liturgically. This pope is named in the canon of the Ambrosian Mass and is said by St. Jerome to have been the first in Rome to celebrate the Mysteries in Latin. He was formerly held in special veneration in Scotland for having sent missionaries there. While we know little about him, we may reflect that it was through such people as St. Victor, that Christianity took root and has survived to be cherished by us some eighteen centuries later.

 

 

The new Chapel, that part with the cross on the roof, was just completed and dedicated in January, 2019.

THE HISTORY OF OUR PARISH

St. Victor Parish was founded in 1961 by the Rev. Prendeville. Its territory was originally part of St. Patrick Church, St. John Vianney Church (both in San Jose) and St. John the Baptist Church in Milpitas. The first Mass was celebrated on October 29, 1961, the Feast of Christ the King, in an old farm house that Mateo and Ann Sunseri made available to the community. This temporary church served as a place of worship for seventeen months. Men of the parish took care of remodeling the farm house and provided 160 seats for the community.

The first Christmas midnight Mass was celebrated with an ancient spinet organ donated for that occasion.  The farmhouse lights worked on individual chains. It was understood that parishioners in the front rows would stand and move to the side so that communicants would be able to kneel at the railing. On summer days, early Mass was best and in rainy weather, boots were convenient. It was a simple and homey church in every sense of the word.

The first rectory was purchased in August 1961. It was used as such until 1964 when the church bought two other properties to house the priests. The original rectory then became the convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Corondolet. In 1972, a house was purchased at 3108 Sierra Rd for use as a rectory; it is now the current Parish Office Building.

To serve the needs of the rapidly growing community, it was decided to build a Church Hall. On May 28, 1978, ground was broken. The shell was built by a construction company and the men of the parish did the finishing work. The hall was completed on April 11, 1979; Bishop Francis Quinn blessed it on April 22, 1979.

 

 

Just when everything was going well for the faith community, a calamity struck on April 10, 1980. A three-alarm fire swept through St. Victor Church and burned it to the ground, including the newly-installed $22,000 organ. Investigators reported that an arsonist started the fire using candles taken from the sacristy.  But out of the ashes emerged the indomitable spirit of the St. Victor Community. The night after the fire, the Parish Council, led by the then-acting chairman, Tom Zeitvogel, had an emergency meeting. It was decided then to rebuild the church with a Spanish Mission theme. Jean Dargis headed the pledge drive to secure funds for the building of the new church and the ground-breaking ceremony took place on June 14, 1981. The first mass was celebrated on May 15, 1982 and on September 9, 1982, Bishop Pierre DuMaine dedicated the church, followed by a parish barbecue and Fiesta.

In June of 1996, a decision was made to construct another wing to take care of the needs of the growing population. Located on the southeast corner of the present school building, the new wing houses meeting rooms and additional space for St. Victor School.


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Everything we will be, 
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San Fernando Cathedral

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This month’s Travel Plans:
3. Jan. 20th Willis, TX at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP x 12 nights. (190m)
Feb. 1st. Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
4. Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (71m)
5. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
6. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
7. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
8. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(TC) x13 nights
9. Mar. 3rd Phoenix, AZ overnight
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This is the San Fernando Cathedral located in San Antonio, Texas. Right after we had visited the Alamo Carla spoke to a Texas Ranger  and he explained that this cathedral was only six blocks away or about a fifteen minute walk.

 
The bold and italicized text is courtesy of Wikipedia
The original church of San Fernando was built between 1738 and 1750. The walls of that church today form the sanctuary of the cathedral, which gives rise to its claim as the oldest cathedral in the State of Texas. The church was named for Ferdinand III of Castile, who ruled in the 13th century.

The baptismal font, believed to be a gift from Charles III, who became King of Spain from 1759, is the oldest piece of liturgical furnishing in the cathedral. The cathedral was built by settlers from the Canary Islands, for this reason the interior is an image of the Virgin of Candelaria, the patroness of the Canary Islands.[2]

THIS CRIPT CARRIES THE REMAINS OF MANY OF THE

FIGHTERS AND HEROES OF THE ALAMO.

