As you may have guessed, I visited St. Therese of the Little Child Jesus Catholic Church • 624 West Lennox Street • Midvale, UT 84047 • Phone: (801) 255-3721 • Website: http://home.catholicweb.com/Stherese/index.cfm . The church is easy to locate and about 30 minutes from the Provo/Orem area. It's located in near the 9000S exit from I-15. Arriving early allowed me time to take photos and
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After a little while in the hall, we went to the church across the parking lot. In front of the building is a white statue of Saint Therese. The people outside were the first to greet us - they were recruiters with the Marriage Encounter Ministry. We came to attend the Spanish mass and everyone we met were bilingual, and extremely friendly.
As you enter the foyer you will see a lot of material, such as book, pamphlets, flyers and bulletins. There are extra seats in the foyer for overflow too. Once inside church you will notice the multi-angular ceiling which carried the light quite well. The pews are reminiscent of old wood and very cozy. Half way down the aisle is the Baptismal Font which is pictured below. To the right and left sides are 'cry rooms' which have many rows of seats. Heading towards the altar on the left is another statue of Saint Therese and beside it are candles and a kneeler in front. The altar is simple and yet elegant. There is a statue of Jesus without his cross above the altar. He catches your eye and for me, He kept catching my eye. There is something about leaving that crucifix off that keeps drawing my eyes back.
Father Martin Diaz celebrated mass and greeted parishioners afterwards in the foyer. The music ministry did a fantastic job and were upbeat and lively. There is no way to fall asleep with today's selection. You almost wanted to start dancing in the aisles. "Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!" - Psalm 150:3-5.
Thank you to all the parishioners we met for making us feel at home. Until our paths cross again, may your blessings, like the stars at night, be too numerous to count.