30 July 2010

Mass in my hometown...


This is Immaculate Conception Church in New Hartford, Connecticut.  Although it's in my hometown, I never set foot in it until I was ordained as a Catholic priest, since I wasn't raised in a Catholic family.  It's been my privilege, however, to say Mass at Immaculate Conception when I've been back for visits, and I was there this past week.

It's built in the Carpenter Gothic style -- an architectural style I find absolutely lovely, and which was quite popular in the late 19th century, as the "poor man's answer" to the glorious gothic structures that were being built in stone.  Rural areas especially found this style to be not only affordable, but it used the considerable talents of local carpenters and woodworkers.