In 1831, Jim Bowie married Ursula de Veramendi in San Fernando.
In 1836, the cathedral, still a parish church, played a role in the Battle of the Alamo when Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna hoisted a flag of “no quarter” from the church’s tower, marking the beginning of the siege.[3]

THE STATIONS ARE VERY INTENSE AND BEAUTIFUL.

In 1868, under the director of architect Francois P. Giraud, the cathedral was considerably enlarged in the Gothic style, the addition forming the existing nave. The carved stone Stations of the Cross were added in 1874. The striking stained glass windows were added in 1920.[3]
On September 13, 1987, Pope John Paul II visited the cathedral during the only papal visit to Texas. A marker commemorates the event.


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Everything we will be, 
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The Alamo

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This month’s Travel Plans:
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP x 12 nights. (190m)
8. Feb. 1st Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
9. Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (71m)
10. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
11. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
12. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
13. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights
14. March 3rd Phoenix, AZ overnight
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02.06.19- the Alamo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This picture and the building portrayed in it has nothing to do with the Alamo, except that you’ll see this building as you enter San Antonio. This facility is as big as a FedEx or Sam’s distribution centers. It’s the “Food Pantry” distribution center for san Antonio, Texas. It is unbelievably big.

Above right are the garrisons, but at the time of the battle this area was use to store ammunition. To thlef is the Alamo gift Shop. Below is a monument dedicated to the heroes of the Alamo, over two-hundred in number. Below to the right is a picture of the Oak Tree planted at the Alamo in commemoration of the fallen. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above is a blow-up of the list of names on the monument. Bowie and Crockett were the two I knew about the most. Below Carla is talking to a Texas Ranger asking him for directions to the San Fernando Cathedral.

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St. Stanislaus Church

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This month’s Travel Plans:
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP x 12 nights. (190m)
Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
4. Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (71m)
5. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
6. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
7. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
8. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights
Phoenix, AZ overnight

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02.02.19 Sat- St. Stanislaus Church in Bandera, TX. This is about a thirty minute ride from the campground were staying at.

A little history of the Church. This text is taken from the St. Stanislaus Web Site in the History section. Everything italicized is part of that text.

A HISTORY OF OUR CHURCH 1855-2009
St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Parish had its beginning in 1855 when immigrant families from Poland landed at Indianola, Texas and proceeded to Bandera to settle.  This was only six weeks after the settling of the first Polish Parish in the United States at Panna Maria, Texas.  In 1859 they began in a 20’ x 30’ log structure, which served as their first church. The entire block on which the church is located was purchased for only $1.00 from the James de Montel Company.

This is also, we were told by a lovely parishioner Molly, that it’s the second oldest Catholic Church in the Country, not just Texas. The oldest Church in the USA is in a small town just south of San Antonio, TX, which we will never see because I have no intention of driving through San Antonio again.

Being fortunate enough to have attended would have been a perfect evening for us, then came Molly. She gave us the nickel version on the history of the church and then asked if we were coming next week. We said yes next Saturday night. But you must come on Sunday and enjoy our annual dinner, she added. It would be an extensive selection of Polish meals and recipes. I insisted that we would be there. This has turned out to be a very special venue for us, and I’m sure we’ll remember all these events for years to come. June, July and August are the three hottest months, humidity also. Jan, Feb and March rarely go below freezing and seldom ever snows. This just might be a nice hide-away for us next year after the Christmas season is over with family and friends. 

This is of the Church. Father Frank Kurza, Pastor
In her Centennial Year, 1976, the church was adorned with gothic lights, and she was given a complete interior makeover.  Six additional stained glass windows were installed in 1990, and in 1996 the statues and Stations of the Cross were repainted, and the altars all re-marbleized.  In 2000, the small room off of the sanctuary was transformed into a chapel for the purpose of Perpetual Adoration.  Two additional stained glass windows were installed in the Adoration Chapel and two more in the Sacristy.  In 2002, work began on the outside of the church.  The limestone rock was cleaned and the old mortar between the limestone was chipped out and replaced.  This work was completed at the beginning of 2003.

