Déjà Pew

When Fr. Chris Michelson was named the founding pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish, he had already been there, done that as the founding pastor of All Saints Catholic Church. In both cases, he built a parish hall to serve as the sanctuary until a church could be built. Certain aspects of the structure at St. Albert the Great are reminiscent of All Saints, such as the pattern of the floor tiles. However the presider’s chair and the ambo are flip-flopped from where they are at All Saints. The brick and mortar aren’t the only similarities. As I read the church bulletin, I recognized many of the various committee members as former All Saints parishioners who lived closer to the new parish.

I arrived at St. Albert around 9:30 on Sunday. I had volunteered to distribute brochures for the Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses. During the lull between Masses, I excused myself to go to the restroom. Even though it was my first visit to their building, I instinctively found the bathrooms because they are in the same place as they are in the two buildings at All Saints. Except for one potentially embarrassing detail. A parish council member, who was a longtime All Saints parishioner, told me that she also has to make a conscious effort to remember that the men’s and women’s rooms are reversed from All Saints.

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