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On April 3 I visited the 900 AM mass at Holy Family Catholic Church in Kirkland with my grandma who has been a practicing Catholic her entire life The church had a very welcoming atmosphere The church building is somewhat simple without many of the top decorations The architecture is simple and resembles that of many other small churches There is a steep area of the roof that is a common characteristic of a churchs architecture On the inside there were many rows of pews from the front near the altar to the back On the altar there was an organ a large cross and a hanging medium-sized stained glass The service involved a variety of people ranging in age Those who preside over mass wore white robes The pastor had along with his white robe had a yellow sash As you enter the church ushers hand out bulletins and help you find an empty row of seats for your group As the service beginnings a group of young boys walked candles and incense up to the altar and were also a part of the choir There was also communion where the people went up to the pastor and were given a wafer and sip of wine Throughout mass the pastor led the audience in songs which were accompanied by the choir consisting of both young adults and adults I noticed that most of the audience did not need to use the song sheets but knew the words by heart Along with singing the pastor read sections from the Bible and led prayers Also he brought attention to some of the events and articles in the bulletin There was series of baptisms in which the parents carried their child up to the pastor as he said a prayer and dipped their faces into water There was also an altar server who helped the pastor in the baptism and the overall service Near the end of
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