The Traveling Wheelchair went to the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Mission Hill, where the services were held for Sen. Kennedy. You'll find a review here.
Once arriving at The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Church I was pleased to see there is a beautiful wheelchair accessible ramp located on the side of the stairs leading to the entry door. This historical church was built between 1876 and 1878 and it is nice to a beautiful historical building can be ‘Accessible to All’!! The entry door at the top of the ramp is not automatic so Ric held the door open for me as I drove my Permobil C350 Power Chair inside. The church is absolutely beautiful, quiet and peaceful. Located in the foyer are some brochures which provide a full history of the church. The church was elevated to basilica status in 1956 by Pope Pius XII.
Inside is glorious! The center and side aisles are spacious and wide with plenty of room to wheel your chair. The paintings, altars, shrines and statues are breathtakingly beautiful as well.
Kenny goes on to describe the seating, the votive area, and the altars (the latter have no wheelchair access). Neither do the confessionals. Kenny gave them two stars for access, with some suggestions, but gave
FIVE STARS for its Magnificence, Holiness, Healing and Peace it offers to its visitors.
" FIVE STARS to Senator Edward Kennedy. May your Legacy and Dream Live On! Thank-You and God Bless! "
Please go on over and see the beautiful photos and read the rest of Kenny's review.
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