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.

A beautifully ornamented Infant Jesus Shrine is prominent inside the worship space. The church is the home to a dedicated community of believers who fill the church each Sunday for Holy Qurbana, as well as catechism sessions for the children. The church is open for services on Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and weekdays at 6:30 p.m.

The Latin-cross-shaped church building sits on a large parcel (5.1 acres) with former school buildings and an auditorium alongside a spacious black-topped parking lot. Mature trees shade the small church, and the gathering patio used for social interactions, which is separated from the quiet residential neighborhood by a black wrought-iron fence.

The residential-style architecture of the church is not revealing of its beautiful and sacred contents aside from a few Gothic-arch stained-glass window frames, the crosses inscribed on the entrance doors. Of course, the “INFANT JESUS SYRO MALABAR CATHOLIC CHURCH” inscription, the Syro-Malabar emblem, and the Saint Thomas Cross on the northern façade of the building indicate that it is a House of God. Inside, one will find a wonderful and holy environment.

Address: 6210 McMahon Drive, Sacramento, CA 95824
Phone: (916) 758-6170
Website: https://www.stthomasdiocese.org/parish/sacramento-ca

Sanctuary & Main Altar – Infant Jesus Church, Sacramento, CA

The sanctuary of Infant Jesus Church is located at the southern end of the building within a niche designed as an apse in the low-ceilinged structure. The focal points of worship within this sacred niche of the sanctuary can be enclosed by a red chancel veil, with gold trim and ornamentation, as part of the Holy Qurbana ceremony.

Infant Jesus Shrine – Infant Jesus Church, Sacramento, CA

One of the most beautiful images in the church is the Shrine for the Infant Jesus. The lovely statue is modeled after the traditional Infant Jesus of Prague image. The devotion to the Infant Jesus is a tribute to God becoming human for the purpose reflected in this verse, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

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