Knowing some of the history made it easier to figure out what in the church came from which era. As you may have figured out, I love history and believe that it helps to understand the past in order to move forward. Back to St. Lawrence Mission - Immediately on the right as you enter is a baptismal font shown below. It's nearly impossible to miss the numerous stained glass windows on both sides of the church and I have one of them below as well. I continued to walk forward towards the front of the church to take altar photos and show the Danish style beams on the ceiling. Just as I turned around I was awe-struck. There is a beautiful stained glass window at the back of the church. The photo below probably doesn't do it justice. This window is about two stories high and very intricate. The pews are of old oak, similar to the ones at the cathedral. They creek when you sit and so do the kneelers - it adds to the ambiance.
Father Stan Herba is the Pastor and I love his sermons. Since you may have not been there to hear it, here is a portion: God said, "My name is 'I AM'. You can live your life in the past, but you will have a hard time finding me, for, my name is not 'I WAS'. You can live your life in the future, but you will also have a hard time finding me. My name is not 'I WILL BE.' But, if you live your life in the present, you will not have problems finding me because my name is 'I AM'." Certain sermons and stories stick in your mind forever and this one shall be one of those. I'm glad I'm able to share it with others, for it may help you in whatever situation you are facing. God works in mysterious ways.
The music of the mass was wonderful and bilingual. It's a small choir and they are talented. I was able to meet Phil's wife Cori who sings like and angel and plays the guitar. It's so nice to meet new faces who are so warm and welcoming. There were others who came up to me and welcomed me to their mission. This mission may be kinda tiny, but it's mighty in faith, friendliness and love.
Blessed Lawrence showed forth the fire of his love for you, both by faithful service and glorious martyrdom. Make us to love the things which he loved, and to do the works that he taught. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_of_Rome