There is an abundance of charm to be found in Eureka and at the mission. Located in a residential neighborhood, the white cross on top of the mission greets visitors as well as those driving by. Years ago and before it became a mission, it was a church with a beautiful rectory, school and convent. Today
Up the steps and to right of the front door is a Historical Marker. Saint Patrick Catholic Church was built in 1885 and is the oldest Catholic church still standing in Utah. The entrance double doors are only 6'8" tall because the people over 100 years ago weren't as tall as those of today. (I say this because my husband is 6'7" and his hair skimmed the top of the door frame.) Entering through the front door is a small foyer that also works to help keep the winter cold air from going directly into the church, similar to an arctic entry. The foyer has a beautiful crucifix, flowers and a map of Utah's parishes, missions and stations.
After entering into church and directly to the right is the music area that's equipped with a lovely antique organ and piano. The piano and pump organ look to be original that date back to the time the church was built. This music area is about 3 steps up on a landing that once lead to a choir loft. The offertory basket, envelopes and misselets are on a table next to the music area. Directly to the left of the entrance is the confessional with curtain doors and kneelers inside.
The church is white inside with a very high roof and the walls are adorned with exquisite colorful stained glass windows and stations of the cross. There are chandeliers above that add to the atmosphere and lighting. One aisle down the center divides the rows of wooden pews. The kneelers are heavy and have a small hook-lock which keeps them from accidentally coming down and hurting someone.
To the right of the altar is a beautiful statue of their Patron Saint Patrick along with an original ornate brass adoration candle area. The altar table was equipped with a Gospel Book and two white candles on top and a lovely floral basket in front. The tabernacle is just behind the table to the left. There is a simple and elegant crucifix above the table on the back wall with chairs below for the priest and minsters of the mass. The door to the sacristy is along the back wall and the podium is to the left. Just below the podium and further left is the baptismal font, a flag and ceremonial candle.
The drive to visit this very charming mission was just under an hour from the Provo-Orem area and was well worth the trip. Father Jose and the parishioners were very welcoming and extremely hospitable. I thank them for following God's command to love thy neighbor and going above and beyond to make me feel welcome. May God continue to bless you with his graces.