St. Helena Cathedral (Helena, MT)

07/27/17 Wednesday in Spokane Valley, WA (HOME)

When we first got a glimpse of this cathedral I told John it sure looked like Notre Dame, a smaller version of course. When we began our tour we learned that it’s in Gothic style. That’s what Notre Dame and Chartres are too, so I was on the right track.

Built on a hill, it stands with great dignity and a lovely view. The property was purchased in 1905 but the cathedral wasn’t ready for the congregation until 1924. The most phenomenal sights are the stained glass windows. In the early days of the church those windows were how the faithful were taught. I loved how these have the scriptures written in the glass, in English. It’s rare to see any words, much less than they are in English.

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Central Aisle with Baptismal font near, main altar far.


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Central Altar. Note the organ and organ pipes behind it. There is seating there as well.


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Side altar to Mary (left of main altar).


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Side altar (right of main altar) to St. Joseph.


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Cross above main altar.

Stunningly beautiful.  We also attended their noon Mass, with our priest concelebrating. That was lovely as well.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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