Immaculate Conception Church Kelowna
Address: 839 Sutherland Avenue
Date & Service Attended: July 16th 2006 9AM Service
I have to admit that I was late here - I thought that the service started at 9:30, and arrived just after 9:20. Most of the church services I've gone to over the years, the sermon usually starts about 20 minutes in, so I thought I'd get most of it. However, those Catholics - judging by this service anyway - are an efficient bunch because by the time I got there, the sermon was mostly complete.
This was the first time that I'd been to a Catholic service, but I have several more to go to before completion of my experience, so I can live with being late in this instance.
Sermon: What I caught related to criticism. Take it seriously, but not personally.
Other parts of the service: Singing, various prayers, etc. People going up to the front of the church for something or other. Priest "snacking" as part of the service. (OK I know it's got some meaning, I just don't know what!)
My feelings/thoughts: A very traditional type of service; felt ritualistic - you were either on the inside of the club or not - and as a non-Catholic, I definitely was on the outside looking in. Everyone else "knew the code", but not me.
If you like a ceremony-filled type service, then this might be for you. I've never particularly enjoyed ceremonies of most sorts, and rituals and traditions don't hold that much appeal to me, so it wasn't really my sort of service.
Other things: No modern multi-media like many churches these days, but a much more traditional church building.
My own very personal ranking on the service and sermon overall: [Not Really for Me]
Size of Congregation: [Medium]
Primary demographic appearance: [Mix (above & below 40)to somewhat older ]
Was greeted/welcomed, made to feel welcome: I was late, but there was welcoming within the service itself.
Service Started: I'm going to assume that it was 9AM on the nose.
Service Finished: 10:05AM
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Web-links: Main church: http://www.catholic-church.org/icc/
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