Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine

My first day in Florida included a wonderful trip to Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine.

copyright Ellen Hrkach, please do not use without permission

copyright Ellen Hrkach, please do not use without permission


One thought on “Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine

  1. We go to Mass there when we visit Orlando. My husband calls it Mary Queen of the Amusement Parks,with its huge parking lots,directed traffic and manicured walks leading to the church. Once inside there are “cast members” with name tags. Most of the Masses we have attended included a “pre-show”. After the entrance procession, while the stragglers were still coming in, Father asked everyone to sit and he talked about the shrine and asked for donations. By the time he was done, most of the stragglers were in their seats and the Penitential Rite started. On the way out, traffic flowed through the gift shop, just like a Disney ride. On the other hand, the Masses were well done, and someone has to pay for the upkeep. I think it is a great solution to the problem of visitors overwhelming a local area. I know when we were in Pigeon Forge TN, well over half the people in the overcrowded Mass we attended were tourists. Why should the local people pay lots of money to build a bigger church for folks who are just visiting and throwing pocket change in the collection?

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