Sunday, July 15, 2007

Photos of Saint Gertrude Church, in Krakow, Missouri

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Gertrude Church, in Krakow, Missouri. The church is located 55 highway miles west of downtown Saint Louis, in rural Franklin County.

Saint Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, in Krakow, Missouri, USA -

Note the metal roof on the church. This is an excellent, but nowadays rarely-used building material. The tower is rather unusual.

The parish was founded in 1845, and was originally Polish.

According to Library of Congress data:
"Built ca. 1870. Said to have been designed by Father Benis, resident priest. Wrought-iron balustrade made by local Polish blacksmith."



The church seems to have been recently renovated. The odor of fresh paint was obvious. Clear glass windows line the sides of the church.

The church is named after Saint Gertrude the Great (1256-1302).



The sanctuary, decorated for Pentecost. These photos were taken on May 30th.





Detail of altar. Note the pelican symbol: the bird sacrifices itself for the sake of its young; this is a Christological symbol.



Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.



14th Station of the Cross: Jesus is laid in the sepulchre.



The holy oils.



The baptismal font.



Icon of Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.



Pipe organ in the choir loft.



The rectory.

Mass times:
Saturday (vigil): 4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 a.m.
Tuesday: 7:00 p.m. with Perpetual Help Devotions
Holy Days: vigil 5:00 p.m., 8:00 a.m., 7:00 p.m.

Confession:
Saturday: 4:00 to 4:20 p.m.
Sunday: 7:00 to 7:20 a.m.

Eucharist Adoration:
Mondays following 8:00 a.m. Mass until 12:00 p.m.

Address:
6535 Highway YY
Krakow, Missouri 63090

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