Copperton, an original mining town, was established by the Utah Copper Company as a residential area for its employees in 1926. There is a phrase, "tiny but mighty" which applies to this church. There are not hundreds of parishioners, but the ones they have
When my Pilgrim Train stopped outside the church I noticed this dark red brick building to the right with white trim and a white cross perched on top. On the outside and to the right of the double wooden door entry is a lovely statue of Mary, so she can greet parishioners on their way inside. Once inside and looking right I was entertained by the musicians and singers preparing for today's mass and an adoration area for Joseph. Panning over to the left side is another lovely adoration area and this one is for Mary. Straight ahead I noticed one aisle and two rows of pews. The side walls are of the same dark brick as the outside and the ceiling is made of wood with a greenish tint that reminded me of copper verdigris. There is an ample amount of light that comes in from the many large windows which line the sides.
The altar is located at the end of the aisle and it features a huge cross with Jesus and there is a green banner to the right of it featuring another cross. Further right is the Baptismal Font and a statue of Jesus. The podium is located in this area too, but closer to the pews. Back to the center of the altar is a green clothed altar table all ready for mass. To the left of the table is a sitting area for the ministers of the mass, a statue of Mary, another cucifix and a exquisite parish banner. There is a vestment area further left where the ministers of the church can ready themselves. From the front of the church and looking towards the back and above, you can see the small balcony area. There are steps leading to this area by the entrance of church.
The parishioners and Father Anastasius are beautiful people and I feel blessed to have met them. Fr. Anastasius is here on a temporary basis and the parishioners are worried about not having a priest and possibly being turned into a mission. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.- John 14:6. So, I shall pray to Jesus for the parishioners of Immaculate Conception Parish. You are wonderful people and may God continue to take care of your parish and bless you.
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