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Divinity

We attended a Saturday mass here, casual, at peace and beautiful Church. Enjoyed having an... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Flyby0161
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Oak Brook, Illinois
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Welcoming congregation; don't miss the outdoor sculpture "Homeless Jesus"

I stopped by St. Mary's Catholic Church as a tourist 1/2 hour before Sunday mass was to start. The... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2018
Karen L
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Manassas, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We attended a Saturday mass here, casual, at peace and beautiful Church. Enjoyed having an opportunity to attend.

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Reviewed October 10, 2018

I stopped by St. Mary's Catholic Church as a tourist 1/2 hour before Sunday mass was to start. The greeter welcomed me in, and when I said I wasn't staying for the service, she walked me over to show me the best statue in the church and offered a few words about the church. It's a beautiful place inside, far more decorative than the vertical and stark outside walks. Don't miss the outdoor sculpture "Homeless Jesus," a cloaked man lying on a bench that looks so lifelike. It's marked with a plaque that recites the Matthew scripture, "I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." It's a powerful message.

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Reviewed October 9, 2018

What a beautiful Church, right across the street from our hotel, but most importantly, blessed to attend Mass at St. Mary's!

Thank Mary B
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Reviewed September 4, 2018

I stopped in to look at the church and it was just beautiful. It reminded of the church I grew up in. I returned to attend the Saturday vigil mass. Everyone was welcoming to the tourists and the service was very good. The priests gave a great homily. I felt at home at this church. I'm really glad I went.

They also have a gift shop next to the church that is opened during the week. I purchased a small angel for a friend who recently lost her husband.

This church helps to feed the homeless in San Antonio. The first weekend of every month they take up a special collection to help feed the homeless that come to their doors. Good people doing good work

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Reviewed July 10, 2018

The bells ... they could be cute, or quaint. They toll the hour, like a good church bell should, which is nice. But then you check your watch, and realize they are 7.5 minutes late.

"Oh that's odd," you think to yourself. "Maybe my watch is off." It's not off, my friend. You'll realize that in 30 minutes, when a little after 6:37 pm, you begin to hear them again. But this time, they play a song.

"Is that a hymn?" you think to yourself. It might be. Or it might be ... yes, it's America the Beautiful. How patriotic! But at 7:37pm, when after ringing the 19th hour, the bells begin their songs again, you hear the Air Force song. "What an odd song for a church to play ... at 7:37 pm," you think to yourself. Immediately after, another song plays. "Oh is it a religious holiday of some sort?" No, it isn't. It's a normal day. A Tuesday. And when you wander towards the church after the 4th song to see what they might be celebrating, you find that the doors and gates are all closed, and padlocked.

The songs continue. You're starting to chuckle, because it all feels a little crazy. Random songs on discordant bells, from an empty church. No-one asked for the concert. No-one stands by to appreciate it. It just goes on, ignored, piercing, and rude, like the drunk homeless man nearby, who is yelling dispassionately at no-one. And you feel the same way about the bells as you do about him; sympathetic, a little curious, wondering about what may be some kind of distress signal ... but mostly, once you realize the bells, and the man, don't care at all who is listening ... you just want the noise to stop.

Please, St. Mary's, please just reset your clock, and limit it to one unwanted song at a time.

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Reviewed May 21, 2018

This is a wonderful Church to attend in Downtown San Antonio. If you’re staying at Omni La Mansion, literally just around the corner. A few steps from hotel & they have a 530pm mass on Saturday.

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Reviewed July 18, 2017

We went to mass at St Mary's Church while in San Antonio. You can hear the bells of the church tolling when you are on the River Walk and it is in a convenient location if you are downtown. Interestingly enough, it is also labeled as a fallout shelter! The church is quite beautiful and is worthwhile visiting just to experience the architecture for those who are interested.

Thank Murray W
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Reviewed July 13, 2017 via mobile

Nice looking church not far from the riverwalk so easy to get to.

Inside beautiful and peaceful a great place to reflect.

Thank Jason S
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Reviewed June 1, 2017 via mobile

Stopped in on a Thursday afternoon and had the place all to myself. Very peaceful and well worth a slight detour from the Riverwalk.

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Reviewed June 1, 2017

established in 1852 St. Marys is a wonderful refuge in central downtown San Antonio just off the Riverwalk on N. St Marys St.

masses in English all day long 7 days a week

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