Saint Olaf Catholic Church is located in the heart of Bountiful on a main thoroughfare. There is ample parking and the church is very easy to locate, especially since there is a school on the grounds. This Second Sunday of Lent brought beautiful blue skies and friendly parishioners with spring clothes. Once in the front doors I passed through a
There is one main row leading from the entrance of church to the altar. Each side of the church has two sections of pews, which means that there are two smaller aisles on each side of the main aisle. If I were to go down the far right aisle it would lead me to the music area which is to the far right of the altar. It's a nice size area that has frosted symbols on the short glass panels dividers. I was told that a parishioner named "Bob" made them for safety reasons. Further left are the seats for the Priest and Eucharistic Ministers. The altar linens were purple because it is the Second Sunday of Lent. There are purple panels hanging on each side of the tabernacle behind Joseph and Mary. The tabernacle is made of silver and gold tones. (I was immediately reminded of that old Burl Ives song.) Jesus is suspended on His cross above the altar table which has a desert scene in front and to the right. Scanning to the left is the podium, beautiful ornate baptismal font, another desert scene, a beautiful statue and another cross.
Since their priest is on vacation, they had a visiting priest from upper Michigan. He was a very delightful man and full of life. He was there to speak about an organization he promotes called "Food for the Poor". You can use this link to check it out if you so desire: http://www.foodforthepoor.org/.
I wish to thank the wonderfully hospitable people of Saint Olaf Catholic Church. I felt very welcome from the time I drove up to the time I returned to my car. They reminded me of the bible story of Abraham when the Lord came to him in the form of three mysterious people. Abraham showed them hospitality. He didn’t turn them away into the desert waste. He didn’t drive them away or grab the weapons. He welcomed them. And because he welcomed them, he encountered God, and he and Sarah were blessed by God. People of Saint Olaf, I thank you for your kindness and pray that God blesses you as well.