St. Mary’s Church, Sacramento, CA

Mary is beautifully honored in the architecturally-unique church that sits beneath the lighthouse bell tower along Folsom Boulevard in eastern Sacramento. Our Lady greets visitors from a gold-mosaic niche above the front doors that hints of the splendor to be found inside beneath the ceiling canopy of a blue sky filled with clouds leading to a star-studded sanctuary radiating around a glowing niche of the parish patroness. The church, originally a bastion of the Italian community, is filled with images of devotions special to the Italian people including the Infant Mary Chapel honoring Maria Bambina (Baby Mary). Deep-blue stained-glass windows in the north clerestory illustrate the Solemnities of Mary and the transept windows communicate both beauty and some history of the church.