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“Beautiful and welcoming”

St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church
Ranked #22 of 117 things to do in Hilton Head
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Allentown
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24 reviews
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“Beautiful and welcoming”
Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed mass here while on vacation! The kids did well and the priest was good! It's pretty outside of the church and everyone was very kind and welcoming. Very good organist too!

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On The Road
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151 reviews
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“Wonderful community!”
Reviewed August 1, 2014

This parish is very welcoming to visitors! They realize that they have visitors walk through their doors each and every week. You will find a beautiful church, ample parking (if you arrive at least 25 minutes early, but not before the previous mass has ended), and a wonderful haven built to let the outdoor view in!
The music ministry at this parish is vibrant, and very well formed. The music is beautiful, uplifting, and wonderful balance of traditional Catholic hymnody, and Contemporary Catholic music. You can expect to hear organ and/or piano at most masses, as well as other instrumentalists from time to time.
The worship experience is very mainstream, not extremely orthodox, and not out of the Ordinary.
We love to attend mass while we are traveling, and look forward to St. Francis By The Sea on each visit to the island! If you arrive early, walk around the grounds! Beautiful statuary, and very prayerful environment!
Be sure to check their website for seasonal mass times, and for Holiday and Holy Day masses! (As well as confession times!)

Visited July 2014
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New Jersey
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1,903 reviews
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“Beautiful church”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

Nicely located beautiful large church with the statue of St Francis in front of it. The architectural design is pretty, the main area feels large and airy, with prominent cross above the altar . This nice interior enhances the good spiritual vibe this church has.

Visited November 2013
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Fairhaven
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“A SPIRITUAL PLACE LOOKING OUT TO A HEAVENLY ISLAND”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

For many years, my husband and I have been traveling to Hilton Head Island, SC, even though it is over a 1000 mile drive from our home each way. We stay in a condo on the beach and find that very calming and relaxing. I personally get a beautiful spiritual connection to the Island every time I attend Mass at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church. When you enter the church, you notice that there are large windows throughout the church overlooking the lovely trees and gardens which are so beautiful on this Island. The parking lot is also designed in this way. It is a church like no other that I have ever visited. It is a vibrant religious community and the people are so friendly. If we ever moved to this Island, I would certainly join this parish in a heartbeat! I am so thankful to have found this little bit of Paradise while visiting this Paradise on Earth.

Visited September 2013
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