HERE ARE PHOTOS of two newer churches in the Diocese of Belleville, both consecrated in 2007.
This is Holy Trinity Church, in Fairview Heights, Illinois, and was consecrated on the first Sunday of Advent, December 2nd, 2007. It is about 13 road miles east of downtown Saint Louis, Missouri.
This is a view into the church through a window. Like most new Catholic churches I've visited, this has fan-shaped seating around a sanctuary, and the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in a separate chapel directly aligned along the primary axis of the church, behind the altar but visible from the nave.
Fairview Heights is located on the great Illinois prairie, and farmland still exists nearby; however this area is rapidly becoming suburban. According the parish website, Holy Trinity has 1100 families and is growing rapidly. This parish dates from 2004, and merges the former Saint Albert the Great and Our Lady of the Assumption parishes.
Saint Clare of Assisi Church, in O'Fallon, Illinois, which is located about five miles to the southeast of Holy Trinity Church. Click here for a photo of the old church, now used as the school chapel. Click here for another exterior view of the new church.
O'Fallon was founded in 1854 as a railroad depot, and the first Holy Mass was offered here in 1858. This parish was founded in 1868, and its patroness is Saint Clare, friend of Saint Francis of Assisi, and co-foundress of the Poor Clare sisters.
I arrived here just as a wedding was starting. The bride was beautiful, but I failed to take a picture of her and her entourage.
The cornerstone of the church.
These photos were taken on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent, 2009.