DISCOVERING OUR VALLEY 2011
The San Fernando Valley, in some ways like New York City in the 1890s, is experiencing a rich infusion of people and cultures from many parts of the world. I experienced this personally when, on a quick visit to this week to Our Lady of Peace Catholic church in Sepulveda. Over a confessional was a note that the priest spokes English, Español and Vietnamese.
Votive candles at an exterior shine of Our Lady of Peace Catholic church in Sepulveda. Photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2011.
Traditional Mexican and Central American shrine candles lighted the edge of an outside shrine, while a doll-like statue of the Infant of Prague looked out of a niche in the church's interior.
While I was photographing the interior, an elderly Latina lady crawled on her knees toward the main altar decorated with sweeping banners of the Easter season.