My parish church, Saint Anthony of Padua in the historic Gulch neighbourhood of Trail, BC, was recently closed, and many of us, despite the long preparatory process, are feeling the loss of what was for us a very special place.
It is never easy to say good-bye to a church even when we fully grasp the reasons for the closure; even when we understand that bricks and mortar do not make the church, it can be difficult to separate the physical place from the spiritual journey.
My recent column, available from the Prairie Messenger, expresses my thoughts on the closure of this one church; thoughts which I hope reflect the heart of anyone who has had to lock the doors of their worship space.
PS - Special thanks to Mike Hockley Photo for the beautiful images of Saint Anthony's.
|Mike Hockley Photo: Saint Anthony of Padua, Trail BC|
|Mike Hockley Photo: Saint Anthony Of Padua, Trail BC|