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To Love, Proclaim, and Serve God through

Amar, Proclamar y Servir a Dios a través de

  • life-giving liturgical worship
  • joyful community
  • empowering others

We live our mission through worship, in which lay adults, children and youth participate alongside our clergy.  Traditional, life-giving Eucharistic liturgy and fine music are hallmarks of worship at our parish, and we have weekly services in both English and Spanish.  We create a joyful community with a harvest of fellowship activities and events for all ages.  We empower and serve others through vital ministries, particularly around feeding the hungry.  Please explore our website to get to know us or, better yet, come visit!

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Musings from Mother Jenny 12.29.2023

The Chapel of the Sacred Heart in Richmond was constructed in 1894. It is part of what is now known as Richmond Hill. Moving to Richmond in 1998 I quickly discovered this convent which was converted to an ecumenical retreat center in the early 1990’s. Over the years I have said many prayers in this place. Prayers for healing, guidance, strength and courage. Prayers of confession, thanksgiving and intercession. This sacred space has heard many petitions of my heart and it is, by the way, the place where Joe and I met.

Walking into the chapel after a major renovation some years ago I could not believe my eyes. The once small enclosed chapel now revealed a second story complete with eight original stained-glass windows, a beautiful 33 ft. barrel-vaulted ceiling and intricate hand-stenciled gold-leaf borders. All this had been completely concealed by a dropped ceiling and vinyl wall covering installed by the Sisters of the Visitation in 1975. All the beauty above the fake ceiling had been there all along yet concealed. No one knew of these treasures because they were completely blocked from sight.

Which brings me to a thought for the coming new year that “more will be revealed.” It is humbling to me how little we really know of the future. Oh, we can presume to believe that life in 2024 will be just as it was in 2023. We can assume broken relationships will remain broken, that hurts will not go away, that limitations will always be limitations. And yet, I hope this is not true. I hope that for all of us and for Grace Church more will be revealed in God’s good time. That somehow the temporary ceiling of our life and church will be removed and more will be revealed. More of God’s purpose for us, more of God’s love for us, more of our care and concern for one another, more of who we are called to be as the Body of Christ. Yes, it is my hope that more will be revealed in 2024 and when we see what has been hidden, we will be so amazed and grateful that we will stand in awe of God’s love and respond in ways we never have before nor thought possible.

Changes will surely occur in 2024. And through them more will be revealed. May we remain faithful to the task of looking for bright horizons while trusting in God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness and love.

With love and care,

Mother Jenny+

Happy New Year!