Enjoy a relaxing ride to Saint Lawrence Mission • 5 South 100 West • Heber City, UT 84032 • Phone: (435) 654-4035 • http://www.stmarysparkcity.com/ . St. Lawrence Mission is an extension or little brother of St. Mary's of the Assumption in Park City. If you want to take a pilgrimage on a Sunday, have I got a plan for you! Pack a picnic and head to Heber Valley nestled in the Wasatch County Mountains. There you will find a very beautiful 1915 building that is definitely an eye catcher. Plan to
I have been to many Cathedrals in California, Notre Dame in Paris, Westminster Cathedral in London, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and now The Cathedral of the Madeleine. The Cathedral is located at 331 East South Temple • Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 • Phone: (801) 328-8941 • http://www.utcotm.org/index.php and I went to the 6pm Sunday worship.
How do you begin to describe a building that is so much more? The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Salt Lake City Diocese. Is it possible that the inside, outside, artwork, stained glass, decor and music can leave someone like me speechless? Yes it is, and it did. If you are physically unable to take a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of the Madeleine, I will do my best to describe all that I saw and felt for you. If, on the other hand, you are able, please make a serious effort to go. This pilgrimage location reminded me of the 80's when I attended service at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome by Pope John Paul II. Once you enter the grounds, you get a sense of someone much larger than ourselves - A true presence of the Holy Spirit. I agree that The Madeleine is not the Vatican, but
It’s here, Easter Sunday — But Easter is a season, not just a day; forty days, not just one! Certain holidays, such as Easter, are so special that I must return home to my church family. Today’s pilgrimage brought me to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church • 65 East 500 North • Orem, Utah 84057 • Phone: (801) 221-0750 • www.oremstfrancis.org . One of the little known facts about me is that my confirmation name is “Francis” and my Patron Saint is St. Francis of Assisi. I’ve always been drawn to him throughout the stages of my life. Perhaps I could write a small book on the reasons why and the similarities we have, but that will have to be another time.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is a very large community of a many walks of life. Most of the parishioners are Spanish speaking. We have two Priests: Fr. Dave Bittmenn, Fr. Jose Rausseo and Deacon Moises Ruiz. Mass is celebrated in a huge church that seats about 1100 parishioners. Upon entering the church into the foyer is a large etched labyrinth, a spiritual
In commemoration of Good Friday, hundreds of people gathered in the blustery cold to witness a dramatic re-enactment of Jesus carrying the cross to his crucifixion. The re-enactment started just outside St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Jesus entering the garden of Gethsemane and then being tried and accused as a criminal.
Parishioners have gathered for this devotion for years. Deacon Moises was the narrator and it was in Spanish. Although I do understand quite a bit of Spanish, it wouldn’t matter if I didn’t. The actors/actresses did a fantastic job of bringing the re-enactment to the level of a universal language.
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For Holy Thursday and Mass of the Lord's Supper I went to
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
9757 S 1700 E • Sandy, 84092 • Phone: (801) 571-5517 • http://www.blessedsacramentsandy.parishesonline.com/scripts/HostedSites/org.asp?p=1&ID=2068
Blessed Sacrament was extremely easy to find and such an impressive layout it was. There is a school on-site and a soccer field were kids were practicing, the rectory, plenty of parking and more. Msgr. Robert Servatius is in charge of this beautiful area and as I was told, he needs your prayers. He was very ill and unable to celebrate the Mass. The lady who greeted me with many candles in her hands, said that they are going through the candles like crazy lately. She went on to tell me that people keep coming in to the church and lighting a
Due to weather, I decided to venture to the next closest church, in American Fork. Only about a 20 minute drive north is St. Peter Catholic Church • 634 N 600 E • American Fork, UT 84003 • Phone: (801) 756-7771 • http://www.parishesonline.com/scripts/hostedsites/Org.asp?ID=2072 and I attended the 10:30 morning mass.
I was touched that upon entering our pew, we were given a missal by one of the ushers, who also made sure we felt at home and others were given them as well. What a warm feeling to receive that type of attention to detail. The ushers also cracked opened the windows at times to allow proper air flow due to the large amount of people for worship. I noticed that the