Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Point Richmond.
Wood shingles can be treated with fire retardent and be safe for buildings. This is apparently the historic outside covering of this very old church that was built in the early l900's. The contractor for this job is Manfred Z. Two sides of the building are being done, which got the worst of the weather. The new shingles are a shiny light brown, compared to the dark color on the old shingles. The roof is regulation asphalt roofing, not wood.
Here's the same angle, but with the telephone pole in
the picture. In this picture you can see the parsonage
with the green window awnings and the Methodist
church to the right of the Catholic church.
This building is exquisitely pretty inside. It has fleur de lys on the back wall and stations of small sculptures all along the sides. It also has beautiful stained glass windows. The fleur de lys will give you a clue that the French were here in the last century, along with the Russians, the Native Americans, the Mexicans, the Chinese, and everyone else.
The sign proclaims mass on Saturday at 5 p.m. and
Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
The new shingles are a sign that this beautiful church is here, and it's here to stay. It's not going anywhere. It's staying right here, and you can visit it this holiday season, and be inspired by its inner beauty to be happy and to be a better person. The Catholic church has a special love for Mary and the baby Jesus which they are willing to share with all of us, which is appreciated very much by me, even though I am not Catholic.
This is the side entrance to the church.
Church services are at 5:00 Saturday evening and 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The Catholic and Methodist services are at different times so that parking will be available for all.
I like this particular view of the spire.
Both churches have rose gardens.
Both churches have a home for the minister, called a rectory or parsonage. The style of these two homes in this particular neighborhood, I think is called a bungalow, but I could be wrong about that. The parsonage of the Catholic church is also needing new shingles, but it is not known if that will be done at this time.
The roofer is hauling the old shingles
to the dump. The Methodists paint
little pictures on their old shingles,
and try to sell them to pay for the work,
but I guess the Catholics are not quite
as sentimental about the church
building. There are too many
shingles on this building to be sentimental
View of the back of the church.
View of the spires with the crosses.
View along West Richmond Avenue
looking down the hill towards the
business area. Nicholl Knob is
in the far distance.