The church in which we worship today was built in 1876.  It was constructed of native limestone.  Originally, the sacristy and rectory were located above the rear of the building, the church bell being hung in a small cupola placed on the roof of same area.  In 1906 the steeple was completed.  The baptistry and confessionals were added in later years, as was a larger bell, and in the 1940’s parish families donated stained glass windows.  An all steel steeple with a stainless steel cross was erected in 1988.
(the web site contains a little more information about the convent and school should you want to read about it in more detail. goto St. Stanislaus History


 

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral

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This month’s Travel Plans:
2. Jan. 14th Lake City, FL – Overnight (147m)
3. Jan. 15th Crestview, FL- Overnight (169m)
4. Jan. 16th Robertsdale, AL-Wilderness RVP (RPI) x 4 nights (165m)
5. Jan. 18th Hammond, LA Overnight (183m)
6. Jan. 19th Lafayette, LA- Overnight
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX staying at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP for 12 nights.

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01.16.19 Wednesday-IMMECULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL IN MOBILE, AL.

Above is a bridge typical of what Boston has over the Charles, I believe. Below is a picture of the Mobile, AL skyline.

This is “Cathedral Square” directly across the street from the Cathedral. Below is the front of the Cathedral. This parish was established in 1702 and the first church was build in a location not far from this spot.

The picture above and many below are views inside the Cathedral.
      The Ornate Umbrella called the Ombrellino, is one of the two special symbols is tradition in a Cathedral to be used when the Holy Father visits the Cathedral. The other is the bell. And you’re saying what bell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the left side of the picture in the middle is the bell. The picture to the right is a blow-up of that item. This bell is another traditional Roman symbol called a Tintinnabulum. The Ombrellino and Tintinnabulum are used to both announce to the parishioners that the Holy Father is approaching the Cathedral and the  Ombrellino is used to protect the Holy Father from inclement weather.

A close-up picture of the sanctuary. There are the two  67 minor Basilica in the US and 4 in Rome. Each Basilica has the two important Roman Symbols, the Ombrellino and Tintinnabulum. The Cathedral Basilica has been graced with fine organs almost since its dedication in 1850. George Jardine, a well-known New York organ builder, completed the first instrument in 1858; it served admirably for nearly a century, until it was severely damaged by a fire in 1954. (Notes taken from the history of the Cathedral)
 We are now in the lower portion of the church called the Crypt. This was added to the facility a few years ago. It is not fully available to the public, thanks to a metal gate. It is here that the remains of the Bishops that serve the diocese are Encrypted. 

 

This is the Coat of Arms for the Cathedral.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This very impressive piece of furniture is solely to be used by either an Archbishop and or Bishop only. This chair has a special name. It’s called the “Cathedra.”  This leads to the reason why the church is called a Cathedral.

Just a close up picture of a couple of the Stations of the Cross. Below is for my brother. He mentions often that the confessional are, many times, difficult to find.

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Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
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St. Antonio Church-Port Charlotte

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 12.22.18-SATURDAY-NOW AT RIVERSIDE RVR, PORT CHARLOTTE, FL
We left Orlando RVP in Clermont, FL this morning around 8:30. I’m happy to say this was another uneventful ride.

 



 We gassed up at a tight Shell Station and about twenty-five miles from Port Charlotte we dropped in to a Cracker Barrel and had an early lunch. We arrived at Riverside RVResort in Port Charlotte, FL, shortly after noon. This is one of the nicest, if not the nicest campground, we’ve every stayed at. I’ll try to get a blog on it in a couple of days. By 2:30 we were getting ready for church at St Antonio CC. The sermon was enjoyable, funny and to the point. I doubt if it lasted longer than ten minutes. The church was relatively new and beautifully designed. Once again, the church was full, unlike what is commonly found in churches these days. A really nice attribute of this facility was cushioned individual chairs, so comfortable.

