"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

November 9, 2010

St. Peter's Catholic Church

Once every two years, I complain that my polling place is in a Catholic church just because I really like that whole 'separation of church and state' idea. 

But, hey, at least I found a new marker I never would've seen.

"This bell has been donated
by the members of
Saint Mark's Parish
Shakopee, Minnesota

The bell was cast in 1857

June 29, 1981"


Patti said...

Hope you don't mind if I chuckle a bit... you know I'm a pastor in a church, and we're really involved in our community, helping with garbage pick-up, going to community meetings, giving out food, etc. We were just at a community meeting last week where they announced that they DESPERATELY need a place where the community can meet sometimes ... we offered our space which has everything they want, at no cost ... but they have been told by certain people "no churches". We said ok ... no skin off our backs. But kinda funny. I guess a few people would rather not meet at all than use our space. Good grief - I didn't think we faith groups were so terrifying! haha

Nice pics, btw. I just got back from Ukraine, where I toured some beautiful cathedrals. Wow, wow, wow.

Berryvox said...

Patti - Honestly, I don't think there's any place else in the area that could handle the number of people that go through the polls every election. The various churches in Mpls.-St. Paul do do a lot for our community. Most of the social services here get a lot of assistance from the Catholic Charities of MN and various other religious organizations and it is appreciated. :)

I bet those cathedrals you visited ARE gorgeous. I love East European art and architecture.

Ferd said...

I think my ballots have always been cast in a church. Never thought twice about that until now. It is indeed a little reminder that we can't completely separate the different parts of our lives. They all overlap and integrate in one way or another.