Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom
Down Home in NC

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Steeple Sunday #22: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic

The complete name of the church is
The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi...and trust me it is big enough to carry the name
I purposely looked for this church but it surprised me. I saw the church sign but could not find it after I parked. The church is nestled back from the street and goes on and on and on.
So in lieu of a sign here is St. Francis of Assisi's statue.

This is the second of the most unusual 'steeples' I have ever seen. The five shiny objects on the cross are actually brass balls. The sun was at a perfect angle in the sky to make them shine like lights. I commend whomever has the job of keeping the brass balls shiny.
The original sanctuary was dedicated in 1983, it held 450 people. The church was designed to resemble a barn...I'd say it was a very fancy barn.

By 1993 the membership had grown to 2,300 families. It became obvious a new sanctuary was a necessity. Mr. Jon Condoret was selected to be the architect to design the new sanctuary. He was known to have a talent for blending old with new. Two years later the newly constructed space included a Memorial Garden and Columbarium.

St. Francis of Assisi continues to grow. This year's highlight was the GIFT of Capital Compaign which will enable the church to minister to the Catholic Community by building parishes in far reaching parts of Wake Co. The first was completed this year for 125 families.
Stay tuned tomorrow for a report on what Mom and Dad did on their mini vacation
Madi

19 comments:

  1. Madi,

    I am back and I missed you! St. Francis sure is a nice church. I can't waits to hear all about your mom and dad's mini vacation. Dad and me hung out while mom was away last week, we had fun.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

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  2. That is a very interesting church and also a big one. Thanks for those great pictures. Can't wait to hear about the vacation. Have a great day.

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  3. Very interesting! Waiting till tomorrow, with excitment!

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  4. What a preety church...the old DOES blend with the new very well. The setting looks so peaceful, a good place to think and just "be".

    Looking forward to fun photos tomorrow...Hi Madi!

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  5. Lovely cross...and we love St. Francis!
    ~K and the Pups

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  6. Hi Madi!

    Thanks for showing us the pictures of St. Francis. It is a very interesting looking church. Of course, St.Francis is my favorite saint because of his love of animals.

    Your pal, Pip

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  7. Hi Madi. I like that barn look. We have about a zillion Roman Catholic Churches here. It's the number one demographic by far. No barns that I know of, though.

    Madi, did you know it's World Cat Day? I just found out from Tama-Chan. You can bet I'm hurrying to put together a kitty post. So...I just want to say Happy World Cat day to you!

    lotsa licks, Lola

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  8. What an amazing place! I wonder how often they have to polish that brass?

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  9. Interesting design for the church. Love the statue.

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  10. Love the St. Francis statue...Happy World Cat Day, beautiful Madi...kisses...Calle, Halle, Sukki

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  11. It's World Cat Day, Madi and I'm here to wish you from the bottom of my tiny lil' heart. I hope your humans have made it back to pamper you and treat you like the queen you are.
    xoxoxo
    Twinkie

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  12. What a lovely church.
    Oh Madi we are so glad to see you back.
    Hope you are having a wonderful World Cat Day!

    purrin

    xo
    Abby

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  13. Hi Madi & Mom,

    Welcome home C & B, glad to hear you made it back before Madi's curfew.

    The 'steeple' must be a sight to behold when the sun hits it just right. We have a lot of styles of churches here but I have never seen one with such a barn-like appearance.

    Cindi Lou wishes you very Happy World Cat Day to you Miss Madi! I looked for info on it because I had the date on my calendar from last year but couldn't find anything so I missed doing a post.

    Hugs & Purrs,
    J and Cindi

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  14. Hi Madi and Mom!! Welcome back!! St. Francis of Assisi is one of our favorite saints because he's the patron saint of animals.

    Happy World Cat Day to you, Madi. And our mom says thanks for you praise of the collage she made...but don't be too impressed!! She had some help from shapecollage.com. All she hadta do is find 100 photos of us which wasn't too difficult since she's a photo taking maniac!

    Can't wait to see what your mom and dad did on their mini vacation!

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  15. Pawesome church!
    Happy Sunday!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  16. Brass ball shiner......what a job.

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  17. HI Madi and Mom,
    Great church!! You really have some interesting churches!!
    Madi I am sorry your food is boring!
    Tomorrow I am going to blog about what I cook for Bambi and myself for breakfast. Of course Bambi eats the same thing twice a day. lol
    XXOO, Bambi & Fern

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  18. I really like how the brass balls shine in the sun. Great statue too!

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