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St. Faustina in Clermont, FL

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12.08.18

 The church we go to in Clermont, FL is St. Faustina. It’s in a plaza and they’re renting about ten-thousand square feet for services over the weekend. Thing is that this church is struggling hard to build a new building but funds are short. It’s time for the Diocese to come in and give these parishioners some assistance. What the Diocese does not realize is that the services this church is providing is standing room only. The big difference is that parishes like St. Vincent de Paul are fortunate to be pulling from the Villages. St. Faustina is a working man’s church. With all the money St. Vincent and St. Mark’s bringing you’d think they could share some of it with a struggling Parrish like St. Faustina This parish is not looking for a multi-million over built building meant to impress even the two percenters; They just want their own building so they don’t have to keep throwing away six or eight thousand dollars a month to a landlord for the luxury of the use of his rental unit. You would think the Diocese would feel the same way. Like everything else the rich always get preferential treatment and those that struggle are told to work harder and save more . It’s not my Parrish, we’re full-time motorhome people, but I do feel for these parishioners. We make St. Faustina our Parrish of choice for the four to six weeks each year as we camp in Clermont for Doctor appointments and to wait out some of the bad weather up north.

Only wish I had either the political clot or financial resources to give these folks a helping hand.

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Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

St. Sebastian Catholic Church

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11.17 Saturday- Quiet day; just church, pizza and beer.
Very chilly, very nice at night. I have hopes to clean up the coach today in preparation of our leaving on this coming Tuesday for Pompano Beach, FL.

This weekend we would attend St. Sebastian Church. The Pastor Fr. John Morrissey. We first met Fr. John about three years ago. He had just finished his homily and noticed us. After ending his homily he noticed us and spoke to the gal next to Carla. At the end of the Mass the gal asked if we had time to join Fr. John in the rectory with other parishioners. We did and met many of the parishioners. If it were not for us being RVers and if we were in the market for a new church to attend, St. Sebastian would fill the bill. It was memorable seeing him again.

Our Lady of Hope Church

11.03 Saturday- Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church
Our Lady of Hope is located in Port Orange, FL. We used to attend this church back in the days when we had the cabin on Seabird Island, Florida.

Just a couple of pictures from one of our stays on the Island.

I could not resist the urge to dig back into my stand alone hard drive and search out a few pictures from days and nights gone by. Seabird Island is located about six miles south of Daytona Beach, FL

Yes, we enjoyed a fairly large dock just off from the cabin. It really wasn’t a cabin, but just a fifty year old trailer, but oh the memories we have from our many stays there. Yes, that’s brother Dennis as he shows off one of his finest catches; a shark!

Above Dennis and a chunkier version of myself enjoying a lazy afternoon. Below is Mary Ann (Ozzie). She had the trailer next to ours. Can’t make out what she just caught.

 

Epiphany Catholic Church (pic.)

11.01.18-Thursday- All Saints Day
Epiphany is located in Port Orange, FL. Guess we’ve been here in the past when we had the trailer on Seabird Island.
Today was a Holy Day of Obligation therefore we go to church. We attended Epiphany
Catholic Church at their 12:15 Mass. Carla says we’d been here before but I could not recall that event.

This is such a beautiful church, I find it hard to think I could not recall being here before.

Look carefully and you’ll notice that the pews are circular. We’d never seen that before.

St. Anthony’s CC Ridgeland, SC

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10.27-Saturday
Saturday means, of purse, Church, Pizza and Beer. St. Anthony’s is in Ridgeland, SC about a 20 minute ride from here. I really hate traveling on Saturdays, since it’s Mass night and we’re not always that organized coming into a new location, finding a church and getting there, but we’ve been there before.

This is a picture of the inside of the church. Evidently I never took a picture of the outside, hope to fix that tonight. Off to church we go…

