The Wonderful and the Wlatsome
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
6 PM, Nov. 15
The Wonderful: N/A
The Wlatsome: Lots of chatting before, after, and during the mass. Many people stood up in the back. Indian priest, who had little English and was hard to understand. New-age music with guitar, and low number of people participating in the singing. Lots of casual dress. Fountain-type holy water font.
5:15 PM, Nov 8
The Wonderful: Praying of the Rosary encouraged. Large Print in Bulletin read, "Friday is a universal day of penance: abstain from all meat." Crowded, but quiet. Bulletin suggests that they are very active in the community
The Wlatsome: Priest wandered aisle during his sermon. Brought up the DaVinci Code, and did not explain its heresy or mention that it was anti-Catholic and / or heretical.
11 AM, Nov. 9
The Wonderful: Gorgeous church architecture and stained-glass windows. First church in Western Tennessee, and everything is preserved. Good attendance. Obviously a family-oriented parish. All priests are Dominican Friars.
The Wlatsome: Lots and Lots of loud chit-chat before and after the mass.
5:15 PM, Nov. 9
The Wonderful: N/A
The Wlatsome: Church stripped of kneelers. Memphis construction makes it hard to find. Tabernacle is very low to the ground, almost hidden behind the altar. The Nicene Creed was skipped. And, the peace, which was right after the General Intercessions, was five minutes of social time-- loud conversations took place, and the priest and deacon went in and out of the pews to greet every person in attendance. In the middle of the service, there is a 'meet the visitor' time, in which visitors are encourages to introduce themselves. The Collection Plates were not passed around. Instead, those making donations had to walk to the front of the church with their money. There were several Extraordinary Ministers for only about 20-30 mass attenders. Hand holding during the Our Father--not only present, but encouraged in the preface by the priest.
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Name of Parish:Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Location: Moriarty, NM
Date and Time: ?
The Wonderful:The new GIRM is mentioned at every Mass. Music is provided by guitar and includes Spanish and English music.
The Wlatsome: Hand-holding during the Lord's Prayer. Recently, parishioners were even asked to hold up their hands Protestant-style to ask for the blessings of the Lord. Music is provided by guitar and includes Spanish and English music.