Sunday, April 21, 2013

2617 Cedar Street

Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catholic Church
Everett, Washington

"Everett is home to the largest public marina on the west coast of the United States[11]and is the western terminus of the western segment of U.S. Route 2. It is also home toBoeing's assembly plant for the 747767777, and the new 787 in the largest building in the world by volume at 116.5 million cubic feet (3,300,000 m3).
Everett, Washington (Google)

"Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish has a rich history. Since the founding of the city of Everett in 1891, the Catholic population of North Everett has been able to worship, pray and learn together at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Father William Lindner, C.Ss.R., said the first Mass on January 17, 1892.  

"While our church had humble beginnings in a two-story schoolhouse (located west of Broadway between Hewitt and Pacific Avenues), a permanent church and rectory were soon built on the current church property at the corner of Cedar Street and Everett Avenue. Our Lady of Perpetual Help was blessed by Bishop Aegidius Junger, D.D., and opened for Divine Service on April 23, 1893. 

"Soon after, attention was turned toward providing a place of Catholic education for the children of the parish. St. Dominic's Academy opened in September of 1899, with seventy children, held in the basement of the church.

"By 1916, as Our Lady of Perpetual Help celebrated its silver jubilee, growth in the parish was phenomenal. The current facility, including the church, school, rectory and hall, were built in 1925 to accommodate such growth. 

"At this time a pipe organ was purchased to enhance liturgical services. This organ was moved to the new church and still blesses us with wonderful music.

"...late 1980's funds were ... raised to install stained glass windows in the church. These windows greatly enhance the beauty of our church and liturgy and provide a legacy of art and beauty. (Link 1.)

Front Exterior Entrance Doors 

The red brick church has many distinctive architectural details. The brick above the portico is laid in a criss-cross design with a row of small arches along the roof line. Inside the arches are alternating roses and shields, symbols of Virgin Mary.  White cement roses for the Virgin Mary also line the roof line with a "rick-rack" pattern above.

On either side of the portico* are strips of white relief sculpture with another symbol of the Virgin May, that of the lily.

Lily relief sculpture strips

A white cross tops the center peak of the roof line.

The exterior of the portico* features a tile roof, Corinthian pillars , and three decorative arches of alternating red brick and cement.  Roses for the Virgin Mary are molded in of each of the Corinthian pillars. (See photo below.)

There are three front entrance doors: a center double door with single doors on either side.  Each of the doors has two banks of square windows.  An alternating red brick cement pattern arches around the doors with the square design  repeated in the arch above each.  In the center of the square arch insert above the  double doors is a cross. (See photo above.)

Front Exterior Pillar

Windows with square panels also flank the portico and are in the addition on the rear of the church sanctuary. (See top photo.)  Arched windows line the sides of the sanctuary, in a bank of five above the portico, on the second storey on either side of the front, and above the side doors of the rear addition. (See photos at the top and below.) 

Side Bank of Sanctuary Windows-Exterior

Window above side door of rear addition

"The organization of the church would change dramatically in 1994, as Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Immaculate Conception Parish became one pastoral unit.... While Masses are still said at each church, and parish councils remain separate, many of the other administrative functions have been combined. (Link 1.)

Sign on front of church

Photos: Taken in February 2013 by SW.
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Link 2:,_Washington


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen

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