Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday: A Polish Church In Little Italy

I took this shot a few days ago. St. Hyacinth Catholic Church is located in the Little Italy neighbourhood here in Ottawa, a taste of Poland within an Italian influenced area. The parish and building date to the post World War Two area, and on a warm Sunday after services, a passerby can expect to hear Polish conversation out front. This view from the side of the building takes in one facade- and yes, it was snowing the day I took this. What can I say, it was a long winter. I thought it quite appropriate for an Easter Sunday.

Happy Easter to those of you marking the day!


  1. A pretty church though I always picture Easter with new growth and pastel flowers. But bare trees give you a nice view. Happy Easter, William!

  2. For the joy it gives the whiteness of the snow, it seems cleaning of the mind, right?
    Happy Easter, William.


  3. This is very serene scenery with a beautiful church in snow. Perfect for Easter!
    Though, I hope it's got much warmer today :-)

  4. More snow... will it ever end? We drove around yesterday in blowing wind, sun, rain and yes, blowing snow.

  5. Good thing you like snow so much William :) Hope you're having a good day.

  6. Nice shot of what seems to be a beautiful church.

  7. Happy Easter! Have a wonderful day.

  8. a pretty looking church! happy easter and happy 'come-on-already-spring!' :)

  9. I've never seen any window detail like that. I wonder if it has special meaning. It's always good to hear another language. Happy Easter.

  10. Nice church. Happy Easter, William.

  11. We have had snow on Easter here in the high country of Arizona before.
    Happy Easter

  12. We had some more snow yesterday but only for a bit.

  13. Quite an attractive building...and I loved the bit about Polish in an Italian area. Let's all get together for there is but one race, the human race.

    Loved your comment about the NRA knuckle draggers - couldn't have been said better...

  14. I like that window at the back.

  15. Happy Easter to my partner in crime!

  16. We have big snowflakes coming down right now, William. Looks like a nice church. Happy Easter to you!

  17. Beautiful !
    Beautiful photo, yu are very lucky to live in such a wonderful city.
    I miss going to a Polish Catholic Church. There is something very comforting, feels like my childhood.
    Ummmmm to much snow for you not enough for us.

    Wesolego Alleluja
    Shalom. Happy Passover
    Happy Easter

    cheers, parsnip

  18. Snow appropriate for Easter? Surely not!

  19. Yes, it suits Easter Sunday, except for the snow.

  20. Feels welcoming, Wm. Thanks, buddy.

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  21. Hope you had a good Easter weekend William !

  22. Quite appropriate for Easter. Have a blessed day.

  23. Looks like it was a cold Easter.

  24. Twoja fotografia jest piękne!
    La fotografia è bella !
    The photo is a beauty, in any language!

  25. Hope your Easter was lovely (snow or no snow).

  26. A very charming church and very Easter appropriate. I hope you had a great one!

  27. Happy Easter to you.
    I love your new header.

  28. A very simple place. I'm sure it's a nice place to worship.

  29. Lovely building William, hopefully the snow will clear soon...

  30. @Kay: I have seen Easters with warm weather and the first flowers sprouting up, and I have seen Easters with snowfall.

    @Tomas: thanks!

    @Marianne: thank you!

    @Tamago: I wouldn't mind getting inside sometime.

    @Birdman: I expect we'll see more snow. Yesterday afternoon we got more of it falling.

    @Hilary: thanks!

    @Jose: thank you.

    @Grace: at this point I wonder when it'll end!

    @Jan: I've always found the exterior of the church to have a lot of character.

    @Sharon: thanks!

    @Tex: spring seems elusive as ever.

    @Red: I find myself wondering how the sanctuary is situated inside, if it's more of a semi circle and that's the front of the sanctuary beyond the windows.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Judy: here it often depends on how late Easter is, but we can expect snow in April.

    @Whisk: for awhile it was coming down heavily here on Monday.

    @Lowell: I think it's well established in that area, to the point where there are retail shops with Polish goods, and one of the local bankers also feature Italian and Polish speakers among the bank tellers.

    1. I miss being outside now, even though I love the winter, I'm ready for sunshine and flowers.

      How about you?

  31. @Jennifer: it has been a long winter, but I saw chipmunks the last couple of days, which for me are definitely a sign of spring.

    @Marleen: so did I, which is what I really wanted in the shot.

    @Norma: thank you!

    @RedPat: it seems Old Man Winter has taken his time leaving for this year.

    @Parsnip: the West could have used some winter precipitation this year. That'll cause problems as the spring and summer progress.

    @Cheryl: for a Canadian Easter, it's often the case.

    @Lynette: for us, it's to be expected.

    @Cloudia: I find myself expecting you inadvertently clicked paste on something unusual for that comment!

    @Country Gal: thanks!

    @Revrunner: thank you.

    @Mari: I did go with a religious theme for the whole weekend.

    @Randy: we had temperatures around the freezing mark on Easter Sunday, and warmer temperatures on Good Friday.

    @Janis: thank you!

    @Linda: it was enjoyable.

    @Aimee: I think I did!

    @Orvokki: thank you!

    @Halcyon: it does seem busy when I pass by in the summer.

    @Geoff: we might still get snow here and there, but the bulk of it is over.

  32. Hope you had a great Easter weekend!

  33. Interesting to read this, William.
    I hope you had a Happy Easter, despite the snow.