From my experience, it was difficult to determine the socioeconomic class of the congregation. Many people came to the church walking and at the same time; others were driving. The cars were of different classes ranging from low to high social class. Everybody appeared well groomed indecent clothing, which also made me think that the congregation was more of well-off people. The use of English was prominent among many people, though there were some who were speaking Spanish. However, the priest spoke English throughout. The age and gender representation was almost uniform.
There were as many women as men. People mingled freely and sat in the same place making it hard to distinguish or to know the number that outweighs the other. Despite the gender balance, the number of young ones was less compared to adults. The age distribution was not uniform since not all parents came with their children but a few. I believe a number of factors such as economic conditions contributed this since many Americans do not want to have more children. Moreover, the aging population might have played a role in the age distribution I witnessed in the church.
The majority of the congregation were whites with few Indians and blacks. At St Monica Catholic Church, the church is divided in a way that makes it easy for one to know where to sit. I believe so because they want to distinguish the sacred space from the rest. Space was divided into almost four sections with the most visible ones being the altar and where the congregation sits. The altar is recognized and regarded as a holy place where only the priest and his helpers sit and it is situated a distance from the congregation.
The buildings and ground are arranged to facilitate a sense of the divine because sacred places are lit with a candle as opposed to other places. The places that are lit and raised are more holy than places lying low. I think so because people bow down when going to these holy places including the priest. Moreover, different activities happen in this holy and secular places.
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