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The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A beautiful tribute to this devotion is shown at the Sacred Heart Church – an historic church located in the midst of Bangalore near the corner of Richmond Road and Mother Teresa Road. High on the façade between the twin spires is a colorful rendition of Jesus’ appearance to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the display of His Sacred Heart.
October 24, 1909 marked the beginning of the first Portuguese National Church in Sacramento, and the present church building was dedicated on February 2, 1913. The lovely mixed Mission-Romanesque-Gothic façade with twin spires sits diagonally on the corner of 12th and S streets approximately one-half mile from the State Capitol. Inside one can see beautiful statues and stained-glass windows, including those of Our Lady of Fatima and Saint Elizabeth (Isabel) of Portugal. The church building is generally locked at times other than when Masses are held. Weekday Masses are scheduled at 7 a.m. each day; and weekend Masses are held on Saturday evening and twice on Sunday including a service in Portuguese.
The history of St. Rose of Lima parish started in downtown Sacramento as the first Catholic Church in the city. The current structure on Franklin Boulevard in South Sacramento was built in 1932 to serve the growing Catholic population. The Venetian Gothic style building of dark-red brick with contrasting white ornamentation sits on a peaceful compound with old-growth trees along with an elementary school, a rectory and large Kavanaugh Center. Inside, the church resembles a California Mission with a simple rectangular nave and open-raftered ceiling; and one will be struck by the brilliant red and blue stained-glass windows on the back wall of the sanctuary. Come early to attend one of the popular weekend Masses.
The 1916 Romanesque Revivalist structure has stood witness to many changes along Broadway Street in its century-plus history. The building is an oasis shaded by tall white-barked sycamores and spectacular Mexican Fan Palm trees and Canary Island Date Palms. The unique robins-egg-blue and white colors of the exterior walls are highlighted by a brick entry portal with a rounded archway bearing the inscription, “Immaculate Conception”. Inside one will find a mix of old and new with historic statues of angels overlooking the nave and a more modern sanctuary. There are seven magnificent richly colored stained-glass windows filtering light into the church – of special significance are two windows of The Immaculate Conception.
Just across the river from the Capital City in a picturesque setting is a large neo-Gothic structure that serves a parish that was part of the original Catholic Parish for the community. Two churches were founded in 1915, in the cities of Broderick and Bryte, which were eventually consolidated due to the growth of the population and the building of the current Holy Cross Church in 1960. Fortress-like brick walls of pale-yellow are topped with a red terracotta roof and tall bell-tower with a Celtic-style cross that oversees the re-purposed elementary school buildings. Inside the large church are three beautiful and sacred images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and a spectacular stained-glass window of Christ the King on the façade.
Monday May 24th, 2021 is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church – a new Memorial in the Church calendar. Mary the Mother of Jesus is known by numerous titles in the Church, some of which are…