Old St. Patrick's Church, New Orleans

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  • Such a beautiful church. The altar is just amazing and takes your breath away. Make sure you confirm what day/times they are open during weekdays before venturing out.  more »
  • Church located only about 100 metres from Lafayette Square and from the outside is a nice piece of architectural design. Inside is beautiful and worth a look, I attended the 12.00pm mass and it was we...  more »
  • My wife and I have seen cathedrals throughout Europe and Old St. Patrick's is right up there with it's beautiful structure and excellent upkeep of the facility. From the moment we walked in, we were i...  more »
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  • Saint Patrick's is an absolutely gorgeous church. My fiance' and I are getting married here the day before Saint Patrick's Day. The history behind the church is fascinating considering it was the second church to be built in New Orleans. Yes, the dress is modest if you intend to have a wedding ceremony here but this is made crystal clear from day 1. This is a very old and extremely traditional church so the level of modesty they require was not shocking nor did it bother me personally. They just don't make churches like this anymore. They call it Old Saint Patrick's for a reason. :)
  • BRIDES BEWARE!...like seriously, B-E-W-A-R-E! I'm not sure what the story is with the wedding coordinator of this church, Ann Johnson, but she is truly a nightmare to deal with. My fiancé and I are both young professionals. Both of us were raised Catholic from birth with our ancestors all practicing the Catholic faith as far back as anyone can remember. I attended Catholic school from first grade through law school. Suffice it to say, I am familiar with Catholicism and have encountered my fair share of "difficult" church ladies. Ann, by far, takes the cake. We chose St. Patrick's for our wedding ceremony for several reasons. It is an Irish Catholic Church, and we are both Irish Catholic. I work next door. It is 4 blocks from our reception venue, eliminating the need for transportation. I read a few reviews before putting my deposit down from other brides who said Ann was difficult to work with, particularly regarding style of dress. Honestly, I thought it must have been the brides who were being unreasonable. With New Orleans being a popular destination wedding city, and I've seen several ~questionable~ wardrobe choices for brides/bridal parties, so I figured these reviews were written by a few crazy bridezillas, and figured I would have no problem - especially considering I'm a conservative dresser to begin with, and my grandmother would literally fall over and die at first sight of her granddaughter in a strapless dress in the church. BOY WAS I WRONG!! Anyway, long story short, Ann told me I had to make several modifications to my wedding dress in order to wear it in the church (without a shawl or bolero or something else to cover my sinful body). It was too low in the back, and too low in the front. No cleavage - as defined in the WEDDING CONTRACT, yes, cleavage is defined in the contract you have to sign with the church... should've been the first red flag - was showing. BUT, you could tell that I did indeed have breasts under the dress so I guess that was an issue. I didn't really care that much and just figured I would ask the designer to add some removable tulle and would remove it as soon as the ceremony was over. I suggested this to Anne, however I was told that tulle would provide insufficient coverage. It had to be the embroidered tulle that was featured on the bodice of my dress. That's right, the hand-embroidered tulle. Regular tulle was insufficient for Ann. It had to be hand embroidered tulle. So what could've been a $100 no big deal modification would've ended up costing $1000+. Not long after the learning the news about MY dress, I began to send her pictures of the dresses I had picked out for bridesmaids for approval. Because a photo of every female in the wedding party's outfit must be sent to Ann for APPROVAL. None of the dresses I sent were strapless, they were all the most conservative I could find. I wanted to avoid everyone being wrapped in shawls like mummies (or like there was something to hide or be ashamed of). I sent in about 15 dresses for approval for my 8 bridesmaids, who I wanted all to wear a different dress. Not a single one was approved to be worn without a shawl. Not even one with a halter top that went up to your collarbone in the front and back was appropriate. Because you can see the female's shoulders. Female shoulders are apparently too illicit to be seen in the church. Again, a tulle capelet that would have been aesthetically pleasing and also provide coverage of the incredibly sexy female shoulder was denied. I could go on much longer about how rude she was and how the priest refused to meet with me and my parents to discuss any of it, or how I had to practically harass them to get my deposit back (yes, 7 months before my wedding I decided to leave), but I feel like you get the picture. BEWARE! Get married anywhere else. I've never felt more unwelcome in my life. Nothing about their behavior was Christian. Enjoy this meaningful day somewhere that welcomes you and shares your joy!
  • Beautiful church! Priest is very favorable among the church, hope to attend again when in New Orleans.
  • There are dozens of absolutely stunning churches in the new Orleans area, but I haven't found another with such a beautiful liturgy. In either the Latin Mass at 9:30 or the high norvua ordo Mass at 11, this is the place to be. Great community and wonderful clergy make this a must.
  • Was their a week ago for a beautiful Extraordinary Mass. Sunday the October the 25th. How I would have like to have been their this evening for All Soul's Mass.

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