Fr. Murphy-built St. Margaret’s

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10.20.2018 Fr. Michael Murphy, builder of St Margaret of Scotland Church
This will be a very shot blog on the history of Fr. Michael Murphy. Michael Murphy, prior to becoming a priest, was a businessman. He came to North Carolina in 1950. He was also a wealthy man. In the years that followed he financed and built several churches in the towns surrounding Maggie Valley; he was known as the “Apostle of the Smokies.” Long story short in time he bought 33 acres of land in Maggie Valley. On these 33 acres he built a 25-unit motel. Shortly thereafter the Bishop gave him permission to build another church. In 1969 the new St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church was dedicated.
The name was chosen in honor of his mother Margaret Murphy. The name, which was a second choice, was chosen because “She always fed the poor and he always fed the poor.” The facility was built to accommodate 200 parishioners at one service. The parish, at that time, was hardly big enough to fill the church, even if it wanted to. In reply to the size of the church he commented, “I did not build the church because of the demand, I built it for the future- strong so it will last for ages. Someday, it will be full every Sunday.” The Bishop there at that time often urged Michael Murphy to become a priest.
After some thought Murphy enrolled and studied at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and was ordained on May 11, 1972. Now, Fr. Murphy, was age 80 when he was ordained. News of his ordination sped around the world. Fr. Murphy, believe it or not, continued to operate his Falling Waters Motel. In 1981, with help from the Bishop, it was converted to the Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center. Even to this day it continues to be a popular retreat spot.  Within a year after his ordination he was assigned to be Pastor of the St. Margaret of Scotland Church, which he had constructed.
Fr. Murphy presided over this parish until his death. He was 99 years old. The parish hall he had built on the land he donated to the Church, was named Murphy-Garland Parish Hall. St. Margaret’s has a strong push to try to have Fr. Murphy Canonized. In the “book for the sick and departed” a message reads that “should your request be fulfilled, please call the parish office.
The Internet has much more on this awesome person, I have only provided some of the highlights on his life.

Upon entering a new church I always look for the “book for the sick and departed.” A parishioner pointed it out to me. She also quietly mentioned that it is a miracle book. Not having the time to inquire why, I just took her word on it. There it was smack dab at the foot of the Alter area, in the front of the church. The church is now half full and praying the Rosary. I hate standing out in a crowd, but did it anyway. So many are ill and so many are no longer with us. After five-years of doing this I have it down to almost a science; basically immediately members of the Ozdarski/ Grenier families and then family members needing special mention; even get a chance to add a couple of non-family individuals as well at times. The purpose for this in so many churches is both altruistic and self-serving. So many are forgotten with a few weeks of their passing. Purgatory is probably over crowded with “forgotten souls.” Should either Carla or I go, I know we’ll have each others backs after the fact. My self-serving interest is that should I survive Carla, I dread the thought of being one of those forgotten souls. I have no doubt I’d be forgotten shortly by any remaining family members. For this reason it’s a matter of self preservation after death. Even though many of the us listed in these dozens of churches have not departed yet, I feel we could all use a prayer or two from time to time.

I have provided a link to this fine person, it’s a quick read and much more organized than what I have written. goto: history of Fr. Murphy

St. Francis of Assisi Mocksville,NC

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10.12.18- Saint Francis of Assisi in Mocksville, NC

Today we’re planning a trip into Advance, NC to go to a Wells Fargo Bank, then it’s Mass, pizza ands bear get the weekend going. The Church is St. Francis of Assisi.

Total capacity might be barely 200. Around here we don’t talk about cities, more like towns or villages. Regardless the Pastor gave an excellent homily and the parishioners are very friendly.

12.13.18 Saturday-Fr. Eric Kowalski


10.14.18- Sunday.
At Mass yesterday, I was fortunate to speak to Fr. Eric Kowalski. I mentioned to him how, last week, he spoke of how fortunate this parish is for having, not one relic, but two. I knew every church had the one relic, but why two.  St. Francis, as some might know, was cremated. The Roman Catholic Church has his ashes. The Bishop, I believe, offered to give this parish a second relic, that is, ashes of St. Francis. In the picture, to the left, is a statue of St. Francis. To his right and above is a small wall stand. It is on this stand that his ashes are displayed. The first relic is embedded into the alter. The parish history in a nutshell. Way back in 1958 the parish was established. It had a total of three families enrolled as parishioners. Long story short by the year 2000, under very frugal leadership, the parish was able to free itself of all its mortgages on the buildings and the associated lands. In 2010 the parish had over 300 families. In 2017 Fr. Eric joined the parish as the parish’s new pastor. He came from a very big parish and relishes his new life shepherding the parishioners in his new home. In the picture above is Fr. Eric Kowalski.

