I felt the solemnity of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

I never go to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart for services, or for communion.

I have my church. I love going into the Basilica of the Sacred Heart for the feeling of peace i have when inside. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is the University Church for the University of Notre Dame. The church had been standing on these grounds since August 15, 1888. The Basilica is neo-gothic and home to the largest collections of 19th century French stained glass. It has the oldest set bells in the tower, in North America. The bells are played by an automatic mechanism similar to a player’s piano roll. Notre Dame is one of the oldest universities in North America, is located in South Bend, Indiana, and is home of the fighting Irish. The Basilica is the church for all students and residents of the university and South Bend. The Basilica is open for private prayer and touring, but on a hot day, the cool air that is part of the Basilica is a welcoming relief. I can find peace and comfort within its walls, and I always walk out with a smile. I seldom go there during the winter, because it is too cold to take that half-mile walk, but the summer is a pleasant time to visit. They don’t need air conditioning in the church because of the stone, but I know they have it. Thousands of people attend their services throughout the week. Sometimes, when there is standing room only, when people come just to hear the carillons ring out.

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