By Marge Fenelon, National Catholic Register
“The Holy Spirit is at work here,” one of the parishioners said to me after Mass.
I believe him. I could feel it for myself.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plantersville, Texas is one of the historic “Painted Churches of Texas,” and I visited there one recent Sunday morning.
In fact, it was the Spirit who led me to St. Mary’s.
I’d been researching Marian pilgrimage sites for my ongoing project, Marian Pilgrimage: Discovering Mary Across the USA when I happened upon a brief article about the Catholic heritage of Galveston, Texas. Labeled “The Ellis Island of the West,” the gulf island was a prominent entry-way for European immigrants from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s – many of them Catholic.
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