13 February 2010

Make Sure It's the Right One

If someone invites you to St. Francis de Sales for Mass, make sure it's the right one:

St. Francis de Sales Church in Muskegon, Michigan, built 1966

St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, Missouri, built 1908

Just sayin'.

11 comments:

Gregor said...

Yikes! The first one is outright creepy.

info said...

What a fantastic church in St. Louis!

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Mitch said...

I don't know I like the first one better, I mean after all it looks like it would be awful hard to have a decent liturgical dance around the altar in the second one. And if I can't have people dancing around the altar with bowls of incense then why would I even bother with going to church??? lol

Fr. Andrew said...

The first looks like a set from Tim Burton's Batman in 1988.

Athelstane said...

Brutalism just doesn't seem to age quite as well as Neo-Gothic.

Modernist sacred architecture aims to strip away all possible aesthetic distractions so as to focus all attention on what really matters. And in this case, apparently, what really matters is "figuring out how quickly I can escape from this soul-deadening superbunker."

Fenian said...

I had no idea that H.R. Giger designed a church.

Prekast said...

Muskegon, MI......despair. I second the Batman setting - maybe something from the Penguin's frigid, underground lair.

Prekast

Anonymous said...

I once was a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales in Muskegon. The best thing about Muskeghon is their outstanding Catholic Central High School. It is the glue that holds the whole mostly Catholic town together. Anyway, St. Francis de Sales there is a lovely parish with wonderfully good people, but with a church so ugly that one wonders if one needs to go to Confession after just having glanced at it (as in "ugly as sin"). On the other hand, our Cathedral on the south side of St. Louis, St. Francis de Sales, has an equally beautiful parish and a church whose beauty is beyond description,. Why not strive for both in all circumstances? Why settle for Marcel Breuel and the architectural school of French Brutalism? I say turn that monstrosity in Muskegon into a bingo hall, and send them the blueprints from St. Louis for another cathedral.

Anonymous said...

i'll bet the northern church is as cold during the inter as the St. Louis one!

Tancred said...

Nice!

ashley said...

St. Francis de Sales in Philadelphia is quite comparable to the St. Louis Oratory in terms of architectural beauty. The liturgy of this NO vernacular (English and Vietnamese) is not comparable, however.
http://www.saintfrancisdesales.net/main.html