Saint Rose Church, Sacramento, CA

A serene compound of open lawns and old-growth trees that houses Saint Rose Church is a world away from the busy Franklin Boulevard commercial corridor passing by the grounds. 

The mixed architectural style of the church building with Venetian Gothic and Romanesque features is adjoined to a school with hints of California Mission architecture in the open outdoor corridors surrounding the buildings.  The beautiful stained-glass windows of blues and reds provide much fodder for sacred contemplation inside the cool interior of the 80-year old church.  The diverse parish hosts ten weekend Masses in addition to two daily Masses held each morning. 

The red and black, brick-faced, church sits on an east-west axis, amid very large grounds alongside a busy stretch of Franklin Boulevard in South Sacramento.   The church and surrounding buildings also have a California Mission-style feel with the long covered external corridors connecting the church building, the elementary school called St. Patrick’s Academy and the rectory.

The buildings are covered in red Spanish tile roofs and have white decorative Venetian trims.  The entrance to the church building is very imposing with the large double dark-wood paneled doors with brass sequins surrounding by a large multi-layered Doric archway.  The columns on either side of the doors are topped with gargoyle-style lions with protective winged imaginary animals below.  Over the door is a bas-relief mural of decorative facing eagles and winged lions; and above that is a circular design of a Celtic-style cross.  Near the peak of the façade is a small double-arched window supported by a single column topped with a Corinthian capital which houses two stained-glass windows.

In addition to the church, school and rectory buildings, the expansive compound includes large spaces for parking at the rear and side; and a meeting hall named “Kavanaugh Center” after a long-time parish priest.

The grounds around the church building complex are shaded with mature trees of various types and filled with expanses of lawn and decorative flowers.

Between the church building and the rectory is a lovely shrine for Our Lady of Guadalupe surrounded by roses. See more about the shrine below.

Address: 5961 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95824

Phone: (916) 421-1414

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