The Wonderful and the Wlatsome
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Name of Parish: Queenship of Mary
Location: Plainsboro, NJ
Date and Time: Saturday Vigil 5:30pm, Sundays 7am, 8:45am, 10:30am, 12:15pm
The Wonderful: Solid orthodox pastor (who calls himself "pastor", not "administrator!) celebrates thoughtful, reverent Mass, no liturgical abuses to speak of, a growing parish with a lot of young families as well as some older folks, a music ministry that tries very hard, pastor encourages frequent Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as more active participation in one's faith, Easter week celebrated very meaningfully and reverently, Do-nut Sundays encourage new parishioners to register, have several groups/comittees/clubs one can join, weekend priests who assist give solid homilies.
The Wlatsome: Parishioners continuously showing up late to Mass (despite the pastor mentioning this at times), music ministry is inconsistent--sometimes beautiful voices as when the director of music herself sings, other times horrible off note voices (by well meaning yet misguided parishioners who want to participate) are leading the songs, 1970's style church with minimal traditional touches, Resurrected Christ at the altar instead of Crucified Christ, no crying room for unruly children and sobbing babies, hence some young parents just let them do what they want which causes distraction.