Sunday, March 18, 2007

Photos of Saint Wenceslaus Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Wenceslaus Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, located less than four road miles southwest of the Old Cathedral downtown.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

In the late 19th century, the Bohemian immigrant community outgrew the nearby Saint John Nepomuk Church, and so Saint Wenceslaus parish was formed in 1895. This church was dedicated in 1926.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

The church was designed by the architectural firm of O'Meara & Hills, who did many other churches and ecclesiastically-related structures both locally and nationally.

In the background is Saint Francis de Sales Oratory.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Many thanks to the Pastor and parish administrator for unlocking the church for me. Unfortunately, the neighborhood has a lot of crime, and so is not kept open.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

This church has been undergoing a series of restorations lately. Note the painter in the photo! I am told that the angel statues are new, and the tabernacle has been recently relocated to the center of the sanctuary; for a while, it was in a side-chapel. I believe the tabernacle is empty in this photo.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Crucifixion painting above tabernacle.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

The tabernacle.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

IHS on the altar.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

One of the new angel statues that flank the crucifixion painting.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

The walls of the sanctuary are nicely painted, with numerous fleur-de-lis, and symbols of divinity.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

A view to the side of the sanctuary, showing the communion rail, and doors into Mary's chapel

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Altar of Mary.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Tabernacle in Mary's altar.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Chapel of Saint Joesph contains numerous items.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

The baptismal font.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Our Lady of Charity. This shows a scene where three Cubans discover a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and infant Jesus floating at sea. St. Mary, under her title of Our Lady of Charity is patroness of Cuba and the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida. This statue was donated by Saint Louisians of Cuban descent in 1967.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Altar of Saint Joseph has the holy oils.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Decorated ceiling of the chapel.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

View back to the choir loft.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Stained glass window showing Saint Wenceslaus (ca. 907 - 929), in armor, receiving communion. He was a duke, martyr, and patron of Bohemia. The Czech spelling of Wenceslaus is Václav.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Organ pipes.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

The decorative ceiling of the nave.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Pietà statue in narthex.

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Saint Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Marian grotto outside of the church.

Saint Frances Cabrini Academy, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

The church's school is Saint Frances Cabrini Academy. Eleven parishes can send their children to this school.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Not too far from the church is the Budweiser brewery. Saint Wenceslaus went to school in the town of Budweis.

Address:
3014 Oregon Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63118

7 comments:

  1. It's beautiful. It's so good to see tabernacles being restored to the center. How many parishioners does St. Wenceslaus have?

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  2. The census says 480, but this neighborhood is very poor.

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  3. Beautiful Church. I wish they had more parishoners. Is there a predomonant ethnic group that belongs to St. Wenceslaus?

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  4. What a great talent you have. Your photographs are beautifully composed and very sensitive. Thank you very much for posting them.

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  5. I watched recently on EWTN a great documentary on the restoration of the shrine of St Joseph in St Louis.

    http://www.shrineofstjoseph.org/

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  6. I am proud to say that I attended both church and school (when it was also known as St. Wenceslaus School) and have many fond memories. I now live in Texas and don't always have a chance to visit this area when I return home. These pictures brought tears to my eyes and memories of a simplier and easier time. Thank you for bringing these memories back. It was and always will be a beautiful chuch! Kathy

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