Martyrs Shrine – (pictorial)

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Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine

This Shrine is located in Auriesville, NY. This area was known as the Mohawk Village. in the mid 1600’s three Jesuits missionaries came to this are o try to convert the Mohawk tribe. These priests were: Father Isaac Joques,Father Rene Goupil and Father John Lalande. Eventually all three we’re tortured and killed by the Mohawks.

In honor of  these priests the Jesuits have constructed this Shrine. In the picture to the left is the Coliseum, resembling the coliseum in Rome. It is big. It measures 257 feet on the diameter. It can accommodate from 6,500 to 10,000 pilgrims. As you approach the Coliseum you’ll notice monuments and creative floral and shrubbery designs scattered all over the property. This will be mostly pictorial but for the complete story on the missionaries and their struggles please click on the link below:
goto: Shrine Martyrs



An inside view of the Coliseum. In the center you will notice four altars placed edge to edge. Each altar represents each of the three missionaries. The fourth altar represents Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, just recently sainted.


The picture, however so fuzzy. is of Cardinal Cushing preaching in the Coliseum in August 1950, sixty-eight years ago almost to the day.


These picture from the photo above follow.




This monument is dedicated to the visions at Fatima. This monument commemorates the children lost through abortion.

Concerning this picture. Back over three- hundred years ago Fr. Joques, one of the martyrs, whenever he could break away to find a quiet place for prayer and devotion he would carve crosses into trees and the name of Jesus. Those trees have died off so in commemoration of this action crosses have been placed on selected trees on the property.

Statue of St. Kateri. She wasn’t a religious, but was a fervent believer. This came about at age 16. Long story short her parents were killed and she joined a Mohawk tribe that accepted Christianity. In her early twenties a plague struck the village. St. Kateri and she was the first to join in and care, as best she could, for those that were ill. As a result of her helping the sick during that epidemic, she to succumbed to the illness. Her face, because of the illness, was heavily puck-marked. Within minutes of her death her face no only cleared up of all the imperfections her complexion was perfect.















An outdoor Station of the Cross. This venue is so memorable of the Church we attended during our stay in Sturbridge, Mass. Below there’s always a gift shop. It was a little disappointing considering its size.



St. Joe’s CC Greenfield, NY

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8.25 Saturday- No pictures yet. Keep forgetting you need a camera or phone for pics. It was a very delightful experience. Father Simon was the priest saying the Mass. He could easily have  been heard without a mike, but most of all, the parish was participating 100 percent, very seldom these days. I don’t usually offer the Websites of the individual Churches we attend, but I’m thinking about doing just that.
For more information on St. Joseph’s Catholic Church please click on the link below.
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It’s just a village church capacity only maybe 400, but they know how to make you feel at home. We were told that, as a parish, they will be traveling to Auriesville, NY for a conference at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs. This was our field trip this last week. They will have the conference in the Coliseum which holds between 6500 to 10,000 worshipers.

If we were going to be here for this I might try talking Carla into going.

St. Francis Xavier Basilica

6.29 St. Francis Xavier Basilica

This would be the first church to be built in Dyersville, IA back in 1862. Hard to believe that the cost to the parishioners, back then, would be $100,000. One-hundred years in the future a new south entrance would be constructed to accommodate the handicap. The cost of this build would be $130,000.


Even as the church was being build it had to be modified twice to accommodate the increasing number of Catholics coming to this area. Currently the parish counts approximately 1800 families or about 5000 parishioners. As you can barely see, the church has three alters.


In 1956 the church was elevated to a Minor Basilica by Pope Pius XII. This floor marking reaffirms that credential. This is the Papa; insignia of the Tiara and Keys, This will make this church a Papal Church. The construction of this church was built in the Ruskinian Gothic Revival architecture. One of the primary requisites to be honored as a Basilica is to be Debt-free. The parish was able to maintain this debt-free status almost from the beginning.


In 1935 the parish decided to build a rectory toward the back of the church. It would incorporate fourteen rooms. The church also offers the Tridentine Mass at twelve noon on Sundays, according to the 1962 Rite. This is the Altar of St. Joseph. The wood used in the construction of this altar was created using Bavarian wood.


