The Wonderful and the Wlatsome
Sunday, August 31, 2003
Name of Parish:St. James the Apostle
Location: Trumansburg, NY
Date and Time:5 PM Saturday Vigil Mass, 8/30/03
The Wonderful: The Pastor, a Capuchin named Fr. Eugene, is solidly orthodox and gives solid, thoughtful homilies without any nonsense. The music is traditional, if simple (two hymns, plus an offertory Organ piece) and generally the people are participative. The congregation is reasonably pious in attitude, and the Mass is said quite reverently -- it's also the only rubrically accurate Mass said within a 30 mile radius.
The Wlatsome: The organist is somewhat inexperienced, sometimes killing congregational singing though errors. The people have a tendency to dress down quite severely -- you see lots of t-shirts, tight blouses, and shorts at this Mass, during the warm months. There's a lot of talking in the Church immediately after Mass.
Name of Parish: St. Anonymous the Vague
Location: Anytown, ST
Date and Time: 11 PM Sunday Mass, Month / Day / Year
The Wonderful: (here follows your enumeration of what's great about this parish -- is the music heavenly? Are the homilies brilliant? The marble sparkling? Put all that here)
The Wlatsome: (here, you tell us why we might want to avoid this parish. Are the homilies heterodox? The choir a former inquisitorial torture instrument? The liturgy ad-libbed beyond all recognition? Let us know here)
Welcome to the blog for all of us!
I have for some time pondered the possibility of building a website to complement www.masstimes.org, which is a great resource, but which does not distinguish Our Lady of the Spirit of Vatican II from St. Stanislas the Stern. I take as my rough model The Mystery Worshipper, an ecumenical effort of similar style. I had a couple of abortive attempts to design such a page, attempts that failed chiefly because I didn't know then how to reach enough Catholics to get a decent-sized database formed; now, thanks to you blog readers, reaching such an audience is now a snap!
I chose the name of the blog to make for easy browsing; wlatsome is a sufficiently obscure word that searching on, say, st. james AND wlatsome should turn up only hits from this site. I also really like that word.
This is very much a work in progress, by design -- so in addition to describing your parishes, please send in advice, suggestions, and offers of help freely.
Now, start contributing!