St. Mary’s Catholic Church is quite a landmark in Red Deer, Alberta. The church was designed by architect Douglas J. Cardinal, and the building was completed in 1968. St. Mary’s Church is a stunning and unique piece of architecture. I always feel the church is at its most stunning on Christmas Eve.
The church has a seating capacity of 650 people, but can hold up to 720 people with additional chairs. Christmas masses are so popular that a video feed of the mass is also provided in the hall to be able to accommodate even more people.
This year the altar was adorned with a many poinsettia creating a rich red focal point. The choir added to the atmosphere this evening singing Christmas hymns prior to mass as the parishioners arrived. It was very festive.
The nativity display is always a highlight with young and old alike. It is located to the left of the altar and is visited by many after mass ends.
(photography taken with an iphone 4s)