Sunday, June 21, 2009

Santo Christo

I pass this Catholic church every day on my way to delivering my son to school. In search of a memorable image of Fall River, we poked our head in the front door just a few weeks ago and were glad that we did. Santo Christo sits at the corner of Columbia and Canal Streets in the heart of Fall River's Portuguese Cultural district and serves the Portuguese community in Fall River with services in both english and portuguese. Rev. Gastao Oliveira and Rev. Thomas M. Kocik preside over services. They don't appear to have a website but a phone number, address and a list of services can be had at this link:

Journeys can take many forms and spiritual is one of them. I'm often affected, calmed perhaps by the sight of the inside of a Catholic Church. My eye follows the lines in the fluted columns upwards to the sight of the vaulted ceiling. I find myself thinking that if God came to earth he'd probably want to stay the night in this architectural grandeur. I hum a bar of "nearer my God to Thee" and out the door I go into the sunshine.

I confess that that's not the only sort of thought that a church invokes in me. Do you watch Bart Simpson? I love that little scamp. I was once amazed watching an episode in which he escaped the confines of a church by running along the backs of the pews, hopping into the aisle and climbing the chains that serve to open those peculiar little tilting windows one finds in the middle of the stained glass panels. He squeezed out and I remembered how many times I'd done exactly the same thing in my imagination as a young boy. Whatever form your religious devotion takes we hope you can enjoy the site of this lovely church interior that has served the Portuguese community in Fall River for so long.

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