When I read that the parish was on Chapel Street, I knew that it was going to be the pilgrim stop for today. Saint Rose of Lima Church was easy to spot while driving down the street. The cross is on top of a very tall triangular shaped roof, where the view must be incredible. There is ample parking both in the lot and on the street. The first item I
Entering into the vestibule I looked left and noticed a lovely lighted stained glass also of their patron saint. Panning right are doors to parish office, then a hallway to the cry room and changing area for minsters of the mass. Further right were dedication plaques, missalettes, doors into the church and then rosaries, an area for booklets, handouts and the restrooms.
Through the doors into the church and there is a walk-in Baptismal Font with the sound of water trickling down from the upper basin into the lower one. Above the back wall of the church and looking down on the font is a very large symbolic stained glass with a wooden carving of Jesus above. Directly across from the font and down the aisle is the altar. The altar was delicately draped with two purple scarves, since it is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Behind the altar table is a lighted triangular alcove housing the tabernacle. There are two carved wooden angels that seem to be protecting the tabernacle. Above the angel's wings is Jesus on the Cross, carved from the same wood as the angels. The wall that holds Jesus and the angels is extremely tall with rectangular wooden panels that reach rather high. There is a preparation space behind this wall area for use before mass. The podium is to the left of the altar table and the minister's chairs are to the right. There is a multidimensional stained glass window on each side of the wall.
The side walls have small square stained glass stations of the cross with upside-down triangular wall sconces. Mary and Joseph statues are highlighted a few of these sconces. Directly to the left of the church and in the back corner is the music area. Today's cantor had a voice from heaven, as God has given her a gift. An adoration area for Our Lady of Guadalupe can be found to the right back wall of the church in another alcove. Besides the one main aisle to the altar, there are two aisles on each side. The floor plan is similar to that of an almost opened hand fan.
Before mass started, the lecturer asked everyone to stand-up and greet the people next to you, so nobody is a stranger. (Thank you.) I was able to speak to one of their deacons that was giving out hugs to parishioners, Deacon Willis Bassett. I asked him what he felt made Saint Rose of Lima Church special and he said, "Saint Rose of Lima was founded in 1948 by the Paulists. We used to be at an Onion Factory on Main Street until they built a small church next to it. Then this church was built in 1994, so this September is the Twentieth Anniversary of this church being built. We deal mainly with the community between Kaysville and Roy. Sometimes we have transitional people who come in because of the Air Force Base. There is a church on the base, but a lot of them come down here for us. We are more of an elderly parish, but we do have some younger people too. We kind of fit in an area like in the Land of Zion, where we hold our own, but we still hold open our arms to the other religions as well."
Thank you to the cantor, Deacon Willis, Father Clarence Sandoval and all the lovely people who were hospitable. “When we serve the poor and the sick we serve Jesus. We must not fail to help our neighbors, because in them we serve Jesus.” - Saint Rose of Lima