Saint John Bosco Mission was easy to locate with the white cross that greets visitors and those passing by. The building is light taupe with two wooden double doors at the entrance. Just after I took the outside photo a charming couple arrived and noticed that I was a visitor. Howard and Eileen Gemerline welcomed me to Delta, their church community and were very hospitable. Just after walking inside, Howard gave me a little history of the
Pass the double wooden doors is a small foyer with photos stairs that leads downstairs. Once downstairs, there is a cry room that is hooked up with instant audio and video streaming for convenience. Back upstairs, into nave of the mission and directly to the right is an alcove with holy water, an adoration area for Our Lady of Guadalupe, baptismal font and a beautiful crucifix that hangs over a preparation table. A lovely statue of the Jesus as a child is just to the left of the alcove. The side walls alternate with large windows and stations of the cross that are accented with art lighting. Each station of the cross is intricately detailed and obviously made by a talented and spiritual artist.
There is one main aisle that leads directly to the altar and two side aisles. Since we are currently in Ordinary time, the altar linens are in green. A large gown-draped statue of Jesus hangs behind the altar and His arms are welcoming parishioners inside. Behind the altar table and slightly to the right is a small alcove in the wall for the beautifully ornate tabernacle. The sanctuary lamp next to the tabernacle and slight to the right. Further right is a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe along with a large colorful print of Jesus. Chairs for Father Diaz and the eucharistic ministers are in front of the statue and print. There is a music section to the right of the altar table along with a podium and a graceful statue of Mary.
Saint John Bosco once said, “Do you want your companions to respect you? Always think well of everyone, and be ready to help others. Do this and you will be happy.” Thank you to Fr. Diaz and the parishioners who followed Saint John Bosco's statement, were helpful and welcoming to this visiting parishioner.