Again I bring readers a report on the very curious situation with regards to ecclesiastical architecture here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
The first building shown is St. Thomas Aquinas in Dallas, which, if the website is correct, is only fifty years old. Built in a plane, but well done neo-gothic style, it has survived the liturgical revolution more or less intact. The altar was brought out from against the wall, yet it is still suitable for more traditional rites.
Neo-gothic with plenty of color and not too many statues.
Correctly the Baptistry is an octagonal room at the back
of the church, behind the nave.
The other church is called St. Jude's and is located in Allen. Its style is an unusual
blend between modern brutalism and the traditional layout, although not
the traditional decorative style.
The center of attention is unclear here. Yes, that iron plank on the wall is
the tabernacle door.
The transepts and altar are arranged such that
everyone gets a view of the "action"
The place lights well, but has no distinctly Christian
architectural features. I have seen banks with similar
The Stations of the Cross seem to be charcoal drawings of
scenes from Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ
A fascinating processional cross