To the Valley

Back on the road. Since many of my friends are currently buried under a mountain of snow, I thought you’d appreciate that the weather in Arizona was warm and mild this weekend. You’re welcome.

Work-related business placed me in the capital city this week, which meant a lot of spare time for visits around the Valley. It started at my parish of choice, Holy Family Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, the Eastern church in communion with Rome. The church home is based in Kerala, India, and many of the parishioners at Holy Family, and others around the country, have come to the U.S. from that part of the country. I met more than a dozen parishioners, each friendlier than the next.

Following Mass, I stopped in at the original home of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale. Located right in the heart of the city’s trendy arts district, the chapel has been beautifully restored.

Finally, on my way out, I couldn’t pass up visiting the breathtaking Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona. Perched atop one of the area’s many red rock hills, the chapel is a must-see for any traveling Catholic.

Also, if it makes my cold-weather friends feel better, I’m currently stuck in Western New Mexico, victim of the rare winter storm that is blanketing roads that are tricky to traverse even in the most benign times.

Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona
The view from below.
Scottsdale’s original Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Holy Family Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.
From St. Mary’s Basilica in Phoenix.

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