California Churches & Shrines_1

Beautiful churches in the Golden State, including The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament – home to the Diocese of Sacramento.

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento, CA

The centerpiece church of the Diocese of Sacramento, the majestic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, is a physical marker in the historical development of Sacramento. The building has been changed, but unmoved over its 131-year history as documented in a book by the Cathedral Rector Emeritus who oversaw the 2005 Restoration, Reverend Monsignor James T. Murphy (see reference below).

Holy Rosary Church, Woodland, CA

The landmark Holy Rosary Church in downtown Woodland is a massive neo-Romanesque structure which contains beautiful stained-glass windows in its awe-inspiring space. The structure that opened in 1949 is on-par architecturally with the nearby local old and new courthouses and is home to a growing parish and parish school.

Our Lady of Grace Church, West Sacramento, CA

The Church of Our Lady of Grace exudes peace and serenity from a simple, beautiful structure located on a busy street in a tree-lined neighborhood of West Sacramento. The one-time military chapel houses an interior showered with the blessings of the patroness, Our Lady of Grace from a large colorful stained-glass window overlooking the sanctuary.

Infant Jesus Church, Sacramento, CA

The peaceful, focused interior of Infant Jesus Church in the Fruitridge Manor neighborhood of South Sacramento belies its nondescript exterior. Inside the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church (SMC), one will find a lovely sanctuary and main altar surrounded by many traditional images from both the SMC tradition, as well as the Roman (Latin) Catholic tradition.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Oroville, CA

The classically designed St. Thomas the Apostle Church sits amid mature trees at the front of a large compound housing a school, the rectory, a pastoral center and an ample parking lot in a historic area of the gold-rush town of Oroville. The building houses beautiful stained-glass windows, lovely statues and a sacred sanctuary, all of which have been present for nearly a century as the parish has grown from its 1857 roots. The 800-family, culturally-mixed parish hosts four weekend Masses, including a 7 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass in Spanish; as well as daily Masses from Tuesday – Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Address: 1330 Bird Street, Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: (530) 533-0262
Current Pastor: Rev. Godwin Xavier

St. Mary’s Church, Sacramento, CA

The lighthouse bell tower visible from the Hwy 50 exit road to Folsom Boulevard has been a beacon of faith, and curiosity, since the church was constructed in 1947 at, what was then, the edge of suburban development in East Sacramento. Today the unique architectural structure sits along with a busy school campus which is a big part of the active parish.

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Walnut Grove, CA

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church has anchored a tranquil residential neighborhood in the historic Sacramento River town of Walnut Grove for over 90 years. The red-tiled brick edifice houses a peaceful interior that is bathed with light filtered through 32 stained-glass windows including 12 windows depicting scenes of Jesus, St. Anthony, the Blessed Mother and other Saints special to the parish. The serene worship space is ideal for prayer and contemplation surrounded by traditional statues and shrines. Outside, a prayerful shrine to the Blessed Mother occupies part of the spacious grounds along with a parish hall and a rectory. The small, but pious parish supports a clergy who hold numerous Masses throughout the week: 8:30 a.m. Masses on Tuesday through Saturday; and 3 weekend Masses including a Saturday vigil Mass in Spanish.

Address: 14012 Walnut Avenue, Walnut Grove, California 95690
Phone: (916) 776-1330
Current Pastor: Rev. Paolo Dorrego, PES

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