I’m going to be in Phoenix, AZ for a couple weeks for some work-related training with Honeywell in October – and I was hoping for some suggestions about what sort of things I can do in town. I’m traveling with a co-worker, but we have pretty different ideas about what we’d like to do in our spare time. I’ll be staying on the north side of town, near the Phoenix-Deer Valley Municipal Airport. I’ve looked at a few different parish websites and whatnot, but I’d really appreciate a “local’s” suggestion about where I might go – and I don’t know anybody from Phoenix. Much less a Phoenix literate person who cares about their Catholic faith!
So, I was wondering things like: are there any churches that have daily Mass in the evening? Are there any shrines or anything similar for pilgrimage-type visits? Are there any good Catholic bookstores? Does anyone have suggestions for particularly beautiful churches a visiting Catholic might want to visit? And for the weekend – what parishes could someone suggest where they are particularly “reverent” when celebrate the Mass?
I’m not opposed to the extraordinary form of the Mass by any means – I consider myself an orthodox Catholic I suppose. I belong to a semi-traditional (some people call it that anyway!) parish here in Iowa – all of our Masses are celebrated with great love and reverence for the Eucharist – and we have a Latin Mass available on Sundays. But a church that celebrates the Novus Ordo Mass with great reverence would be wonderful too!
I really appreciate any suggestions that any of you might have for me! Thank you very much ahead of time!
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum