Today's pilgrimage brought me to Saint Jerome Newman Center ∙ 795 North 800 East ∙ Logan, UT 84321 ∙ Phone: (435) 753-7670. St. Jerome has a 6 p.m. mass on Sundays during
Saint Jerome Catholic Newman Center has two wooden double doors with stained glass crosses on each. Once into the foyer and off to the left is shelving with a plethora of information and handouts. Turning right from the entrance is a stairway that goes down to the basement and recreation area. There are also stairs that go up to the balcony. Passing through the next set of double doors is the narthex of the church. There are two sections of pews with a main aisle that leads to the altar. Just inside church and to the left is the confessional. Turning right, instead, is the doorway that leads to an extension of the building, offices, classrooms and another stairway to the basement.
The walls have wood paneling up to a chair-rail height and then white brick above. Stations of the Cross line both side walls along with very large greenish opaque glass windows. There is no shortage of light beaming in, even at an evening mass. Crosses are etched into the dark teal carpet that leads to the altar. The ceiling is highlighted in a knotty pine wood with a high pitch that holds the ceiling vans and hanging lights.
The altar table was adorned in a red cloth that had an ornate embroidered trim and two candles. Directly behind the table is a short marble wall that has golden Alpha and Omega symbols on each end. A lovely ornate tabernacle sits on top of the wall in a built-in case. Above the tabernacle is large mosaic tile area that features a very large crucifix. Mosaic tile and the crucifix are framed with a darker wood that reaches all the way to the ceiling. The Baptismal font is just to the right of the altar table and further right is the music area. A podium is to the left of the altar table along with chairs for the ministers of the mass.
There are beautiful statues around the altar, including Joseph, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Jerome. I was told by Sister Marilyn Mark, O.S.B., that the statue of Saint Jerome came with the church and is not their patron saint. This Saint Jerome is a missionary saint and their patron saint is a doctor of the church. But, as I remember and children learn in school, "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit." Sister Marilyn told me that they do want to replace the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a framed picture instead.
If you happen to ever find yourself in the Logan area on a Sunday evening, please make an effort to attend the mass at Saint Jerome Catholic Newman Center. The parishioners, Father Francisco Pires and Sister Marilyn Mark are extremely friendly and very welcoming. I feel truly blessed to have spent Palm Sunday mass with all of you. May God continue to watch over you and bless you with His graces as you administer to others. Amen.