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AQ/Naz Mass

September 29th, 2010, Promulgated by Ink

Mass today was… interesting, to say the least.  I think I need to be cleansed… heheh, guess I write for the right site then, hmm? =P

This post sums up what Mass was like… very, very well, in fact.  I’ll go through some of it and add my comments in purple.

After my homeroom finally discovered where we were supposed to sit, I started to look around. I glanced at a group of girls wearing sleeveless (but high-collared), short, sparkly peach dresses, and i got a sinking feeling that they would dance. And dance they did. During the opening hymn, the girls (and one boy who was wearing a blue t-shirt and black pants) they couldn’t even make him match the girls! started slowly walking through the isle of Nazareth students, their arms in front of them as if they were zombies. once they reached the front, they stood in a formation and moved oddly in something I would not consider a dance in any context. While they moved, a teacher, presumably the Nazareth music teacher, was standing at a microphone, rocking back and forth and bouncing up and down with a guitar, singing. It was acoustic–were it electric, I just might have walked out right then and there. There was also a teacher (whom I’d heard was a Spanish teacher) on drums. The entire thing looked terribly un-Catholic, and I found myself rather glad that the mass was in the gym – I didn’t want to have bad associations of the Auditorium and I would never wish that on a church. It was like Port-A-Sacred-Heart-Cathedral.

That’s just part of it.  This whole so-called “Mass” was enough for me to end up in tears shortly afterward.  I can call the experience nothing short of outright traumatizing.

Also, a note on the bishop’s homily on angels (which was really about how we should be like angels to others–not really about angels at all but about the community present): it felt weak and nonmotivational, and to be honest… after Fr. Bonsignore’s homily on angels at High Mass on Sunday, I don’t think anyone can top it.

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8 Responses to “AQ/Naz Mass”

  1. avatar Choirloft says:

    Ink – If you can get some of the girls interested in wearing the chapel veil at the next Mass, I will pay for up to 20 of them. Oremus pro invicem!

  2. … which was really about how we should be like angels to others–not really about angels at all but about the community present …

    The “Miracle of Sharing” is visited upon Angelology.

  3. avatar Ink says:

    Choir loft: You’re on. I got a lot of questions about it, which was nice.
    Rich: Something on par with that thought wandered vaguely around my mind as I sat there with a piously glazed look on my face. >_>;

  4. avatar Dr. K says:

    Also, a note on the bishop’s homily on angels (which was really about how we should be like angels to others–not really about angels at all but about the community present): it felt weak and nonmotivational

    Bishop Clark is a terrible, uninspiring preacher. For a man with the education he supposedly has, it’s rarely made apparent through his preaching and writing that he has taken a single advanced course in theology. Why doesn’t he ever put that education to good use instead of talking to his flock like they are children? I can see maybe in this instance, since his homily was directed toward high school students, but his preaching is always like this. Compare any of Clark’s homilies to the homilies of a bishop like Archbishop Dolan, Chaput, etc. There is no comparison.

  5. avatar Ink's Mum says:

    Dr. K, you are being too kind in so many ways. Bishop Clark’s homily should NOT have to be “dumbed down” for high school students at a Catholic high school! If the high school is teaching what it is supposed to teach, the bishop should feel compelled to deliver an edifying and inspiring homily! Alas…

  6. avatar Monk says:

    Ink, your Mass sounds like the Masses we had to endure in my high school in the ’70s. Let’s get real, when are these folks going to figure out that they are dinosaurs of the past? The Catholic world around them is changing fast and they will be swept aside soon enough. You can be proud that you are part of the Catholic orthodoxy that is knocking at their door!

  7. avatar Anonymous says:

    The bishop doesn’t put his education to use because he has abandoned it and adopted a very radical progressive theology, contrary to Catholocism.

  8. avatar Dr. K says:

    Bishop Clark writes about the Mass here.

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