Our Lady of Grace Church, West Sacramento, CA
Address: 911 Park Boulevard, West Sacramento, CA 95691
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. The church contains many beautiful Marian images, as well as a stained-glass window of little-seen Saint Thaddeus on the façade. Services are held at the church daily (Monday-Wednesday) at 8:30 a.m. along with a Saturday vigil at 5:30 p.m. and two Sunday Masses at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The building is small, so come early for the well-attended Masses.
Special things to see in the Church
> Beautifully hued, stained-glass windows at either end of the church:
>>Our Lady of Grace (east)
>>Saint Thaddeus (west)
> Our Lady of Mount Carmel statue on the north side wall
> Infant Jesus statue on the façade of the choir loft over the central aisle
Interesting Fact(s) About the Church
The structure of the church was once a military chapel originally located at Camp Beale, a U.S. Army training camp established in 1942 during World War II in Yuba County, which was closed and consolidated with Beale Air Force Base in 1947. During this consolidation, some of the ten military chapels on the base were sold and relocated. The building for Our Lady of Grace Church was purchased by the Diocese of Sacramento in 1947 or 1948 from the War Assets Administration (WAA) and became the home of the Parish of Our Lady of Grace in 1949. The church reportedly was bought for one dollar, then taken apart and transported in pieces to the current location. The land on which the church and other parish structures was also purchased for one dollar from the a parish family. Bishop Robert Strong dedicated the church in October 1948.
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