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Notre Dame Catholic Church
Just as a building has doors, so to our mind and hearts have 'doors' as well. Open yours as you step within these doors to explore the wonders of this beautiful Church .
As you enter the Church the first thing that catches your heart is the cross of our Lord reminding us of the sacrifice He paid for our lives and the world.
All Catholic Churches have an 'assent' or steps leading up to the altar. This is suggestive of so many elements in sacred history as well as the call to us all to 'ascend' toward heaven by seeking to live holy lives.
Christ commanded His Apostles to repeat His sacred action at the Last Supper (Mt. 26:26). St. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 5:7 that Jesus is "the paschal lamb who has been sacrificed." St. Paul also made it clear in 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 that this was not a mere symbol. Imagine - what would you do if you meet the Lord of all Creation? How would you respond if God suddenly appeared before you? Perhaps you'd kneel, or bow profoundly. This is the reason why for centuries Catholics have knelt or genuflected before a Tabernacle, when the Blessed Sacrament is made available for Eucharistic Adoration or before receiving Holy Communion.
The Bible and the Lord's Supper
As one looks to The Savior of mankind on the cross He beared for our sins, our eyes and hearts are drawn only to Him there for us all..
This most beautiful place is where one can come in adoration of the presence of our LORD!
The red candle holder reminds visitors that our Lord is truly present in the consecrated host(s) in the Tabernacle and the Monstrance.
Holy Baptism holds the first place among the sacraments, because it is the door of the spiritual life; for by it we are made members of Christ and incorporated with the Church. And since through the first man death entered into all, unless we be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, we can not enter into the kingdom of Heaven, as Truth Himself has told us.
Icons representing the 14 Stations of the Cross surround the nave. These are a work of art in their simplicity and beauty. As we look upon these works of art our hearts and minds should be drawn to God in prayer.
"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold from now on will all ages call me blessed." (Luke 1:46-48)
This picture of Jesus and His Sacred Heart is calling to you with open arms.
In honoring the Heart of Christ, our homage lingers on the Person of Jesus in fullness of His love.
Our Mother, "Queen of Heaven and earth", the Mother of Our Lord.
Mary and The Bible
Some beautiful art work is beheld in the eyes (windows) of this church
Jesus said " Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Mt 4:19)
We all need to pray for more vocations to our Catholic Churches across the world.
In any of these photos, or in your next visit to a church - stop, look and listen. Ponder the Cross. Pray to hear what the Lord might be saying to you through a Station of the Cross, a picture or statue of His blessed Mother, an angel or saint. What do you see in their eyes? Do you see a look of humility? Are their feet bare or in sandals? Every statue or photo can have an amazing richness of messages. This is why, for centuries, the Church used sacred art to teach the people - especially before reading became common. Today, when the graphic arts have become powerful means of influencing people, isn't it fitting that we look to spiritual art to inspire us to lead lives pleasing to God?
Thank you for taking our tour of Notre Dame Catholic Church. Please visit this page again soon to see more photos and downloadable pages with more information about this parish, .
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Why not visit this holy place in person? Plan to spend a some time before and after Mass. You'll be moved in ways that may surprise and inspire you. .
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