I usually try to avoid public comment and debate on such things as politics and religion. Oftentimes it never ends well for either side. All one needs to do is scan the comments section of any article, blog or essay and you’ll find an array of strong opinions for either side of the debate. (There can be some very nasty people out there, aka trolls!) Don’t get me wrong, debate is fine as long as we respect each other’s opinion and I’ll leave it at that as this is not an ethics blog! I’m more of a “live and let live” type person. Sad, though, that I had to think twice before I decided to create a blog about the Immaculate Conception Church in Hr. Grace because sooner or later someone would be up in arms about what the closing of the church means or doesn’t mean to them and the community. But you know what? Shag it! I know what that particular church has meant to me over the years and I’ve had the opportunity over the last few years to photograph it, and it is one of the most beautiful structures around. Yes, it’s fallen into disrepair but I’m sure with the vision and guidance of the new owners it will be turned into the magnificent jewel it once was.
I remember attending many events at that church over the years. Everything from my First Holy Communion in 1982 to Gary and Sharmane’s wedding in 1988 and more recently when Katelyn made her confirmation in 2013. These were just a few of the many highlights. But things change which brings us to today, or more specifically, last Sunday where a large crowd gathered one last time in the old building in it’s current form. Unfortunately I was not there to take part in the celebration but from what I’ve seen and heard it looked like a fabulous send off! So I thought what better time to post a few snaps of the church. I had squirreled away these photos over the years, only posting a scattered one here and there. But the time has come to dust them off, lol! I hope you enjoy.
Flashback to May 12, 1982 when I made my First Holy Communion. I was so proud to wear the little white dress and veil that Mom made for me. I still have it tucked away in my closet, no joke! I keep one foot in the past while moving ahead into the future. It’s special times like these that we will remember and cherish regardless what formation the church takes on in the years ahead.
Until Next Time!