I arrived rather early and thank God I did, plenty of time for prayer, photos, enjoying music rehearsal, interviews and so much more. But, don't worry, there is plenty of room for parking and sitting. Upon entering the church I noticed a very large foyer with an abundance of resources. To the right is the church, if your chose to go straight you will head to the eating area for afterwards. If you head left instead and go down the hall is a lounge for students that has internet, desks and such. I
The church was expanded because there wasn’t enough room. The original building is over 100 years old. It was originally an Episcopalian church and later on went to the diocese. Downstairs, we all laugh, because there is a swimming pool under the floor! Where the gathering space is was a gym. That became our church for a long time. We have Sunday supper following our 7pm mass during the semesters. Because it is a good chance for the students to fellowship and for the adults to meet them.
The church was planned with a lot of things in mind. The resurrection figure behind the altar was carved in the basement by one limb of a tree in the very early times of the church. It was paid for by a few of the parishioners because they did not have very much money. All of our stations were also made by our parishioners for the same reasons…In the back of the church you will see two marble panels, one is St. Dominic and the other is St. Catherine. They were carved by a parishioner who has since passed away. His wife painted a picture to your right as you go through the main door which is Dawn in Siena." It was a true pleasure to speak with Mickey, for she speaks from her heart.
let's continue our virtual tour. Once into the church you will reach the baptismal font. Walk around it and notice the clear shelves holding the oil and holy water very discretely and yet peacefully. Looking forward is the altar and to the left is the music area, they have a very talented group in the evening. You won't fall asleep! Just to the left of the resurrection figure is where the pastor sits and even further left is the adoration area. I sincerely apologize for not picturing the beautiful handmade stations of the cross. I shall try to go back on my travels and get some photos that do them justice. As you leave church, just to the right and left of the door are the marble panels that Mickey spoke of and are pictured below. After mass was a wonderful chili dinner with fresh homemade rolls.
Do you know what a Newman Center is? Please enlarge and read the paper I pictured below and you will.
Thank you Mickey and all the beautiful parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Newman Center Church for your hospitality. May God always hold you and grant you peace, faith, unity and blessings.