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Babbling Brook

May 22nd, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

The following image from the Catholic Courier captures a scene from Good Shepherd’s 100th anniversary Mass (side note- Good Shepherd technically will celebrate their 100th anniversary this July). In this picture, you will see a variety of priests and wannabe priests holding hands aloft for the Our Father. What Nancy DeRycke (far right) and Sr. Mary Ann Binsack (2nd from right) are doing within the sanctuary is beside me.

What interests me most about this photograph, however, is the replica Niagara Falls in the foreground. What is the deal with that? Is that supposed to be a Baptismal font? (I think it is) Is it there for ambiance? What purpose does a waterfall serve in a Roman Catholic church?

Honestly, it looks like they are offering Mass in a tropical rain forest. Our churches today are hardly recognizable as Roman Catholic places of worship.

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6 Responses to “Babbling Brook”

  1. Teresa says:

    A symbol of the Fountain of God?

    The fountain is quite odd being located in a Catholic Church.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This whole waterfall/fountain fad is becoming all too common in Catholic churches. To me, its presence suggests more Buddhist/Zen than Roman Catholic.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Looks like Debi Housel at the extreme (ha ha) left.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Try going to Mass, hearing the noise of falling water from that monstrocity. It's like CHinese water torture!

  5. Anonymous says:


    If I heard that going on at Mass, I'd end up going to the bathroom!


  6. Smiley says:


    In a church in Mississauga Canada, as you walk into the church is this big water body water flows from top down into this huge tourgh its almost like a walk in medium sized jacuzze. This is where they have baptisms.

    I wish i had a camera this church was realy wrong in every sense of the word. behind the altar was this plain glass so you could see the rock waterfall and vine garden behind (outside the church). I was tempted to streak nude to make a point, but I did not.

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