Carla always enjoys the architecture in the ceiling. The church has 64 stained glass windows. This is the alter on the left of the main altar is the Altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary.



The two steeples reach as high as 212 feet high.  The seating capacity of the Basilica is 1000 people. At the time the church was dedicated it was only one of 12  Basilicas in the United States.

Franciscan Sisters

6.11 The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. We do this quite often, visiting a church or cathedral, today would be no exception. This year, more than any other we’d enjoyed together, we were made to realize that every day is a gift from Him and as such we should find venues that reflect our thanks for his giving us another day to enjoy.


6.11 The Franciscan Sisters are part of the Franciscan orders of priests, sisters and laity. It’s a big complex and at present fifty nuns, of all ages, reside at the convent. It is also their corporate headquarters. The building above also goes back almost equally as long.
This is the reception hall. You’ll notice Tom is absent, he had a Doctor’s appointment to  attend. Within a few minutes we were greeted by Sister Sarah. She was totally knowledgeable of everything in the building and its history. In the bottom picture is a statue of St. Michael. In 1923 and fire threatened to destroy the entire the St. Rose Convent, one sister died. The Statue of St. Michael was to guard and protect the  sacred chapels at this end of the convent. Even thought the fire destroyed the entire west wing of the facility and fire abruptly stopped when it approached the St. Michael statue.  The Angel Gabriel is represented here was the angel that appeared to Mary way back in the beginnings. 

Sister Sarah talking to Carla. The pews and stations of the cross were all done by local artisans in Lacrosse, WI. That also includes all the wood furnishings like the pulpits. All the windows in the chapels are stain glass. They were imported from the Royal Bavarian Art Institute of Munich, Germany.

  Back in 1865 a promise was made by Mother Antonia Herb that a chapel would be constructed and that “perpetual adoration” would also be promised. Since the completion of the original chapel and least two Franciscan Sisters have prayed in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament since 1878. 

The congregation, back in the late 1800’s were not rich. However, to look closely at the construction you’d only wonder where the found and how could they afford all this marble. The truth is that they couldn’t. What you see is not Venetian Marble but rather concrete and plaster. Every square inch of the concrete was meticulously hand painted, walls and ceilings, to resemble marble.  

This is the back of the facility. I believe it forms a square with a privacy yard in the center.
There is just to much to talk about in this blog but click on the link below and visit the Web Site for this religious order.
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

St. Joseph Cathedral

6.10St Josephs Cathedral
Back in 1863 the parishioners of St. Mary’s Church in Lacrosse, WI met and decided they needed a church. The German speaking parish had only been established in 1856, but, I guess, they were getting tired of having Catholic services in the local courthouse. Father Henry Tappert headed up this effort.

As part of this effort it was decided that French and English members of the parish would remain parishioners of St. Mary’s and the German speaking members would be members of the new church and parish. The new parish would be German speaking and under the patronage of St. Joseph, husband of Mary. Property was needed to begin new construction so the new parish collected $1500 and purchased the land at Sixth and Main Streets.


The new St. Joseph Parish would have Father C.J.F. Schraudenbach as Pastor. The parishioners wanted instructional lessons for their children so a school was begun in the basement of the church in 1864. Construction on the church did not begin until 1869 and all worshipped at St. Mary’s in the interim.

(I don’t think I’d be comfortable having this over my head!)


In 1868 La Crosse was designated by Pope Pius IX to be a new and separate diocese. The first Bishop of the Diocese would be Michael Heiss. He chose St. Joseph to be the cathedral parish of the diocese.


By 1870 construction had finally begun on the new St. Joseph Cathedral. By 1875 the parishioners had finished construction and had completely paid for the construction of the new church.


Once completed new spires were added and by 1884 a new pipe organ was installed as well as well as the completion of a new school.
Eventually all the buildings and facilities at St. Mary’s Parish were moved into the new cathedral and St. Mary’s would be associated with Lacrosse University.


In 1964 the Holy Cross School would be raised and in 1969 and a new Cathedral School would be constructed.