Churches worth driving to

Name of Church Blessed Sacrament

Address 5750 South Highway 1, Elk, CA 95432

Phone number (707) 877-3312

Website www.blessedsacrament-elk.org

Mass times Saturday vigil, 4 p.m.

Confessions  by appointment

Names of priests Father Louis Nichols, pastor.  Father does not live on site, but drives down once a week for Mass.  He is an 80-year-old priest, ordained in 1960.  He served as a military chaplain for 11 years, including service in Vietnam.

Special groups/activities The Elk Altar Society is the group which preserves the church; its annual fundraisers include a St. Patrick’s party.

Music Guitar.

School No.

Fellow parishioners A handful of local residents and tourists.

Parking Park on the driveway up to the church.
Acoustics Fine.

Additional observations  Blessed Sacrament is a historic parish on the coast in Northern California.  It is part of the diocese of Santa Rosa.  The church was built in 1896, and is the central historical feature to the town of Elk, which is home to a few hundred people.  The church today looks much like it did more than a century ago, including a traditional altar and many traditional statues.  It has a terrific ocean view.

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  1. What a lovely little church! How inviting…it would be well worth a drive to attend mass and savor the scents of ocean and sky. In Ohio we have an area called ‘land of the cross-tipped churches’ (you can find it by googling that name) and many people make it a hobby of sorts of making weekend pilgrimages to the various churches and their communities and creating web sites of the various interiors and histories. In this area is where you’ll find the home ‘Our Lady of America’ in Findlay, and the second largest collection of Holy Relics in the US in Maria Stein. If I were living in California, I think it would be fun to visit the different churches you write about each week and journal the various histories. I suppose you would have to be retired to find the time to do it. It’s a very long drive even here in Ohio to visit this historic area. We look small on the map, but we’re used to compare the size of England to the U.S. California is so large you’d have to spend much time & money just getting to these places.

  2. What a lovely church, High Altar intact, communion not ripped out!! statues. Don’t know how that happend but nice to see, all we need to do is remove the “people’s altar” and have the Traditional Latin Mass once again be offered here!! Looking at this lovely church it was built just for it many years ago. Oremus!

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