"The parish...is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a centre of constant missionary outreach."
Little Flower Catholic Church and School has served the spiritual and material needs of the Myrtle Grove community for over 70 years. Our newly redesigned seal seeks to capture our full history, theology, and mission.
Every color, symbol, image and element of the larger design of the seal intentionally seeks one purpose: to unite the Church and School of Little Flower in the single mission of forming missionary disciples for Christ.
Keep reading below to discover the particular elements of the seal and our history.
“God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realized; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.”
St. Thérèse of Lisieux
St. Thérèse of Lisieux
The center of the parish seal is dominated by the figure of St. Therese of Lisieux, our patroness. She is depicted in heavenly glory as indicated by the halo and wearing the full Carmelite habit of the Order to which she belonged. She cradles in her hands a depiction of Little Flower Catholic Church, signifying her patronage and affection for our parishioners. Her right index finger is pointed heavenward as a reminder that the origin and destiny of all truth, goodness, and beauty is found in God alone. The pedestal upon which she stands is engraved with the year "1945," the year our parish was founded.
The Left Shield of the Parish Seal represents the church. It is strewn with three white roses representing St. Therese of Lisieux sending graces from heaven (as suggested by the downward movement of the red vertical division). The upper part of the shield is separated by a wavy line (suggesting clouds) with a crown above to represent Christ the King coming on the clouds of heaven. The crown also represents St. Stephen, of which our parish was originally a mission of St. Stephen's Church in Pensacola. The red and white of the shield pays homage to the colors of the Diocesan Coat of Arms and suggests the theme of Divine Mercy.
The Right Shield of the Parish Seal represents the school. The book of the Gospels atop the Cross, represents the mission of Catholic education. This image is separated from the top portion of the shield by a serrated line, recalling the roofline of the old barracks that served as the original school building. The winged red rose at the top of the shield, suggests the patronage of St. Therese, and the mascot of our school (The Cardinals). The star, taken from the Coat of Arms of the Carmelite Order to which St. Therese belonged, suggests devotion to Our Lady and Divine guidance. The red and white of the shield pays homage to the colors of the Diocesan Coat of Arms.
In the 1960's, it was decided that a larger, more permanent structure was needed to replace the original house church. When designing the current church structure, the architect employed a Spanish missionary style of architecture. This style, which honors the Spanish Catholic missionaries who first arrived on our shores to establish the Church in the New World, was also employed in the overall style of our parish shield. The structure upon which St. Therese stands, alongside the flourishes and fleur-de-lis (a classic symbol of the Trinity and of the Blessed Virgin) of the shields, are all typical of this Spanish style.