Well, it is great to be home here in Chicago. But I did want to share some photos I took while at Saint John Nepomuk parish in Yukon, Oklahoma.
Here are a few of the exterior:
This was originally a long, narrow church. That original structure was converted to a gathering space and day chapel, and the new, much larger church was built right next to it. Here is the interior:
The font, which you can see on the right hand side, was actually added to the marble steps and is pretty ingenious:
That's a statue of the parish's patron behind the font. Below the statue, inset into the marble, is a lighted golden casket, containing a relic of the saint. In this photo, you get a better sense of how the font works:
I had a wonderful experience of very good liturgy at Saint John's. The pastor chants pretty much as beautifully as any priest I have ever heard. He went to the seminary at Saint Meinrad in Indiana, where he was obviously influenced by the Benedictine monks there.
I will have more to say about chant and the new translation when New Translation Tuesday rolls around.
I hope that, wherever you are, you have a safe and blessed weekend. It will be good to be back at Saint James on Sunday. While in Oklahoma, a very kind woman gave me a check written out to Saint James; perhaps this is the first donation to our new building fund!
Thank you, people of Saint John Nepomuk in Yukon, Oklahoma!
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.